Sunday, January 8, 2012

Video Review: Defenders of Awesome

Defenders of Awesome (Capita, 2011)

It's been four years since CAPITA released a team Video, Defenders of Awesome wants to be a progressive freestyle urban oriented vehicule to present its young but very talented team.

The approach of the feature is very "skateboard" oriented, many parts of the riders of the team with little and whimsical auto presentations, low budget, amateur editing, and only hand held cameras.

Of the many riders depicted in DoA, there is few variety in the substance: lots and lots of rails, urban features and very few big mountain riding. I might sound a little bit old when I write that but freestyle snowboarding doesn't only consist of rails and urban riding. How many customers actually take their boards downtown and hit a rail? The presence of it is essential, especially with the team assembled by Capita. However, I think that it doesn't reflect the interest of most of the customer/public. A better balance of the parts and a greater variety of terrains and locations wouldn't have hurt. It kind of gets old when the same spot is ridden by four riders of the same video.

Personally, I wouldn't recommand to buy this video for your collection other than if you are a diehard fan of urban shredding. In other cases, just rent the thing on iTunes with friends because I don't think this is the kind of movie I'll be watching over and over. A nice effort with a small budget but not a great one either.

Running Time: Approx. 30 mins.
Riders: Jess Kimura, Dan Brisse, Phil Jacques, Dustin Craven, Laura Hadar, Cale Zima, Brandon Cocard, TJ Schneider, Andrew Burns, Mike Ravelson, and Scott Stevens.

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