Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Snowboarder Profile: Peter Line

More than ten years ago, when I made my first ever Website, it was designed to pay homage to Peter Line. At that time the Mack Dawg video Decade just got out. He was my second favorite snowboarder after Canadian sensation Kevin Young.

2012-13 New Releases: Hungry


Release Date: 2012/10/10

After ten years, Bro Fac is still working to find the best snowboarders and the best areas around the world. We have never seen such a hungry crew of young shredders.
Please welcome Jeremy Cloutier, Frank Bourgeois, Guillaume Marquis, Dillon Ojo, Lp Dorval, Alex Leblanc, Phil Jacques, Will Lavigne, LNP, Ben Bilocq, Frank April, Louif Paradis, Nic Brunette, Zach Aller, Nic Sauve, Anto Chamberland and Didier Godbout! Fimed by William Demers and Charles Demers. Edited by William Demers.

Monday, July 30, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Dinosaurs Will Die Team Movie

Dinosaurs Will Die Team Movie

Release Date: 2012/10/10

In association with Think Thank, Sean Genovese and Jeff Keenan bring you Dinos first ever team vid. Sure not to disapoint.
Rider List: Sean Genovese, Jeff Keenan, Ben Bogart, Brendon Hupp, and Chris Larson.

Friday, July 27, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Mind the Videoman

Mind the Videoman

Release Date: 2012/10/10

Mind The Video Man explores progressive freestyle snowboarding with those in the vanguard and those about to make their mark, while asking the question, Whats happening with the snowboard video, where is it going next and how will that impact our culture. Follow the video man and his crew as they push the limits of possibility and progression through creativity in an attempt to create something of meaning that will stand the new media onslaught and the test of time. Mind the video, man.
Rider List: Jesse Burtner, Scott Stevens, Ryan Paul, Ted Borland, Sean Black, Brandon Reis, Brandon Hammid, Nial Romanek, Chris Beresford, Sam Hulbert, Jaeger Bailey, Kyle Lopicollo, Curtis Woodman, and many more....

Thursday, July 26, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Heart Films 6

Heart Films 6

Release Date: 2012/10/10

Keiji Tajima brings you another chapter of powder filled backcountry snowboard and ski goodness with HEART Films vol. 6.
Starring Takafumi Konishi, Futa Adachi, Yuta Watanabe, Tomohide Inoue, Kazuumi Fujita, Yu Sasaki, Tetsu Kawaguchi, and more.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Holy Smokes

Holy Smokes

Release Date: 2012/10/10

The Keep The Change posse is partnering with VG this year to release one hell of an AM video. Holy Smokes is guaranteed to be FIRE.
 Featuring parts from: Blake Geis, Brandon Hobush, Derrek Lever, Dylan Dragotta, Ian Hart, Johnny Brad, Johnny O’Connor, Mark Wilson, Mike Ravelson, Parker Duke, Sam Taxwood, and Spencer Schubert.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Evolution of Soundtracks in Snowboard Movies

And then there was sound.
When you are watching a video part what’s sticking the most? The rider for sure! But what makes a good video part and what makes a great video part? First, you must have the right editor to mix and balance the amount of tricks and the different terrain. When this is done, even if it’s one of the most important jobs, the music must be choose. Sometimes, it’s the rider that ask for a particular song from an artist he/she likes or a genre he/she listens. Other times, the editor will suggest a kind of music that fits with the particular rider personality and/or style. However, I will always remember the part of Peter Line in The Resistance with the Ween song or JP Walker’s closing segment with the marvellous Redman/Method Man tune. Music is a big part of our lives and it is omnipresent in everything we do. Sometimes it defines who you are and your values or a particular time in your life.
The snowboard movie soundtracks have become almost as important as the soundtracks of the next Brad Pitt flick. Just look at the soundtrack of The Art of Flight: you can actually buy it on iTunes.
In the beginning, end of the 1980’s to the early 1990’s budgets were small and buying rights for music was costly. Anyway, the snowboard industry was pretty underground and even as skateboarding was some kind of counter culture. What I mean here is that it has this do it yourself attitude to it all and the fact that the guys who were snowboarding weren’t the kind of disco studs. They were into punk, metal, emo (old school emo à la Jets To Brazil or Archers of Loaf). So it was logical and convenient to use those songs to adjoining their video parts. If you look at an Old School movie like Child Games 1993 (a classic by the way) you had this kind of unity of second/third-wave of Punk Rock music. The music was very homogeneitic by today’s standards but pretty efficient and, of course, of its time. In this era, bands like NOFX, Penny Wise, Bad Religion, Lag Wagon, No Use For A Name just to name a few were very popular.

Late 1990’s early 2000’s, the Hip Hop industry was becoming popular and the Rap music of the 1980’s and early 1990’s was popularized with artists like Wu-Tang Clan. Snowboarding, to follow the flow included more artists like Canadian group Swollen Members, Hieroglyphics, Method Man, etc. It was the time where 50-50 music was placed in movies; 50% approx of punk-rock related artists and 50% approx of hip-hop related artists. Almost everybody was happy with the mix. Even if it was more underground artists the sound was efficient and appreciated. Listen to the soundtrack of Technical Difficulties for example.
Later during the 2000’s budgets of movies sponsored by majors became massive as opposed to what has been set before. The variety and quality of music has been decided choose with a wider audience and depending on the kind of movie and the kind of effect editors wanted.
It is now hard to dress a full portrait of the entire music of snowboard movie soundtracks. First, the variety and huge number of releases each year makes it hard to fully encompass the amount. The diversity of tastes of the riders and the fans is now even harder to satisfy. Sometimes a part will be better with electronic music while another part will be optimised by a reggae song! Next time you are watching a snowboard movie take more attention to its editing to note if the music fits well and if the entire movie has some kind of weft to it follows.

What is your favourite soundtrack and why? Please answer in the comments section!

Friday, July 20, 2012

What Will You be Riding This Winter?

Here's my setup for next year:

Burton Supermodel 159cm 2009
Burton Mission Large 2012
Stance: 21 inches
Front Angle: 24
Back Angle: 15

What will be yours? How much stance and angle do you set your bindings?
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