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Way of Life

Tim Durtschi, shown here going airborne in St. Anton, Austria, is one of several athletes featured in Teton Gravity Research's movie, "Way of Life." That was released in 2013.

Wilson-based Teton Gravity Research became the first production company to win Best Film by both Powder and Surfer magazines, the company released on Wednesday morning.

"Andy Irons: Kissed By God" earned the distinction of Best Documentary by Surfer Magazine for 2018 and "Far Out" won Best Film by Powder Magazine at the company's annual awards ceremony in December.

The film "Andy Irons: Kissed By God" is about the legendary surfer's bipolar disorder and his battle with opioid addiction. Irons was a three-time ASP World Champion during his 10 years of professional surfing before his death at age 32.

"Kissed By God is the most emotionally charged and intricate film I have ever directed with my brother, Todd," said Steve Jones, Founder and President of Teton Gravity Research. "I am honored to have earned the deepest level of trust with the Irons family to finally deliver the uncensored story of Andy's life. To receive this award on a film of such sensitive subject matter around one of surfing's most prolific figures is a huge honor."

Powder Magazine, in addition to Best Film, also awarded "Far Out" with Best Post-Production and Best Powder. That film features myriad winter sports athletes as they descend mountains in several locations ranging from Jackson Hole to Albania. It is the fifth film from Teton Gravity Research to win that award (For Lack of Better, 2016; Almost Ablaze, 2014; Re:Session, 2009; High Life, 2004).

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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