Toilet Paper and Vodka: “Good Sport” in Russia During the Pandemic
May 17, 2021
May 18th, 2021
Photos by Marc O’Malley
Words by Spencer Schubert
Before our flight to Russia, the world was a different place than it is as I write this. Covid had begun to enter conversation, but I didn’t want to hear it. The world was only beginning to realize the scale of an incoming pandemic, but Derrek’s mom is a nurse and warned him of an inevitable lockdown. The day before the flight, he tried to explain the severity of getting stuck abroad, while I tried to convince the crew otherwise via group text. We’d had a slow start to the winter. It seemed this trip, a month in Murmansk, was going to be our saving grace, and I wasn’t going to let anything else hinder our project. I was willing to justify just about anything to get to Russia. It’s an intimidating place, but I never thought a virus would become our biggest fear.
The wild times started before we even left. Marc missed his flight because his Visa didn’t arrive in time, Derrek went to the hospital the morning we were supposed to fly out because he was feeling sick—the doctor said it was just stress. Upon landing in Murmansk, Tommy, Colton, and myself were certainly feeling the stress as well, as doubt grew that the car we rented would ever show up. But we made it to our hotel, and Artem arrived later that night. The other boys were only a day behind. Once everyone was there and got a few clips, it seemed as though it was all falling into place.
We were only a few days in when the boys woke me up in the middle of the night. News broke that Europe had issued a travel ban to the US. We piled into one hotel room, sitting on hold, the echo of awful elevator music resounding on repeat as we tried desperately to talk to anyone at the airlines. After an hour of panic we realized we weren’t in Europe. We were in Russia! The ban didn’t apply to us. So like any smart people in the middle of a global shutdown, we went back to bed to deal with it later. This set the tone for the trip.
Day by day, we spent breakfast arguing if that was going to be the last day we filmed in Russia. I called Chris Grenier, who had rushed home from Finland. He said it was a shitshow at customs and that we should fly back immediately. I withheld that information from the crew. Derrek was reasonably explaining that we should probably not get stuck in Murmansk, while I continued to make empty claims that the virus wasn’t anything to fret. We rationalized this by telling ourselves that customs back in the US would be packed, and we might as well wait that out.
Tommy became an Instagram god when we threw that Wolf of Wall Street scene on his story, as people across the globe panicked to get home. While the world settled into quarantine, we were running through flocks of pigeons and feeding wild dogs. I remember concerned texts from friends asking why we were still snowboarding, to which we would respond, “Yeah, Russia is loose. Fuck it.”
Checking the news on your phone from a Russian hotel room in the midst of a burgeoning pandemic. Russia was only reporting a few Covid cases, maybe eight in total or something. That was somewhat comforting, but Russia isn’t the most historically honest country either. Perhaps you remember Chernobyl? Russian borders were closed to most of Asia but still open to The States. Europe gave a few days’ warning before they closed the borders, so based on that we figured we were fine for the moment.
Not knowing how long we had, my priority was the blue rail next to the one Dillon Ojo famously hit. We went there with the intention to drink a Corona in his honor, and to our surprise, there was a rail just like his but with an extra kink. I had brought my Ojo pin and shirt, so I wanted to get a clip as a tribute.
I think we made it a week before it became clear that we needed to go home. People were already in full lockdown mode, and as much as I was relieved to leave, I was nervous about what we would return to. Quarantine memes were the main source of info I had as to what life looked like outside of Russia. Joking, I texted my roommate to ask if we needed toilet paper. Turns out we did. He said the liquor store was a madhouse too. So I left behind a beat-up board and my old boots to make room for what I would need for my journey home, toilet paper and vodka.
St. Johns’ Battle Royale: Who Will be Crowned Newfoundland’s Top Dog
Apr 26, 2021
April 26th, 2021
Times got tough as spots were checked off left and right, but the situation quickly escalated when the weather turned for the worse. Then the unthinkable happened. Mother Nature flashed her cold grin, bringing a once-in-a-lifetime storm to town that swirled like a mixed cocktail in an icy shaker. With airports shut down and food becoming scarce, crews were yet unaware that the only way off the island was to prove worthiness to the snowboard gods through a series of tests in strength, patience, mental function, and pain tolerance. The one to best adapt to this strenuous situation would be crowned Newfoundland’s Top Dog. The thing about this game of Survivor was that no one knew they were playing. Like Jim Carrey in The Truman Show, contestants would be guided only by their own inclination to either make the best of the situation, or complain while counting the seconds. When the snowflakes of the bomb cyclone settled and the wind screeched to a soft tickle, a proclamation of state of emergency was broadcast by the prime minister. Chaos ensued in the streets as everyone was left to fend for themselves, trying desperately to get clips for their video parts. The game had begun.
Nick kept quiet, attacking when the rest of the crew let their guard down. He allowed his actions to speak for him. Things were looking up for the young kid. His Google Earth skills secured him a good position, and the residual benefits were enjoyed by Parker and Mark. Camaraderie was high indeed, but something had to give. Word on the street was that Nick was sharing information with rival crews. How he kept this a secret and avoided mutiny might go back to unbelievable slyness. The silent killer struck again, but was it enough?
Mark was actually the reason the K2 crew came to this dreaded island, fueled by a ticking clock otherwise known as a Real Snow deadline. Upon arrival, he ran into problems, and city workers seemed militant in stopping him. Displaying incredible talent, they ultimately marveled at the beauty of his board control and let him slide. Mark’s drink of choice was wine, believing antioxidants would harden his immune system. This proved a wise strategy, as sickness was defeated and alcohol numbed the pain of each extra day on the island. Before long, other crews turned to this technique, and it seemed everyone was stocking up on bottles of cheap Cab and ordering glasses of mediocre Merlot from the hotel bar at any hour.
Sometimes a gargantuan smile isn’t enough to fool the other contenders. Reid’s moderate piano skills played well for him but weren’t enough. While Reid’s time in Newfoundland no doubt hardened the boy, ultimately, he didn’t make it. Rumors began to circulate quickly. Some believe a benign tip-off from Dustbox members got him out unscathed, while others made claims that T. Bird traded him into the black market in order to leave. While early reports had Joe Sexton, a veteran of the game, praising Reid for his battle on the gap-to-flat, some say he was the one who put in a call to sabotage the boy for not going through the kink.
Official reports of Jed’s whereabouts were inconclusive and misaligned. One claimed he flagged down an old whaling captain headed north while spot-searching the marina. Another posited that he was seen hanging off the back of a Sobeys grocery truck headed west. Whether intel was correct is beside the point. Jed knew something was up. Maybe he was the only one to see outside this sick joke. He knew he wouldn’t win, but he was going to make it out alive. My guess is that much like those whalers, he got his quota and being stuck on an island with four dudes in an apocalyptic snowstorm didn’t sound appealing. Perhaps it was a smart move; it was certainly the safe one. When the storm rolled in the next morning, Jed had vanished into the thick marine layer that surrounded The Rock.
Parker, a unique human being who seemed completely unfazed at the proposition of staying for 17 weeks, not only outlasted the others, but is apparently still on the island, scoping spots for the approaching winter. Parker, Parker, Parker, how did you do it? Outlasting the others without losing your mind. Oh right, you love to snowboard, you like drinking, and you like cooking—all readily available for your state of emergency stay–and then some. We have a winnnnner.
An analysis of Parker’s tactics:
His time in the Lot Brigade provided Parker with the tools needed to withstand days on end of cold weather, heavy drinking, and hard living. It is these days in Alaska that honed his ability to outlast others. In fact, the times when Parker appeared to lose his mind may have been an act to push others to lower their guard. Excessive drinking and a high tolerance, an ability to procure and provide rations for the crew each night, and a deep-seeded desire to ride his snowboard allowed Parker to not only function but thrive. Is it me, or this ramen delicious?
WOP presents “Hiace”
Apr 25, 2021
WOP presents “HIACE”
April 25th, 2021
In this age of endless digital information, those once mysterious figures seem rare as we now know so much about the specificities of peoples’ lives. Well, the story ain’t the same for WOP. We can’t help but be curious about these individuals, especially their newest addition to the crew, in this ongoing video series providing an intimate view into their peculiar Finnish snowboard scene. Their films have notoriously created a racket among the room whenever you throw them on due mostly to Dr. Luti’s absolutely insane spot selection. Now throw in Niels Schack, Venla Mustonen, Sparrow Know and of course Sami Luhtanen himself, this video comes at you when you least expect it, right when the northern hemisphere is heating up for summer.
Sami Luhtanen (Dr. Luti) on Life and Snowboarding
Interview by Niels Schack
For the people that don’t know, where are you from and how old are you?
I’m from Finland and I’m 27 years old.
How long have you been filming with Tobbe?
I started filming with Tobbe in like 2012/2013 and at that time we were filming for the KBR crew. I only filmed for a couple of weeks with Tobbe that year because I was also filming with the Pirates guys. After two years of filming with Pirates I decided to move on and start filming with Tobbe full time. Now we’ve been filming more or less since we made our first movie in 2014/2015.
A few years ago you seemed to have disappeared off the radar of snowboarding, where were you?
Yeh, sometimes there comes a time when you don’t have another choice but to work on making your life better. It was a big step for me–I was trying to buy my brother’s house that he was in the process of building. In the end everything went smoothly and the house is nearly finished. A decent home for my family and a good place to spend time. I never had the feeling I had a home before. It’s cool that I am able to put energy into creating and I can work with my hands. Still have almost all my fingers left. Last, summer I only lost the end of my ring finger when I was fixing my Harley Davidson. All good.
What makes you most happy?
Snowboarding and skateboarding mostly. But also the smaller things make me really happy these days. Happy to go drink coffee and see my grandmother tomorrow!
What’s your approach when it comes to picking spots to snowboard on?
Spots pick us most of the time. If you have that feeling, you ride and try and have some fun. And if I have a feeling that it’s not right then we move on to somewhere else.
Are you currently on Capita?
It’s cool that they send me boards to film on. I am really grateful for all the help. I would like to snowboard more going into the future.
How did Niels get hurt this year, can you run us through the situation?
Destiny, he was trying to achieve his dreams!
How was filming this year, what was Covid like in Finland?
It was slow and took a long time to wake up the body. But I really can’t remember any bad days in the end. Covid really wasn’t much of an issue here. But nice to be out with good people.
Take us back to the Water Slide shot from 2015, what went down to make that happen?
“Tiger”—oh he is my old friend, thank god NEVER again. Long story short, the waterslide found me a long time ago. It’s right next to our local hill, I used to snowboard there a lot. For many years I knew the time was coming when I would have to ride the Tiger. We were filming a street part with Tobbe and we needed this spot. All I knew is that I was riding for Ride snowboards for 10 years and they found me right next to this slide when I was 11. Thought it would be a good way to make it legit.
The first day I was trying it, everything was ready, but then people who worked there didn’t let us try it. I told them I need the Tiger or I couldn’t put the part out. But they didn’t understand. They didn’t understand why I would wanna do it in the first place. So I had to snake it when the resort was closed. I was at home for about two weeks just trying to make this happen. Sometimes busted and then the snow started melting really fast. So there was no snow left to make the landing or the in run really. Just this little pile in the parking, and we built it with two trash cans to move snow around. The same guy who kicked me out comes back, but this time I told him I was doing this grass gap and he was cool about it. He left just saying from his window, “Remember don’t touch that waterslide” haha. I was still smiling when I put the snow at the top of the Tiger. Went there 6 times to 6 tries that one evening.
What’s next for you and WOP?
Pretty much trying to feed my soul with woodworking and skateboarding. Last few weeks I’ve been cleaning my yard, cutting apple trees, and starting to build a terrace next to the ramp. Now the weather is getting a bit colder again so I have to wait until the sun comes out to paint my house one more time. Also I’m going to therapy for a bit. When I’m not able to snowboard things can be hard at times. My head is sometimes too much and it’s really hard to focus on anything. But I have many projects going on now and I’m really trying to find all the energy from the present time. I’m making new coping for my ramp and tomorrow and I’ll turn on my wood cutter to make a decent deck for one table. And when the summer is over and winter is coming we hope for the best. Bring the family back together and see what happens.
CORE Snowboarding and the Future of Inclusivity
Apr 19, 2021
CORE Snowboarding and The Future of Inclusivity
April 19th, 2021
Erik Leon has been in snowboarding’s public eye since Bear Mountain’s first-gen installment of Sunday in the Parks in the late 2000’s. What very few know though is that Erik had a tough childhood growing up in Riverside, CA, where his family worked to make ends meet. Today, Erik is a world renowned snowboarder who has traveled the earth filming video parts for the better part of the last decade. It was through these years that Erik started thinking of a strategy to break down the barrier of entry to snowboarding in regards to both products and events. Erik developed his CORE program as a way to help younger, underprivileged kids gain access to quality gear, allowing them to get out on the hill and do what we love most: snowboard.
Recently, Erik and the CORE Program partnered with Trollhuagen to put on “Core Meets Cause,” an event that helped raise money for the Cool Meets Cause Foundation. This is a Minneapolis based outreach program that focuses on making snowboarding accessible to underrepresented youth by breaking the barrier of cost.
Going forward, the CORE program sees similar opportunities to shine light and lend a helping hand to local charities around the United States, as well as work with Erik’s sponsors to create price point products designed to make purchasing new equipment a little more affordable.
CORE stands for Community Outreach Riding Equipment and the initiative has three pillars:
1. When making CORE products, sponsors should take steps toward producing them sustainably.
2. CORE products should be as affordable as possible.
3. CORE products should be connected to community outreach efforts.
The Roxy MAKE WAVES. MOVE MOUNTAINS. Snow Contest
Jan 19, 2021
Welcome to the Roxy MAKE WAVES. MOVE MOUNTAINS. Snow Contest, searching for the next up-and-coming female talent. Below you’ll find the updates on the contest, rules to follow, and the terms & conditions for participation.
The rules are as follows:
Create a 60-second or less edit of your best footage in any locale (park, street or mountain, etc.) Upload your video to your Instagram with no music tagging @roxy and @torment_mag using the hashtag #MakeWavesMoveMoutainsContest
Must be 13 years or older by the start date of January 19th, 2021.
Refer to the terms and conditions for eligibility.
Only current 20/21 winter season footage will be accepted.
All entires must be submitted no later than February 28th, 2021.
This is a snowboard only contest.
Finalists and the eventual winner will be selected in a conjoined effort by staff members of Roxy Snow, Torment staff and the current Roxy snowboard team by March 5th, 2021. And the winner will be announced March 8th, 2021.
The winning video will be chosen on the attributes of style, tricks, trick selection and overall impression.
The winner will be given ‘Am product for a year’ of equivalent of $3,000 of Roxy snow product.
As submissions are made, stayed tuned to tormentmag.com to follow the competition.
Terms & Conditions for the Roxy Make Waves Move Mountains Contest:
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE ODDS OF WINNING. THIS IS A SKILL CONTEST. CHANCE WILL NOT DETERMINE ANY WINNER(S).
Contest Timing: The Roxy Make Waves Move Mountains Contest (“Contest”) begins at 6:00 A.M. Pacific Standard Time (“PST”) on January 18, 2021 and ends at 12:00 A.M. PST on February 28, 2021 (the “Contest Period”). The time shall be determined by Sponsor’s timekeeping systems, and Sponsor may also rely on the time processing functions of third parties. Sponsor shall have the sole discretion in determining the timeliness of any action or inaction related to this Contest. This is a contest where winner(s) will be determined on the basis of skill, not chance.
How to Enter/Entry Requirements: Individuals who are eligible to participate in the Contest in accordance with these Official Rules may enter the Contest as follows:
If you are an individual eligible to participate in the Contest in accordance with these Official Rules but do not have an account with Instagram, go to Instagram and create one for free. Use of Instagram is subject to your compliance with all applicable terms and conditions of Instagram. Any inaccurate or incomplete entry cannot be taken into account and such participation shall be deemed null and void. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected entries or entries not received regardless of cause.
Do not participate in the Contest and/or consult a doctor before participating in the Contest if: (1) you are not in good health; (2) you have any physical or mental problems which would hinder you from safely participating in the Contest; or (3) you are not sufficiently trained and experienced enough to understand the risks involved in the Contest.
Your entry must meet all of the Required Representations and Warranties set forth below to the fullest extent applicable for that entry. Failure to complete any step outlined in, or to follow any of, the Official Rules may result in your disqualification.
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Your Entry must be your own original work or you must have all the rights necessary to post or re-post the content. Any person who helped produce the Video must grant ownership rights to you by a signed/dated written statement acknowledging the transfer of any ownership rights they may have in the Video to you. Each Entry must not contain any material that would violate or infringe upon the rights of any person or entity, including without limitation copyrights, trademarks or rights of privacy or publicity, or that is defamatory, threatening, indecent, obscene or offensive, or that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to any applicable laws or regulations, or which requires a license from any third party.
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Judging: Following the Contest Period, Videos that qualify for entry into the Contest will be judged by one or more judges selected by Sponsor that are experienced in snowboarding (“Judging Panel”). Sponsor may remove, replace or add additional judges to the Judging Panel in its sole discretion at any time. The Videos will be judged based on creativity, technical aspects of the entrant’s performance, and flow (e.g., movement from one turn to the next) (the “Criteria”). The Judging Panel will also select one (1) entrant as the potential winner.
Winner Notification: The potential winner of the Grand Prize will be notified by email, phone or Instagram direct message from Sponsor on or about March 8, 2021. The potential winner must respond to Sponsor’s notification and provide all requested information within forty-eight (48) hours of the first contact or attempted contact from Sponsor or the potential prize may be forfeited. To claim any prize, Sponsor may require winner and such winner’s parent/guardian to complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release/Publicity Release forms and other applicable documents, which may require a social security number and/or other personally identifiable information, and may need to be notarized (collectively, the “Documentation”), before claiming any prize. All required documents must be completed and returned to Sponsor by the date and time communicated by Sponsor. At Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, winner may be required to produce a picture or some other form of proper identification to claim any prize. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize with a prize of equal or greater value. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to timely claim the prize, is disqualified, fails to timely execute and return any required forms or other documents, or if the prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Sponsor may select an alternate winner from among the remaining eligible entries based on the Criteria or such alternate method as solely determined by Sponsor. Under no circumstances will more than the advertised number of prizes be awarded.
Prize(s) and Approximate Retail Values (“ARVs”):
Grand Prize: One (1) winner will receive the Grand Prize, which consists of product from the Roxy Snow collection chosen by the winner with a retail price of up to US$3,000 (in the form of actual product or a gift card).
The total ARV of all prizes awarded under the Contest is US$3,000. All prizes are awarded “AS IS” without any warranty of any kind, express or implied. No substitution, exchange or transfer of prizes will be made or is permitted except in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.
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Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest and to disqualify any entrant for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion, including (but not limited to) if, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest. If such cancelation occurs, Sponsor reserves the right to select the winners from among all eligible entries. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.
Releases: Entrant acknowledges that entrant may be participating in dangerous activities in connection with the Contest, including the inherently dangerous snowboarding activities contemplated by the Contest. Entrant understands that the risk of injury from the activities involved in the Contest is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular equipment and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist. Entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor and the other Contest Entities are not advocating or suggesting the performance of dangerous tricks, tricks above entrant’s skill level or tricks that should only be performed by a professional. Entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor and the other Contest Entities have no responsibility whatsoever for injuries, losses, or damages of any kind that result from entrance into the Contest or receipt, acceptance, possession, or use of any prize. By entering the Contest, entrant agrees to indemnify, release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, each Contest Entity, and Instagram, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and assigns (the “Released Parties”) from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of, or relating to, entrant’s participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activities (including, without limitation, events, travel, etc.) and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder (including, without limitation, any non-compliance by entrant with these Official Rules; acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize; any malfunction, error or other problem arising in connection with the collection, processing, or retention of entry information; or any typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of any winner). The foregoing includes, without limitation, any claim for personal injury, property loss or damage, or death arising in any way in connection with the Contest.
Disputes: Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of California. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor or other Contest Entities in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than State of California.
Winner List: To obtain the winner’s name, visit https://tormentmag.com/roxy-contest/ or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Roxy Make Waves Move Mountains Contest c/o Boardriders, Inc. 5600 Argosy Circle, # 100, Huntington Beach, California 92649, U.S.A., with a written request by October 1, 2021.
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The snowboard community needs to take a page out of Jess Kimura’s story when it comes to how she’s constructed a space for woman to progress in snowboarding with the Uninvited film series. Undoubtedly, the lesson learned here is that if you give an opportunity to someone who’s ready to take on the challenge, they will not only take that challenge, but make it their own. These girls fucking rip.
Featuring: Ylfa Runarsdottir, Miyon Yamaguchi, Savannah Shinske, Naima Antolin, Taylor Elliott, Maggie Leon, Darrah Reid, Elena Graglia, Corrine Pasela, Kaleah Opal and many more…
Top 5 with Jared Elston
Nov 13, 2020
Top 5 Most Influential Parts of All-Time With…Jared Elston
November 16th, 2020
I’ll preface this by saying that I was born in 1999 and lived in Montana for the first 13 years of my life, in a small town with little to no snowboard culture. Because of this I didn’t know a lot of snowboard videos that many consider to be the most iconic videos of all time (I hadn’t even heard of Robot Food until I was probably 15). The videos I am going to mention here are not the cult classics that you maybe expect. These are not necessarily the most groundbreaking video parts ever, or even what I consider to be the best. These were the videos I’d watch growing up and these 5 parts had the biggest impact on me as a snowboarder. – Jared
Kazu Kokubo – The Storming (2010)
I believe this was the first video part of Kazu’s that I had ever seen. Kind of a random one but it was amazing to me. My parents had a DVD player in the back of the truck and I would watch this whole video on the way to the mountain on the weekends. The front 10 at the end had me fucked up for a long time. It was also filmed during an Olympic year for Kazu, specifically the one where he was being criticized by the Japanese media for sagging his pants.
Jake Blauvelt – Naturally (2012)
The approach that Jake takes to this part is game changing for me. No massive cheese wedges, no clapped out features. He spends more time strapped into his snowboard than most backcountry riders. He isn’t spending his days looking for the most picturesque jump spot he can find, and he sure as shit ain’t spending them building wedges. His approach is pure and (for me at least) much more impressive than the biggest trick on the biggest jump. I wish could see what Jake sees.
Keegan Valaika – Eversince (2015)
My favorite example of a well-rounded video part. Normally, with a part that has it all, there is a sacrifice in the riding somewhere, but not with Keegan. Street footage was progressive, backcountry footage was timeless, and the kits were on point. This part made me want to go snowboard.
Gigi Ruf – 9191 (2010)
I had a hardcopy of this video when I was younger, I watched it several times, but really overlooked it until I was probably 16 or so. Then it really hit me. Not only is the riding unbelievable, but the volume of it as well. A true classic in my eyes, this video gives you that feeling that I think everyone wants their video to have.
Travis Rice – Thats It Thats All (2008)
Maybe I’ll catch flack for this one but I don’t give a damn. I was 9 years old when it came out and I’ve had to have watched it over 100 times since. Travis’ footage in it is pretty much untouchable to this day. I’m convinced that no one has worked harder on a project than him. This movie honestly changed everything for me, and after watching it is when I decided I wanted to be a pro snowboarder. Thanks Travis.
This was at a time when I wasn’t that into street snowboarding, but I was really into skateboarding. His spot and trick selection was reminiscent of the skating I was into in the best possible way. The song too, it was perfect, really fired my ass up.