Born and raised in Stockholm, I started skiing when I was about 2 years old in Väsjöbacken. I started Alpine racing when I was 5 years old but at that time my biggest passion in life was ice hockey. At age 9 my family moved up north to Åre (swedens most popular ski resort). My oldest brother was starting at the ski academy there, and when I moved up I got introduced to ”freeskiing”.
I remember being the most stoked ever when me and my brother went through the terrain park for the first time. We had always been skiing together while searching for small bumps and jumps to hit but now there was a whole slope full of it! And then there was these competitions called ”Red Bull Big Air” where all the best freeskiers in the world got invited to compete. I saw the competition and was like, ”I am done with ice hockey, this is what I wanna do for the rest of my life, this is what I’m gonna put all my effort and dedication into”.
So instead of always having a hockey goal out on the backyard we switched it out to a small jump and a wood rail. I kept going with hockey and alpine racing until I was 15 years old, my brother told me that it would help my balance and such for the future. When I was 10 years old I went on a racing camp in Italy, on the bus I met Jacob Wester (Swedish pro freeskier). He told me all about the sport, how cool and free it was and how I had to learn how to do a backflip once we get there. After three tries I landed it and it was one of the most amazing feelings I’ve ever had, big ups and thank you Jacob!
I got my first sponsorship when I was 11 from Scott and they invited me to freeski camps and shoots, I was beyond stoked. I went to my first US Freeskiing Open when I was 13 years old, didn’t qualify but it was a good experience. The next year I went back, made finals and landed my first switch 1260. Jon Olsson saw it, went up to me and invited me to his competition Jon Olsson Invitational. It was among the best times for me, I got to hang out with all the best skiers in the world, hit the best jump ever so I was STOKED. I also landed my first switch 1440 (at age 14).
I kept competing a bunch but I also always wanted to film and make movies with my brother and friends. We thought that it was the coolest part about skiing since you’re able to express your style and tricks with more freedom. Since then, I’ve competed in Dew Tours, X-Games, Freestyle.ch, European Opens and more. Competition pushes me to to try new crazy tricks that haven’t been done yet and to do it in my style.
Filming helps me push my style even more because you have the time to make it exactly how you like it to be. I’ve been in a lot of ski-movies from companies like Level 1 Productions, 4bi9 Media, Stept Productions, Poor Boyz Productions, Matchstick Productions, Field Productions, Rage Films, Astivation Project but this past year me and my best friend Phil Casabon joined the Inspired Media movement to get even more freedom. Being a pro skier can be really intense sometimes, travelling to competitions, film shoots, photo shoots, etc. To get a little bit more relax time we started making our own online serie of edits – B&E Show. And this is what we put the most effort and time into as far as filming goes.
For professional inquiries
Please contact Erik Harlaut: erik(@)harlaut.se
Phone: +46 735 43 63 13