More likely than not, you've probably been watching snowboard videos that only showcase the benefits of being in the mountains (or streets). Endless pow will surely take the spotlight—and it should—but remember, there's an ebb to every flow. We're not too matter-of-fact over here, but that shouldn't go unnoticed, and in the case of Jake Blauvelt's 20+ year reign in the mountains, his body finally caught up to him.
The North Face dove deep into the Vermont native's life, reflecting on his early days in snowboarding to dissect how decades of slams, injuries, and sacrifices have contributed to where he is now: a new chapter in snowboarding. A lot to unpack on that one, but Mt. Baker clips with his nephew, Mason Lemery, and some time in the woods of Northern Vermont help us realize that it's during those transitionary periods where you learn the most.
Blauvelt said it best: You're constantly ebbing and flowing, learning, and transitioning, and its those places in-between where you learn the most.
A Film by: Liam Gallagher and Ian Post
Presented by: The North Face and Ride Snowboards