Boot In The Door

Parker White, Ahmet Dadali, and Dane Tudor talk about what it means to win the Breakthrough Performer Award at the PVAs

Sean Pettit receives high praise from Tanner Hall after winning Breakthrough Performer at the 2010 Powder Awards.

Breakthrough Performer. To win it means you’ve produced a segment that will stand the test of time. Past winners are a list of “who’s who” in the ski film world, including Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Ingrid Backstrom, Pep Fujas, Dana Flahr, Kye Petersen, Ian McIntosh, and Sean Pettit. With the 2013 POWDER Awards presented by Icelantic Glacial right around the corner, we caught up with the last three Breakthrough winners to discuss the award, what it means, and who might take the award home at the show on Thursday, January 17, in Park City, Utah.

2012 – Parker White – After Dark – Level 1 Productions

What does it feel like to hear your name called and be recognized by the industry for having a great segment?
Ha…I wasn’t really paying attention. When I figured it out, I was stoked. I didn’t know I was even up for the award. I was just there to hang out. It’s a cool award. It’s a good way to get your foot in the door. It’s sick to get an award for not a competition.

What goes into making an unforgettable segment?
It’s a lot of time and effort. It’s having a certain eye for things to be able go out and pick things apart differently than someone usually would. What makes a great segment is to have a few firsts in there. To do something in a different way is what makes a segment.

Who would be your pick for Breakthrough Performer this year?
I don’t know if it they’re Breakthrough because they’ve been in it for a minute. Henrik [Harlaut] dropped one of the best segments of all time. It’s next level. Also Clayton Vila. The Creep and The Education of Style were my two favorite segments.

2011 – Ahmet Dadali – Eye Trip – Level 1 Productions

What does it feel like to hear your name called and be recognized by the industry for having a great segment?
I wasn’t expecting it. I think I looked at my girlfriend. I said something like, “What’s up girl.” I was really enthused. I watched Seth Morrison win things back in the day at Powder Awards and it was my first time really winning something. It must be the same feeling as a comp skier winning X Games.

What goes into making an unforgettable segment?
Putting a lot of you into the segment. Skiing does the talking. You can do stuff two ways: You can hit something and come off of it and say that’s good enough. Or you can hit it, then hit it again and surpass what you did. That year I pushed myself to take it to that second level. I was doing shit that scared me.

Who would be your pick for Breakthrough Performer this year?
For me, I think Shea Flynn is the illest. His segment in The Eighty Six was amazing. He skis with his personality. It was real natural skiing. He didn’t try and overdo anything. It was Shea Flynn style. It’s the segment that got me pumped again. I can watch it over and over again to get ready to go skiing.

2010 – Dane Tudor – Everyday is a Saturday – Poor Boyz Productions

What does it feel like to hear your name called and be recognized by the industry for having a great segment?
To be honest, I had won Best Male at IF3 and I was a little prepared to win it. That being said, I was surprised. It all came out of nowhere. It was a pretty cool experience and truly was my breakthrough performance. That award set the stage for years to come. The trophy is in Rossland, on my dresser in my bedroom at my mom’s place.

What goes into making an unforgettable segment?
It takes lots of jump building and being out there every day. A lot of people think it’s easy and [pro skiers] have this plush job. It is awesome and fun but there’s definitely a lot of hard work that goes into as well.

Who would be your pick for Breakthrough Performer this year?
I’m not too sure. I haven’t watched all the movies. Leigh [Powis]’ segment was awesome but he’s been around for a little while. Karl [Fostvedt]’s segment was sick too.

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