For the first time, The Audi Nines has released a documentary, Nothing Quite Like It, which combines the sports of both of their annual events: mountain bikers, freeskiers and snowboarders. This unification addresses a certain breed of humans who travel around the world doing ridiculous stunts. Sometimes on snowy mountains, and sometimes in dirt covered quarries. This documentary takes a look at what happens when these athletes are given the opportunity to help design a super-sized playground to do whatever they want with.

The Nines were first founded in 2008 as a purely freeski event, then introduced a mountain bike component in 2011 along with the first all-female freeski event. Then in 2014, snowboarding was added to the winter roster. This event series is unique in the way that it brings together some of the world’s best athletes for a week-long film and photo session to exhibit human talent and ambition. From stunning course design and athletic prowess, to the creation of unforgettable action-sports moments.

James Woods. Photo by Florian Breitenberger

These sports are strange hybrids between an individual sport and a team sport. The athletes make individual choices to put themselves in the air, but there’s also a unique and integral sense of camaraderie which allows for such high levels of progression.

Max Fredriksson. Photo by Klaus Polzer

Nothing Quite Like It explores why these athletes throw themselves off jumps the size of houses. Why, when they repeatedly crash into the ground, do they keep getting back up and trying again, when no one is forcing them to do it? There must be more motivating them than a simple desire for good social media engagement. They’re not trying to beat each other either at the Audi Nines, and this documentary looks at why the athletes, regardless of gender or discipline, keep returning year after year.

Photo by David Malacrida

The documentary is also an ode to everyone involved in The Nines, who annually work together to create a unique vibe at this special event, ensuring the stoke is real for everyone involved, united in the Audi Nines Family. It’s an experience that is hard to describe, because honestly, there’s nothing quite like it.

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