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It’s August, and while next winter is closer than ever Â it also means another boring Friday, filled with not snowboarding and staring at your computer. If you’re at work, fuck it, it’s Friday, blow off that excel document and enjoy the videos below. If you’re on vacation, then kickback, relax and stare inÂ amazementÂ as some of the all time greats put on a show.
In 2003 snowboards began the transformation from planks of plastic and wood to engineered snow-destroying tools. Robot Food (RIP, god bless their beautiful souls) also put out “LAME” and David Benedek took a shit on the entire industry. Older than some snowboarders, this part is still amazing today, but a decade ago, it was simply unreal.
Speaking of Robot Food, their first (2002) release was nothing short of amazing. Every rider was talented, but clearly bored of the status quo. In my opinion, this couldn’t have been any more true for Travis Parker, who through sheer talent and style filmed a timeless part filled with one-footers and all sorts of randomness.
The death of Kingpin Productions was either the saddest or best thing to ever happen to snowboarding. While that crew was awesome, and gave snowboarding an edge, I don’t think the explosion of new video styles and underdog companies would have sprung up in the mid 2000s without Kingpin dissolving. Anyway, if you don’t like Scotty Wittlake, his part from “Happy Hour” or you just can’t realize how fucking insane this shit was in 2002 (or now) then I kindly ask you to get the fuck off Yobeat.
“Happy Hour” was truly awesome. The two VHS set I owned was even better. And, MFM’s part could potentially give you a stroke. Why? Because the dude made straight airs cool. Not only cool, but terrifying. Also, come on, a fake rap video? All the motion graphics and bullshit 3D, 1080HD bullshit in the world can’t compete with that.
Kevin Jones. Do you know Kevin Jones? Do you know him as anything more than the sorta chunky old guy who is, “…making a comeback” and hucking backflips? You should, because once upon a time he was the golden god, the billion time over rider of the year and honestly, just way beyond his time. Check him out here in 2001’s “Stand and Deliver.” *Note: Notice how all these guys just gave way less fucks than riders these days?
Finally, we’ve got this little gem about Tarquin Robbins. The footage is from the ’90s and he’s practically riding a washing board, but his style and trick selection would make him a full blown star in today’s Big Bear scene. Admit it, it’s true. It must have be weird being that much better than everyone else.