Tom Wallisch had a meteoric rise to stardom through a few key Internet videos that garnered the interest of the skiing world. His fluid and technical rail skiing was leaps and bounds above most other established pros. While establishing his credibility with breakout performances with ski film company Level 1, Tom innovated terrain park skiing for his peers.
Tom has gone on to win X Games slopestyle gold, produce high end film content through his own production business, ‘Good Company’ and hold endorsement deals with some of the industry’s biggest brands like North Face and GoPro.
While recovering from his latest injury, Tom has found creative ways to stay involved in skiing in the last year, including becoming one of the voices behind ESPN’s Winter X Games television broadcast.
Denver based director & cinematographer Blake Kimmel has created a short documentary on skier, Tom Wallisch. The piece was commissioned by ESPN and will air nationally on ABC TV, Saturday, January 19th, 12PM MT alongside similar profiles covering the likes of snowboarder Anna Gasser & moto-cross rider Jackson Strong.
The featurette includes archival footage from cinematographers AJ Dakoulas and Kyle Decker as well as interviews from Tom’s parents, 5-time X Games medalist James Woods and urban skier Khai Krepela.
Kimmel is a director, cinematographer and editor who has worked in snow sports for over 12 years and is known for having shot relatable park skiing footage that garnered attention and rippled through the internet in the pre-Instagram era. He also contributes to some of Level 1 Productions films as a freelancer and was a key editor on the company’s award winning film, Partly Cloudy.