Updated: November 17, 2011, 7:58 PM ET

Thovex announces new movie with Quiksilver

Candide Thovex says he's starting a two-year film project with Quiksilver.

By Greg Fitzsimmons
ESPN Action Sports

Ducasse / QuiksilverThovex will set aside competition for the time being to focus on his film.

Candide Thovex announced on Wednesday that he'll be pursuing a two-year film project with Quiksilver, similar to what snowboarder Travis Rice put together in "That's It. That's All." Thovex will be taking a step down from competition for the next two years to focus on the film.

There's not much more Thovex could win in the arena of competitive freeskiing: He's already won three Winter X Games gold medals (in Big Air, Slopestyle, and Superpipe), the 2010 Red Bull Linecatcher in France, and the overall title of the 2010 Freeride World Tour. He's already proved that he's one of the most versatile skiers in the world. Why not add film director to his resume?

Ducasse / Quiksilver"I've always been passionate about directing," Thovex says, "and I've been waiting for this opportunity for a long time."
Ducasse / QuiksilverThovex has won every type of contest you can win in freeskiing.

In making the film, Thovex is following a childhood dream that will allow him to exhibit his artful approach to skiing. With Quicksilver backing the project, he has the support and freedom to make use of his creative approach to skiing, exemplified best in Candide Kamera 2, his 2010 film that created a lot of buzz in the ski industry.

"I've always been passionate about directing, and I've been waiting for this opportunity for a long time," says Thovex. "This film project follows on from my experience with Candide Kamera. It wasn't an easy decision to take time out from competition and particularly the Freeride World Tour, especially after I had such a good season in 2010. But Quiksilver is offering me the chance to realize a dream ... and it's just too good to refuse! I'll be concentrating on the film for two seasons, but I haven't ruled out returning to competition when it's finished."