Jacob Sutton’s L.E.D. Surfer

A Night-time Snowboarding Short Lights Up the Last of the Winter Snow

Fashion photographer and filmmaker Jacob Sutton swaps the studio for the slopes of Tignes in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France, with a luminous after hours short starring Artec pro snowboarder William Hughes. The electrifying film sees Hughes light up the snow-covered French hills in a bespoke L.E.D.-enveloped suit courtesy of designer and electronics whizz John Spatcher. “I was really drawn to the idea of a lone character made of light surfing through darkness,” says Sutton of his costume choice. “I've always been excited by unusual ways of lighting things, so it seemed like an exciting idea to make the subject of the film the only light source.” Sutton, who has created work for the likes of Hermès, Burberry and The New York Times, spent three nights on a skidoo with his trusty Red Epic camera at temperatures of -25C to snap Hughes carving effortlessly through the deep snow, even enlisting his own father to help maintain the temperamental suit throughout the demanding shoot. “Filming in the suit was the most surreal thing I’ve done in 20 years of snowboarding,” says Hughes of the charged salopettes. “Luckily there was plenty of vin rouge to keep me warm, and Jacob’s enthusiasm kept everyone going through the cold nights.”

Visit our Facebook page to read interviews with filmmaker Jacob Sutton, snowboarder William Hughes, and the rest of the team behind the L.E.D Surfing film. 

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  • Pierre_pep
    Beautifull!!! Is there a longer version?
  • maxsurfer
    For more info / videos / pictures on L.E.D surfboards / snowboards and night surfing, visit: <a href="http://on.fb.me/UMtKxM" target="_blank">http://on.fb.me/UMtKxM</a>
    • Posted By maxsurfer
    • September 24, 2012 at 6:04PM
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  • deadman
    Nice work, and fantastic video. Anywhere to download the music? Couldn't find anything specific about shervin shaeri on mutant jukekox.
    • Posted By deadman
    • February 16, 2012 at 10:33AM
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  • jwaverly
    How did the rider power all those lights? The batteries must have been an issue. Killer video just the same. We posted it on our site. We hope you gain more attention for the vid. Good job! <a href="http://bit.ly/yE0O7w" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/yE0O7w</a>
    • Posted By jwaverly
    • February 16, 2012 at 8:36AM
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