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4200 miles from Arctic to Baja on rollerskis in 90 days… Incredible and unique story of sportsman Raymond Dombrovsky.

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About the Film

“A to B Rollerski” is a documentary film that covers the journey of Raymond Dombrovsky as he rollerskis 4,200 miles (6,759km) from Inuvik (Arctic, Canada) to Baja (Mexico) in 90 days. 

This is a true story about a man full of passion for the adventure who strives to reach goals despite hardship and barriers. It is a story about each one of us, our aspirations for freedom and adventure. 

At the age of 17, Raymond Dombrovsky moved from Latvia to the United States. With a hard work and dedication, he became a seven time National Biathlon Champion. Then an unfortunate incident changed his life. Right before the Calgary Olympic Games in 1988, Raymond had to undergo a serious operation, which put a stop to his professional career. 

At that moment he could have given up, but instead Raymond made a decision to start this journey, proving that only sky is the limit to those who dare to dream big. No one had ever done anything like this before and until this day no one has repeated it. 

At that time Raymond’s unique story was widely spread across the USA media, which makes us wonder if perhaps his experience served as an inspiration for the "run across the country" in the world-famous movie, “Forrest Gump,” released later in 1994. Arnis Aspers, director and producer of “A to B Rollerski”: “This is the moment when we know – the story about Raymond, his boundless power of human spirit, and endless courage needs to be told to inspire people around the world to do new and great things."

About 20 hours of video materials have been saved from 1988 and will be used for the basis of the movie. On September 9, Raymond and our filming crew will return to Inuvik where it all started.  They will cover the same road to Baja filming the movie by looking back at the adventure through a time frame of 26 years. 

Raymond Dombrovskis: “Without a doubt I can say that this documentary won’t be another story about how to go from A to B on rollerskis. This will be a story about the most important time of my life when just like a house of cards, all my dreams collapsed and my goals faded away with it. The movie will tell about the moment when I was left with two options – to give up and be stuck in my misery or to gather all my willpower and move on, proving to myself and everyone else that not the circumstances, but we are the ones that set our own boundaries.”

Raymond's Story

Raymond Dombrovsky – a professional athlete and an experienced adventurer - was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1962. As a child, he tried out several sports but really found himself in biathlon. While competing in Soviet Russia, Raymond got high results in youth competitions and was targeted for the local stardom. However, due to the complicated situation in the country in 1979, he emigrated to the USA together with his family on the pretext of his stepfather being Jewish. 

After the family settled in New York, Raymond thought he had lost his sport. Later on, he found out that it is possible to practice biathlon in Seattle, so he moved and resumed training. With hard work and dedication, Raymond gained several champion titles and a chance to secure a place in the USA Olympic Team for 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. 

Unfortunately, he never got to compete due to an urgent appendix surgery right before the competition. This was a turning point in his career as a professional athlete, which also meant the right time to fulfill his dreams outside the sports arena.

The Journey 

Raymond has always been a real adventure seeker, so he decided to start a journey on rollerskis as part of his training process. He set a goal to rollerski from Inuvik in Canada to Baja in Mexico, covering 4,200 miles (6,759 km) in 90 days. 

During the adventure, Raymond experienced the unique nature of USA and Canada as well as explored himself as a human being. He tested the limits of his own endurance, passion, and dedication. He met many locals, other travelers, and native Americans, which gave a chance to explore the local cultures and social issues. Raymond had not chosen the easiest or the shortest way. Without a helmet or guards, dressed only in woolen sportswear of the Latvian team – that’s how the Americans met “that crazy Latvian.” 

It would be false to say that the trip was strictly planned or insured. Sometimes the travelers lacked money and needed to get to the nearest post office to take out the 100 dollars that a friend had caringly sent. The by-passers always asked the same question: “Why are you doing this?” to what Raymond replied: “I think there is no particular reason but at the same time - one hundred reasons.”

"A to B Rollerski" Crew

A to B Rollerski Team This project has gathered young & creative professionals from United Artists of Moodwork and production group Look at Riga to share this inspiring story with the world.

Kickstarter Funding

Until this point, we have successfully financed our project. Now we have reached the point in our production where we are going across North America again together with Raymond to explore how the story has evolved within 26 years. 

The expedition will empty our budget, however, leaving us with unique footage to work with. Therefore, with a little help from you we will be able to bring this story out in a daylight and finance the post production phase. 

REWARDS 

Support

We could not make, and proceed with, "A to B Rollerski” journey without each and every person's presence in it. 

The biggest thank you goes to all our current supporters, and special thanks goes to our native band BrainStorm, and composer David Field, whose song, “Butterfly in a Bottle,” is already included in the soundtrack of the documentary.

 If you or your band would like to make a great investment, share your music with us, like BrainStorm as well as vocal group Latvian Voices did. 

It's easy and hard at the same time, but we still believe that we can encourage you to make your dreams reality, because everything starts with a vision.

‘cause we love what we do!

Risks and challenges

Nothing will hold us back from producing the documentary about the incredible lifetime journey of sportsman Raymond Dombrovsky. Our final production, design & direction teams are already in place and ready to go; and producing this film will be our full-time job. We will proactively provide updates on production timelines and scheduling. You’ll know when to mark your calendars for the premiere!

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    THANK YOU ON A SPECIAL “A TO B ROLLERSKI” POSTCARD WITH AN EXCLUSIVE PICTURE FROM 1988 - an “A to B Rollerski” postcard signed by Raymond Dombrovsky, public thank you on FB + shoutout on the official “A to B Rollerski” website + your name in the end credits.

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ROLLBANDANA" - a multifunctional headwear (color of your choice), digital download of documentary "A to B Rollerski", public thank you on FB + shoutout on the official “A to B Rollerski” website + your name in the end credits.

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    "SKYPE MEETING WITH RAYMOND" - an opportunity to ask questions and discuss adventures and life experiences (15 min each). Digital download of documentary "A to B Rollerski", public thank you on FB + shoutout on the official “A to B Rollerski” website + your name in the end credits.

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    "JOIN RAYMOND AND THE FILM CREW ON THE WAY"** - an opportunity to “hop on” a part of the trip (dates and locations arranged with the director beforehand), possibility to be included in the movie “A to B Rollerski” + digital download of documentary "A to B Rollerski"+ public thank you on FB + shoutout on the official “A to B Rollerski” website + your name in the end credits + SURPRISE.
    **Check your Kickstarter messages from the filmmakers to learn more about joining Raimonds and being featured in the film.

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    INVITATION TO “A TO B ROLLERSKI” PREMIERE** - an invitation to the “A to B Rollerski” premiere, appearance on the red carpet + after party + public thank you on FB + shoutout on the official “A to B Rollerski” website + your name in the end credits + postcard signed by Raymond, DVD "A to B Rollerski," T-shirt, Rollbandana with the “A to B Rollerski” logo. **travel to Riga and accommodations not included.

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    "DINNER IN THE SKY"** - an exclusive "Dinner in the sky" with Raymond Dombrovsky and the film crew. After party in 5D Cinema "Look at Riga" with a virtual Riga tour + public thank you on FB + shoutout on the official “A to B Rollerski” website + your name in the end credits + postcard signed by Raymond, DVD "A to B Rollerski," T-shirt, Rollbandana with the “A to B Rollerski” logo.
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    SHARE YOUR STORIES AND START A NEW ONE AT THE SUMMER VACATION WITH RAYMOND DOMBROVSKY** - an unforgettable summer experience in Raymond's picturesque country house in Latvia (see video), public thank you on FB + shoutout on the official “A to B Rollerski” website + your name in end credits + postcard signed by Raymond, DVD "A to B Rollerski," T-shirt, Rollbandana with the “A to B Rollerski” logo.
    **Travel to Riga and feeding not included, but we can help find local grocery stores to your liking.

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    SHARE YOUR STORIES AND START A NEW ONE AT THE WINTER VACATION WITH RAYMOND DOMBROVSKY** - an unforgettable winter experience in Raymond's picturesque country house in Latvia (see video), public thank you on FB + shoutout on the official “A to B Rollerski” website + your name in the end credits + postcard signed by Raymond, DVD "A to B Rollerski," T-shirt, Rollbandana with the “A to B Rollerski” logo.
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    “EXECUTIVE PRODUCER” CREDIT OF THE DOCUMENTARY “A TO B ROLLERSKI”** -
    an invitation to the “A to B Rollerski” premiere (+1), appearance on the red carpet + after party.* Dinner in the sky, public thank you on FB + shoutout on the official “A to B Rollerski” website + your name in the start and end credits + postcard signed by Raymond, DVD "A to B Rollerski," T-shirt, Rollbandana and hoodie with the “A to B Rollerski” logo. **Travel to Riga and accommodations not included

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