Saturday, December 1, 2012

Zany Jam

This was a few weeks ago, but me, Kyle, Trevor, and Keelan mobbed up to Wild Mtn. for the Zany Jam presented by Monster and Zion Snowboards. It was judged by Ryan Paul and Jake OE. That's what really wanted me to go out there.

As we pulled in to the lot, our eyes lit up: the course looked sick! And it was. The practice went off, but the actual contest went off even more. It became a battle on the three piece down flat down rail. It was kind of sketchy sliding the whole thing, but it was perfect to gap to.

My bindings broke half way through the jam and had to go see about getting a demo board to finish the contest. While the Burton guy set me up, Trevor was getting extremely close to a gap front three on the double down. I didn't think it was him at first, but got even more stoked as he got up to go to the rope for another try. I'm not sure who won, but the contest was really fun. And I heard that this contest is going to be put on a few more times this season.

In the recap vid, I got a few shot at 1:48:

Troll Late Night

The second Friday of Troll's late-night opening we actually got around to attend. I drove to Kyle's, then to Greg's, then to the hill. Once we got there, all of agreed on the ampness of the situation: It was hard to contain. Every facet of Minnesota culture seemed to be either drinking, snowboarding, or drinking AND snowboarding. The bar was bumping and the park was progressing.

 I liked the new set up the park crew created. Phase two of a new, prevalent stomping grounds for upper midwestern snowboarders. However, I had been thinking of all the tricks I wanted to land based on the old park, so I was a little off guard upon arrival and had to think of a new list of tricks to land.

The cruiser runs we took at the beginning and end of the late night session was supplemented by the fog. It enveloped the landscape, made the orange glow of the lights mystical, and overall thought about how classic the night was.

 I really enjoyed my time at Troll. Especially because we got some footage! Not only me and Greg (Kyle was filming), but Tony the assistant park manager, Conor Rose, and Kris Gesch showed up. With the additional crew, I was stoked out of my mind.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Afton Alps

Troll and Wild have been open for weeks. Our own local hill, Afton Alps, has reportedly started blowing snow themselves. I am very excited to attend the park crew meeting tomorrow. The news makes it so that we can talk about opening day park ideas. My current thought is that the double kink should be up.

Winter 2012.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The season has begun

Wild and Troll have opened, making them the first few ski areas in the entire country. I had to skip out the first few weekends due to a torn MCL, but I am more stoked than ever to shred. I just hope warming up doesn't take long, like it usually does for me. I want to jump right in because I have never been more mentally prepared to get better at snowboarding and film it.

Winter 2012.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Full Part: Will Lavigne

I don't know much about this guy besides that he is Canadian and filmed with VG this past season. I was surprised at myself not knowing about this. After watching it, I think he pulled it off. The tricks were solid the whole way through, with the beginning showing crisp trick selection and creativeness in the streets.

Through the middle, he launches some mediocre spins off of a plain looking booter. Those could have been taken out. Not to take anything away from him of course. As I said, he LAUNCHED the spins high.

At the end, more street bangers ensue, rattling off, one after another until the last two hammers. The last one especially isn't seen often, if at all (Unofficial NBD?)

I will definitely be looking forward to his shots (hopefully they aren't the same) in Enlighten, one of three movies Videograss is releasing this season.



 These dudes drop this amidst all of this other shred porn. I almost couldn't take it. Connor Brown's art direction worked well. The lifestyle shots tied in nicely and consistently. Most importantly, there were not clogging the actual snowboarding, which was raw as fuck. Every single rider in this is, simply put, RAW. A good peep all the way through. 4/5.

Bridger Bowl from Last Season!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Winter 2012

With me, Minty Shorn, going to Montana and back, time elapsed one year, I was left sitting at home in my parents basement the whole summer figuring out my plans for the upcoming season. Long story short, I decided not to go back to Montana for school. The small paradigm about Minnesota riders going out West and coming back to MN shortly thereafter is true. Add me to the list of Jake OE, Justin Fronius, and others that have expressed that notion. Even though it isn't a Hyland or a Troll, I'm getting amped to ride Afton. I hope to ride here during the week, and on the weekends take advantage of the streets of Minneapolis and make trips to the places where my friends ride now.

I still have many Afton locals to ride with.

I will talk about TT first: We met one night at Afton when me and J-another Coyote- were lapping the Meadows park with Ryan Paul and his posse. I rode the lift one of his friends (TT) once and we began to talk. Eventually, he said, "You two are pretty good."

I was sort of flattered at the statement, thinking that Ryan Pauls crew must be really, really good. Maybe as good as RP, who was an up and comer at the time. In other words, underground rippers at random resorts that nobody films so nobody knows about them. I thought Trevor was one of these, but it turns out RP slays way harder than all of us and we all filtered out being around the same skill level.

 TT had never seen TT before that night. After that, we started seeing and riding with him more and more and  finally figured out he was a local. Eventually, we became good friends. I remember a few certain nights in which we progressed quite a bit together. I missed that out in Montana, which is why all of us Midwest park rats end up coming back to town. I won't have to miss those progression nights again because this season I will physically BE there again, not just in my head like when sitting in my dorm in Montana.

TT is friends with another Afton local that I rode with once last winter over Christmas break. His name is C. He is better than all of us. I am excited to ride with him this winter. He will push me and TT to get better. He might not even say anything to us, but by just by riding with him will make us better.

Besides those two, the locals SP and CG will both be riding there again. SP is cool. He has always given me given me good compliments about my riding. I return the compliments, perhaps out of humbleness. He has a sponsor, which tells you he is decent, but he just started to clean up his style last season. I talked to him recently, saying that we should ride together this season. He was stoked as I am to start the season up.

CG is a character. I don't remember exactly when I met him, but he sends it. He is another one that makes me feel awkward with compliments. I talked to him as well about the season: He was ecstatic, and made me feel like he wanted to be my protegé or something. I don't even know about that, but whatever, I'm going to worry about my self progression first.

J went up to Duluth, joining my skier friend David Duea and that crowd. Since Duluth is a common trip from Minneapolis to shred, I of course want to make it up there this season. Maybe even a couple times. But only when Spirit gets good.

Mont du Lac is also nearby. Last season, this place put itself on the map. There were almost no Spirit edits. Instead most of them came out of Mon du Lac. To me, I would describe this place as a really spread out Hyland Hills with way less tranny. They tend to have small looking rails, but I have never been there. I will find out when we ride Spirit, spend the night, and do Mont du Lac the next day.

My friend G is posted up in River Falls these days. He is going to school and gets the $100 pass deal at Troll, which is the closest area to ride for him.

 I have never ridden Troll. Ever. It's sad. I don't know how. Visiting Hyland every year happens, but just never got around to Troll. This is going to change because G and I formulated this loose plan: K (I will talk about him later) , TT, and I will drive out Friday night and meet G to head out to Troll. We would do that $15 shred till 3am deal. After that session, we would go back to G's and crash. The next morning, we would head to Hyland Hills, shred until early afternoon, and then part ways. G would go see his girlfriend, who is a freshman at the U of M, and K, TT and I will try to go hit a few street spots. I hope to do this a few times.

Speaking of, one big trip I want to do is to Montana. Shred Bridger and Moonlight for a few days. And hopefully meet up with all of my friends that I know in Washington. They will plan on doing the trip the same days as I.

When Spring Break rolls around, we will hopefully extend the tradition of going to Blackjack resort in Michigan. This is another place I have not been to. However, the tradition stands because of all the other Coyotes get up there. I have pussied out for three seasons straight apparently.

Anyways, the park content up at Blackjack really improved last season. I'm excited to ride there. Also, the other Coyotes discovered a few street spots up there, so we would make time to hit those after warming up in the park.

The final trip we will be taking is a three week tour throughout the U.S. First, we would go through Bozeman, stay there for a night, then head to Washington to meet up with the boys. They talked up this beach in Oregon that we would travel to together. I'm not sure what to expect, but it will be awesome. Then from the beach, we will head to Mt. Hood to camp and shred for at least a few days. This trip has been a dream of mine for a very long time. It never seemed possible until I experienced the move to Montana and back. I realized trips like this are possible, all it takes is a little planning and a little courage. I won't ever regret blowing money on these trips. They will be all time.

Winter 2012.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A nice piece of snowboarding philosophy in the beginning. Trice and I think alike.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Scotty Wittlake in Happy Hour

I've been into expanding my knowledge of old snowboard videos lately. Pros were into some sketchy spots back in the day. Really gnarly. For an example, check out scotty at about 2:30

Chris Larson in Ransack Rebellion

I always forget about Chris Larson. One of my favorite shredders. This is actually the type of snowboarder I am striving to be.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

doc about the ostracization of skateboarders

It's some kid's NYU film project.

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Skate 3 Glitches; Funny

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Blackjack part 2

HCSC Hobush and Schubert full part

Both these guys kill it. Spencer Schubert is a beast and has unique style, keep an eye out for him because he's only in high school.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

32 Grenade Games

Hobush is just too smooth brah. He actually falls in this one, however.

Monday, March 26, 2012

PBRJ Re-hash edit by MB

While trying to look for non existent snowboaridng Chamberlin rail jam footage, I came across this rehash edit. I finally get some glory at 2:50. You'll have to sit through the pain of many shitty switch ups to get there.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Michigan Trip part ONE

Spring break in Michigan was a helluva time, and this is only part one. Stay tuned for more. Watch it in a higher quality, 360p makes the vid look bad.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Rail Gardens Slaughter Time

Shaw ChrisBrad actually gets a couple of smooth tricks outside the Bear Park, including a watchable tap.

Brandon Hobush nearly made SLC rain with hams from so many that he threw down. Just watch the annihilation.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mt. Baker Gap vid

Since there has been talk in my group about going to Mt. Baker over spring break, I think it's possible that we might think about hitting this. I've seen this gap in videos and it always looks insane. I'm sure it looks really big from the top, but with a little big mountain experience under my belt it doesn't look to huge anymore. If I get the I don't know if I could claim that I would hit it for sure. Looks fun and gnarly nevertheless.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

VG filmer Justin Meyer Interviewed

A lot of things that I cleared up months ago are kind of confirmed in one paragraph. Otherwise, he answers some other questions about Hyland, KTC, and the shitty weather. PEEP!

Conor Rose @Tahoe

Conor showed me this vid via facebook. Definitely looks like he's killing it out there! His footy comes in at around 4:30.

I'm not too hot on the crazy dubstep in the beginning or the cheesy subtitles, but otherwise all these kids are pretty good. Theres a really sick method pretty soon after the dubstep stops

Days Of Tahoe - Episode 1: Early Season Park Laps from Tahoe Snowboard Magazine on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chris Grenier in Oslo. I only posted this because of what he does at 1:35... If you have a sense of humor like me you'll think this is hilarious

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Last Weekend at Bridger Bowl

Bozeman finally got dumped on. This is my friend Aaron and his go pro camera.

At 1:02, really sick gap. Aaron scared me with that one, but the best feeling ever after you ride away (one of the few drops I've actually ridden away from, it's fucking hard to land in powder).

At 1:53, that was an untouched cliff that Aaron and I discovered. Fucking nuts. And after that cliff, we rode through the first real powder I've ever experienced. It was like floating on air (well, snow is mostly air, but suck it). My first couple turns through the snow in which I felt no hard surface below, my legs starting tingling from the feet up all the way through my thighs. After the day was done, I was ecstatic; the happiest I had ever been.

What they say about powder is for real. I couldn't describe how I felt, but Aaron summed it up by saying "You're high on life". It was absolutely true, I felt drunk, but I wasn't intoxicated. Maybe what I was feeling is what true happiness feels like. I kept thinking about how "the pursuit of happiness" is in the Declaration of Independence. Doubtlessly, the pursuit was fulfilled that day.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Crazy photography

Corduroy Lifestyles: Check them out

Give these guys a look, they're puttin out some awesome photos of MN riders including an interview with Danimals in their first edition. A lot of local stuff.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Josh showed me this at work today, still laughing 8 hours later

32 Italy/France

This place looks fun, and 32 absolutely destroyed it. It looks alot like Brighton...

Oh yeah, peep the last guy's board (Jack W)

Friday, February 17, 2012

the aft on edit from da boyz

MT vs. MN Essay

The Way We Ride

A personal non-fiction essay by Jack Haren

Whether it’s a chairlift or a towrope, I’m at the top of the hill in less than five minutes. This is how it’s always been. On the way up, we talk about each other’s past run, and speculate on why the rest of our crew is not here riding along side us.
Once at the top, clicking down my ratchets, my bindings tighten and I’m strapped in. It has become a monotonous task now that I’ve been doing the same thing for years. It beats being in shoes–every time. After I’m done, I wait for members of my party to strap in while I finish the conversations from the lift in my head.

My party finishes strapping in. Our run starts. It might last for less than a minute, but a lot can happen. We form a line and hit the first batch of rails. Then, we stop to hit the second batch of rails one by one. We watch each other land tricks, get excited, yell, and perhaps get silently jealous. People watching from the lift do the same thing. It’s a community here, and if you’re good, you get a response.

The run ends with you riding away with the best feeling in the world, or material to critique while on the chairlift. You wait for your group and start the process all over again. Minnesota: this is the way we ride.

Here in the Midwest, we are deprived of mountains most of the season. I hear many stories about annual travel to the mountainous states of the West; these trips are their way of getting a fix of long runs, deep powder, and steep terrain. They always come back. Perhaps it’s just because they call the Midwest home. But maybe they figured out that even though nothing compares to mountains, nothing compares to the Midwest either. I am figuring this out on my own now that I’m in Bozeman, but back when I had never been, I had deeper revelations to get out of the foothills and into the mountains. This is why I chose to go to school in Montana: to learn how to ride the mountains and explore the western point of view.

I worked two jobs, minimized spending, and had little fun all summer to compensate for the out of state tuition costs. The extra effort is how important experiencing mountains are to me. Mountains are what I have dreamt since my first run down my front yard hill. However, now that I have witnessed the Montana way, disappointment saturates me. It is much different than I had thought for all these years…

It started in early October. I’m strapped in again. The feeling is universal, but it is what is in front of me that is different: the terrain, the slope, the snowpack. The physical differences are there, but the mentality, the vibe; that is where the real difference lies.
My newly acquired friend David hatched a plan to go find snow. He had looked in depth at all the forecasts and concluded that there would be some powder at Sacojawea Peak. At the word powder, I was already suited up and went along. Ski areas in the Midwest open early as Halloween, so in Montana, early October snow didn’t surprise me.
It didn’t surprise anyone else either, and they decided not to care on top of that. I expected a full parking lot just like Minnesotans–often from far away–filled up the parking spaces on opening day. We drove and drove and all of a sudden we were slipping and sliding up the mountain in the midst of dumping snow. We saw no one else. The parking lot ended up being empty upon arrival, and empty upon departure.

After this adventure, the snow drought had begun, and it lasted weeks after Bridger Bowl’s opening. Either way, was going to opening day at Bridger Bowl. I had bought my pass months in advance like I had been doing for years. I wanted to go with my friend, and I heckled him to get his pass, but he wouldn’t. He claimed, “He didn’t need it yet”. The reason? Not enough snow.
Despite the 3rd worst winter conditions ever, there have been an epic pair of powder days. Even with the huge mountain around them, they still find it unsatisfying. I guess it just goes back to that they can’t understand how good they have it until they experience the worst: like Minnesota. The drought I talked about earlier applied to Minnesota as well. Back home, it’s usually dirt in pre-season, and ice the rest of the time. This season, they won’t even have ice–just grass–the entire season.

In Minnesota, we appreciate what we have and dream about the luxury of a huge mountain, but we still never think of how lucky WE are. This is what both have in common. Minnesotans and Montanans never think about how lucky they are compared to the rest of the world. Seven billion people now populate the planet, and less than 1 percent have the opportunity to partake in one of the greatest things in the world. And we, as snowboarders and skiers, are complaining even though we do something that 99% of the world can’t do.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Shaun White

Shaun White

My views of Shaun White have been changing recently. Here are some thoughts–although a little jumbled–on why that is.

On Shaun White
An Essay by Jack Haren

It’s easy to become a fan of Shaun White as because of how much attention he gets. The media, especially on the X-Games, make him out to be the only snowboarder alive; and sometimes, the best snowboarder that has ever lived. This is why all the haters hate: it simply isn’t true. There are many other facets of snowboarding that the mainstream audience doesn’t know about. Only the contest scene is really represented to the mainstream audience. In my mind, the filming aspect is just as big as the contest scene. The X-Games is moving toward representing that side by implementing the Real Snow Street and Real Snow Backcountry video contest, but it’s kind of hard for the mainstream audience to hear about it if it doesn’t get any broadcasting coverage. But, anyway, back to Shaun White:

Shaun White is definitely the best half pipe rider in the game; he has definitely proven that with his dominance on the contest circuit, not to mention a couple of Olympic gold medals. But that doesn’t make Shaun the best snowboarder alive. To be that guy, you’d have to be a more of a well-rounded snowboarder. To do that these days is becoming more and more difficult because every facet has progressed so much. You almost have to concentrate on one discipline to keep up. Shaun has shown that he has skills in slopestyle competition, and even some skills in the backcountry with the film First Decent, but the past few years have been exclusively pipe riding for him.

Hype and media coverage often make people jump to the conclusion that people with fame are full of themselves. For those of you who think that, think again, because I know two people that can vouch for him being a nice guy because they’ve met him multiple times in person. Even if that changes your mind on him being a dick, there’s still the “he doesn’t have passion for snowboarding anymore, he just does it for the money”. I think his last half pipe run puts that allegation to rest because he had the contest won, and he still put down arguably the best pipe run ever. You may say he was a dick for crushing the competition when he had it won, but I think he did it for the sport of half pipe snowboarding, to progress the level even more.

White compared to the rest of the field isn’t that much amazing trick wise. I mean someone has a switch double McTwist now, and multiple riders in the field can do many variations of the double cork. Shaun is usually one step ahead, however. This year, it was the regular double cork 1260. Nobody else can do that. What sets white apart is his ability to do the tricks higher than most, and also link them together with ease. Both of those things actually say a lot about his riding. His average height is usually five feet higher than everyone else, and nobody else can keep their speed and bearings when linking two, three, four–and in Shaun’s case– and entire run of heavy tricks. And by heavy, I mean HEAVY with all capitals.

Being arguably the best pipe run ever, I don’t think the X-Games judges were out of line when they gave a perfect score. By definition, nothing can be perfect, but after watching his run again, I think it was pretty close, at least for a snowboarding pipe run. The X-Games weren’t saying that is the best pipe run that can EVER be landed EVER. They were just saying that this run is the best that could be landed as of now. Next year, that run may not get a perfect score because the riding level will once again be raised.

My biggest problem with Shaun White is that he has this weird, robotic, contest like style. I think most contest kids get that way when they ride too much in front of judges. I was pleasantly surprised while watching the X-Games; he actually did a decent looking method!

He is a huge sellout. I don’t blame him for wanting to make some money, but he’s gone way too far with the crappy acting career and Stride gum commercials. But on the other hand, his popularity also has made the snowboarding much more popular and in turn one of the most highly anticipated events in the Olympics. I commend him for that. He’s spreading the word, the love, and the joy of something that most people can't even express how fun it is. The more people know about this fun activity, the better.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sorting out the VG mindfucks

Zac Marben filming for a new Volcom video

Jed Anderson and Justing Bennee filming for the Nike video

Ethan Deiss and Alex Andrews filming for the new Burton video idea what happened

Tuddenham probably got dropped even though he's super gnarly

Saturday, February 11, 2012

VG and KTC Early Teasers: aaaaaAAAAHHHHH!!!!

But I didn't see Jed Anderson in the opening credits? Did Joe Sexton replace him on the roster? Is VG doing this for hype? Is VG making a second film like last season? Dun. Dun. DUN...

The Darkside Early Teaser from VIDEOGRASS on Vimeo.

KTC: Holy Smokes Early Teaser from VIDEOGRASS on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

This Week at Backcountry Club

The backcountry club here at MSU-Bozeman screened the ski movie titled Attack of La Nina. I stuck around for this video because I want to expand my knowledge on skiing and make better, unbiased judgements on their sport. This video was really long and it was mostly backcountry big mountain skiing. I still stand by my opinion that most skiers don't have much style. Skiers just look sloppy in powder and when dropping cliffs, they roll down the windows every time. These skiers got gnarly in La Nina; they dropped numerous huge cliffs in this video compared to shred flicks. What I liked most about this ski video is that they showed more of the lifestyle aspect of skiing. They showed injuries and campsites on their trips, and that made the video really cool. But, they did go too far on this at times and conveyed the typical goofball, unprofessional skier mentality. They fell into the stereotype in other words. Anyway, I'm looking forward to next week's video. PUNCE.

2012 Moonlight Basin PBRJ

Colton, Shane, and Cullen placed in the open division, and Vanessa wrecked shop in the girls division, winning that easily. I also competed, but in the 16 and over class. Despite seemingly doing very well, I didn't place. Multiple people were surprised when hearing this and immediately said I got "robbed". Since Minnesota blood almost swept the open and won the girls division, I felt like I didn't do my part by placing in the 16 and over, stupid as that sounds. So at the end of the day, as much fun as it was, I was left feeling disappointed but optimistic. Now, it's pure disappointment as I didn't even make it into the edit. That would have made it all worth it. Whateve, I know it's my own fault. My contest strategies obviously don't work, and I simply need to get better at snowboarding. Feeling sorry for myself won't make the situation go away. I got to know all those riders and again, as stupid as it sounds, I think I gained myself a little respect at least. I will redeem myself at the Chamberlain rail jam either way; it's going to get FUCKED UP puncey. -Jack Haren

Custom Coyote Sticker

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Red Bull Stratos Project

Yet another Red Bull project that's insane. Seriously, how much money do they have to do this stuff?

Monday, February 6, 2012

feat. Nate Kranz, a skier homie.

Untitled from Chris Pearson on Vimeo.

Sin Eyewear model.

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Blackjack is Back

Logan recently re-discovered this hidden gem. coyotes killed it back in the day in their old park. They closed in 2008 due to lack of investors. Turns out they know what to invest money in, tow ropes and decent park features.

I Can't Believe it's Not Butter Box
The Death Kiss Super Kink and the Fire Flame Flatty
Bottom feature, steezy spot referred to as "Chateau Hammur-Bangur" by the locals.
Feature in the "Broad Axe Park" one of their three extensive terrain parks. Rail known as the DisASSter Blaster.


DWD Teaser

Not to be a hater, but the filming looked super shaky and sketch. But this video looks like it will be super super puncey either way.

Dinosaurs Will Die Team Video Teaser from Sean Genovese on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Current State: Snowboarding by David Benedek

Damn, I've been waiting for this book to come out for two years and now that it's finally out, it costs $150 with shipping. That's absurd. The book must have took a massive amount of work, and there is simply no other book like it and is a must have almost since the printing will only be limited quantities. It looks extremely well done, but still, give me a break David, 150 dollars?


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Mountain Dot Com

TSO Photography on Vimeo

I came across this while searching something else. TSO's other stuff is probably really cool too. I only watched the first half of this.

The Mountain from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

Throwback Thirstday: MDP's Follow Me Around

I just watched this for the first time in a longgg time and wow, what a classic. The soundtrack and the cinematography of Mack Dawg hasn't been matched since their departure from snowboarding films. One of my oldest snowboard videos and actually probably one of the best I own.

"We went down to Chile for some summer snowboarding in August. When we arrived in Valle Nevado, you couldn't even see across the street. The road from Santiago was shut down because of high abbey, so we were left all alone at the resort to do whatever we wanted. Four days later, nine feet of fresh, blue skies...trapped in Chile dude. All time."-Jeremy Jones, Follow Me Around

Shitty audio on this...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Review: Givin's One

B+ or 4/5 stars

The reason I gave this video four stars is because this production company is new and if I gave them five stars, there would be no incentive to go shoot a better video for next season! Joking aside, Givin is off to a very good start with their first effort, but there is always room for improvement. I am looking forward to next seasons offering because they will most definitely out do “One”, especially because they now know the ropes of being a legitimate film company.

I’ll be honest; the first time through I was disappointed. However, once I got my expectations out of the way and watched it a second time I loved the video. And I continue to love it every time I watch it.

The line up in this video consists of the more popular riders Forest Bailey, Keegan Valaika, Shayne Pospisil, and many other riders that I have never heard of. Don’t let this fool you; most of these riders may be little known but they are very good and will surely be on the come up in a season or two, namely Alex Stathis and Benny Urban. Mark my words.

Former Burton filmer Aaron Hooper did an excellent job with the cinematography in this video. The typical barrage of fish eye and wide shots were mixed up by a few telephoto shots in the backcountry. These shots were enticing and magnificent to watch. And, of course, like every video, there are shots taken from a helicopter. But, Givin does these shots differently. They use a lot of camera movement while following the rider. It adds much more to the video doing it this way. The heli shots are used sparingly, unlike the big budget film Art of Flight. Overall, the different types of shots used made for good clarity and the entire movie was shot very, very well.

The soundtrack and overall editing of the video is a little different than most production companies, and this is most likely why I didn’t like “One” the first time through. The music selection is, for the most part, soothing and chill type of music. It’s different, but it works very well with the editing choices. The editing I thought was great. They seem to have added in the warm up and throw away footage along with the bangers. Typically, video parts use only the bangers, but I personally loved that they put in everything because you get to see a longer video part. Ultimately, you get a better value out of it.

I would recommend getting the hard copy with the case over the iTunes edition because the cover art is just straight up sick. Just looking at it makes me want to go ride. This is why I brought the case 1000 miles to my college instead of just taking the disc. I really hope Givin keeps with the theme of the case for their upcoming videos.

To sum up, Givin’s “One” will be a great choice and a wonderful addition to your collection, especially if you like Videograss and Think Thank movies. Givin fits in nicely with these other companies and I think they all bring something different to the snowboarding film industry. Givin brings something a little unorthodox, but you will be stoked on it.

Look for this guy in the woods this season

Sunday, January 22, 2012


I didn't realize how sick of a rider Aaron Robinson really was until my friend Clayton said that A-rob was one of his favorite backcountry riders to watch. After watching this amazing movie, I fully understand what the snowboard community was talking about. Aaron was a great snowboarder, and it is a huge loss to have him gone. Rest in Peace.

They make it seem like they snowboard every single day. Makes me want to just drop out of school and just ride and go on adventures and spend all of my money because, quite frankly, I do not snowboard enough. I wish I was a person that could really make a decisions like that.

35:12 is fucking nuts.

Manifest from Sam Tuor on Vimeo.

2012/13 board graphics

The graphics from Academy and Mervin Mfg. are looking so sick for next year. Hopefully I'll have enough money to buy myself a new board or two...or three.

Academy Snowboards: 2012/13 Snowboard Preview | TransWorld Business

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Jed throwaway from a couple years ago

I came across this little video while searching for something else. I figured it'd be stuff I've seen already but a few clips in there I hadn't seen. Most of all, this video happens to feature a song by The Thermals, a band that one of my friends is trying to get me into.

Joe Sexton is now filming for VG

I glanced at the new "Greetings from Joe Sexton" but didn't think much of it. I figured it was just a random video that they filmed because he knows Riley and everything. When I actually watched the video just now, Joe makes it sound like he's filming a full VG part! There have surely been roster changes and Joe is most likely just filling in for someone that got dropped or isn't filming with VG anymore. For example, I talked to Alex Andrews and he said he's filming exclusively with Burton this season. Anyway, I'm super stoked about Sexton filming for VG. Next years VG video is going to be sick, despite there being little snow seemingly everywhere. The snow is starting to come around though like earlier this week 55 inches dropped in Jackson and about that much in most of the Pacific Northwest, and everywhere in Montana except Bozeman. It's crazy how none of it hits Bozeman...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

X Games Real Snow 2012


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Review: Defenders of Awesome

Grade: B

In the past couple seasons, Capita has garnered many good riders to ride their boards. Many more people are riding their boards, and they make them look so fun to ride. I think this is why Capita Super Corp decided to make a video; to solidify the hype surrounding them. Good decision on their part.

I like the theme of the video. It’s entertaining and original, but doesn’t take away from the actual riding. I think snowboard videos need more of this.

The music choice in this video was on point throughout the entire video, and depicted the riders styles at the same time. The track for Cocards part especially will have you thinking about the song and his part for many days.

I gave the video a B grade because the line up wasn’t as deep as other productions. The whole team is good, but the abundance of riders is lacking. It is definitely worth the download, but I would not recommend spending the money on a hard copy. I solely bought it to see video parts Scott Stevens and Mike Ravelson.

Scott Stevens:

Like I said, Scott Stevens was one of the big reasons why I bought the video. In his part, he once again breaks the ground in creative jibbing. He brings new one foot variations and improves himself on spots that he’s done in previous years. He also mixes in the typical stock shots and proves that he can do weird, technical tricks and also keep up with the regular progression of rail riding. His powder spins also look very good.

Dan Brisse:

Dan drops huge gaps and hits really long rails. He is obviously very good, but I personally don’t enjoy his style on rails at all. When he jumps, he’s alright, but he doesn’t have the rail style that Midwest riders are known for.

Jess Kimura:

She may be the first female rider that I’ve actually looked forward to seeing her video part. After seeing her video part in Think Thank’s Right Brain Left Brain, she made me a fan of her riding. But, lets get to the point, I was disappointed with her performance in Defenders of Awesome compared to Right Brain Left Brain. However, she still remains to be my favorite female rider. She has balls, good style, and her nickname has danger in it.

Cale Zima:

My favorite trick in his part was actually a fuck up that he landed. That being said, I haven’t understood why this guy is pro. He seems like a cool, funny guy, but his style doesn’t do it for me. He shows signs of potential, like that front board down that huge gray rail, and his ender, but he’s a bit too sketchy. I think if he tunes up his style and narrows his stance a little, I’d like him better. Until then, he should step aside and let one of the many ams take his spot on the pro roster.

Brandon Cocard:

I didn’t know he would have a full part in this video. This is by far my favorite part in the video. I think about it often, perhaps because the editing and the music is especially good in this segment. I like the way he front threes off the rail in his third shot. And, he has a really proper rodeo, his backside nose grab spins (reg and switch) are no joke, and, also, his ender may not look the best, but it’s gnarly. This seemingly soft spoken ripper has now grown to be one of my favorites. I hope to see more in the future.

Laura Hadar:

The intro of her part really gets on my nerves. Besides that…she sucks. Moving on.

T.J. Schneider:

Yeah, apparently this guy still snowboards. I remember him being one of the few pros that actually wore a helmet. His part was short, but I approve. Tj is back and his newly designed snowboard for the season is dope.

Andrew Burns:

I never really have heard of this guy. Anyway, I liked his part. He has good style on his spins. His couple rail shots would have been better if they didn’t put them in the video, pretty lacking.

Mike Ravelson:

Mike Rav went on a tear last season in the Loon and HCSC edits. He got the chance to film a part with Capita and took advantage of it. His segment is definitely one that I will skip ahead to now. He has good style, good tricks, and a little of the Stevens creativity. Looking forward to what he comes up with in the future.

Dustin Craven:

I have been a fan of Craven since I saw this picture of him tapping high on a lift pole. The picture is still on my door and I still can’t figure out what jump he popped from. Anyway, this dude rips the pow, and he’s underrated. Get at his part, it’s good.

Phil Jacques:

I forgot about this dude. I won’t forget about him anymore after watching his two-song ender. He rips the rails and sprinkles in a few powder spins. His wallie to boardslide on the red ledge and his backlip (best I have ever seen) were standouts in his first part.

The first trick of his second part bothered me. Three angles of his back one street gap were unnecessary.

The ender of his part was for sure gnarly, but I liked his first song ender much better. Hollaaa atchaaa boiiiii!