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Efforts: A Love Story – The Final Flanel Lifestyles FULL MOVIE

Battling the extreme Michigan lake effect winters is no simple feat. Battling the even more so extreme Michigan droughts is in a league of its own. Years of young college kids showcasing their passion and pride, their drive and skills that are uncharacteristic for the state, their undying love and desire for throwing themselves off of buildings and onto concrete and steel. The fifth and final Flanel Lifestyles full movie is here. Pour out a little Cristal and enjoy. – Joey Leppien

Featuring Tye Kowalski, Dusty Miller, Tyler May, Adam Rottschafer, Jack Harris, Adam Homi, Jackie Lammert, Lucas Patrick, Evan Erickson, Avery Erickson, Matt Miller, Trevor Newman, Sam Kelty, Jack Tobin, Bret Guild, Jake Devries, Brett Kulas, Sam Schowalter, Matt Ruhle, Aaron Senchuck, Ryan Piscotta, Brandon Vandyke, Brad Miller and Cody Hyman
Screenshot: Steven Sprague and Simon Berghoef

Baby

Filmed over the 2014-2016 seasons. Street outta Michigan. Adam Rottschafer, Addison Beeker, Brett Kulas,  Dominic Palarchio, Jack Harris, Joey Niepokoj, Trevor Newman and many more in this full length.

Brett Guild Part from He Gon Do One

Brett’s full section from the 1-800 Movie “He Gon Do One” out of Michigan. Also, you can check out the full movie here if you haven’t seen it yet.

Hype Era Internet Premiere

Hype Era is a Michigan snowboarding movie 6 months in the making. David Zemens of Agnarchy caught up with Mike Harrington of Flanel, a/k/a Fukboi Mike, and a few of the riders to get the inside story about the movie, Tinder, drunkeness, and other stories from the road that will hopefully inspire you to press play.

When did you guys decide to go for broke on this with the full-length feature?

Mike: It started off this summer when I just started hitting everybody up that’s on Flanel if they wanted to make a full street video. I knew a bunch of the group could film parts because they had filmed some last year. So it was basically like fuck it, let’s try it out. Then more guys wanted to join up and we just pretty much filmed nonstop. A bunch of other guys contributed footage and it came together. In the beginning I just wanted to see if I could actually do it and then I got really into it. Now all I’m thinking about is making the next one.

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Adam Rottscafer, Front lip. Photo: Dominic Palarchio

And why — what are you hoping to accomplish with Hype Era? What does this mean for the local scene in Michigan and the riders growing up right here, right now?

Mike: I just wanted to make a video with all of my friends and we made it happen. It’s like what Jack [Harris] has said to me a couple times, just making a video so when we get old we can look back at it and say we did it. I don’t know what it means for Michigan snowboarding because I never really think about it that way. I hope we effect it in a positive way, but I just would rather have someone from a different state say that’s a tight video, not just that’s a tight Michigan edit. For Michigan snowboard kids, just mute Al Pal’s section if you watch it around your parents.

Mac: I’m just really excited that people get to see what we’ve worked on. And even more than that, I’m excited at the overwhelming amount of support we’ve received from people in all facets of Michigan snowboarding. I’d like to use this short bit of text I have to thank some people who really deserve it. Ben Clarke at People Skate and Snow and especially Rich Whinnie at Rome have helped me alot over the past few years to pursue this passion I have and for that I am incredibly grateful. Mike put a hell of alot of work into every aspect of creating it. There have been a lot of talented riders grow up in Michigan and move out west to pursue their snowboarding dreams, which is a smart decision. I’m not trying to pass judgement on where the best place to live is, but maybe what we’ve contributed to the scene and to kids growing up here is the idea that there are like-minded individuals in Michigan who want to adventure and film snowboarding! Life is about giving a lot more than taking. Snowboarding is about giving a lot more than taking, and giving our collective effort to produce this movie for people to watch feels really good.

Matt: I hope the movie will show how much talent we have here in Michigan and also show how much fun we have riding our snowboards with our friends. One thing I’ve noticed after spending some time riding in different places is that kids from Michigan are just so fuckin down to earth and stoked to be on their board. We don’t have crazy parks and we don’t exactly have mountains either, hell we’re lucky to get enough snow to go out and film some years (not the case this year!) but damn do we have a good time. I’ve come to learn it’s not where you ride, but who you’re riding with that matters.

Tyler May: This is the type of shit the non-existent Michigan scene needs more of. Honestly it’s so cool to see this happen because it’s such a huge step for this place. And it’s too much fun to be a part of.

Joey: I think Hype Era means a lot to Michigan. Whether it’s the fact that it shows the insane amount of somewhat underlying talent that Michigan has that never gets displayed, or just the sheer passion behind everyone involved, it just is nice to have something out there like this.

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Alec Ash. Photo: Dominic Palarchio
OK, this question is for Mac Eckstrand — Mike said you were really a big part of the video, you’ve got a part in it but tell me about your involvement?

Mac: My involvement has been vast, and at times hard to put a finger on. Some may say I’m here for moral support, others say I’m really just like dust in the wind. A lot of the time I just fall asleep places where I’m not supposed to, and other times I slide down rails on my board and someone happens to be there to film it. I don’t really remember how all of this came about, but I’m really happy to be a part of it!

I’ve gotten to know a few of the guys over the last 2-3 seasons and they’re all around good dudes. What’s it been like working with some of Michigan’s best talent?

Mac: It’s been really awesome. I’ve known most of them even less than that! But they’ve become really good friends. All of the people involved in this movie are genuinely good people. I would totally let any of them coach my future child’s youth soccer team, unsupervised.

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Hawk Island locals. Photo: Dominic Palarchio

What was the best part about this project and what’s been the worst?

Mike: The most rewarding part doing all of this was definitely just watching everybody after they would land shit at the spots. Like just seeing how happy all my friends were after hitting a rail for like 4 hours and getting a trick was well worth it all. Then like actually hearing people screaming when the first name came on the screen during our premiere was tight, I thought it was gonna be dead silence haha. The actual best part was hanging out with a bunch of people in the video that I didn’t know that well beforehand like Adam, Canada Dan and Mac.

Low points were definitely working two jobs and going to school while filming it, digging out a rail for 3 days and Jack, Al Pal, Sven and I almost getting jumped by two buff girls in Marquette.

Matt: Best part of this movie was just being asked to be a part of it. Without Mike Harrington’s offer to have a part I probably would not have went and filmed nearly as much. I don’t think there is a “worst part” of woking on this project.

Tyler: It’s been awesome. Everyone’s got a unique perspective and that’s been really badass to see. I think each of us have our own really unique idea of cool and our own unique style and identity. You can tell that from people’s parts. Everyones is way different and it shows from spot selection to tricks done there and everything. I thought that was really cool. It was a joy to work with most of these kids. Except for Al Pal. Like that kids honestly just a super frat boi and all he does is talk about how much natty ice he bought with his mom’s credit card last Thursday in his pastel shorts and how like mega pro he is at snowboarding, but I’m way better than him.

Al Pal: I went to Marquette and was drunk the whole time and somehow got a full part in Mike’s fucking video. I mean, that’s basically what happened.

This question for Mike — why do they call you #Fukboi?

Mike: I hate getting asked this question. The reason Pal started calling me fukboi is beyond me, but the reason it caught on is because generally I’m more of a reserved person when I’m just filming snowboarding but when the instafam gets me drunk I get real loose and say some of the strangest things that I’m not sure where it comes from really. Like quotes from the Great Gatsby and movie reviews of romantic comedies from the mid 2000’s that I haven’t seen. I also roll my eyes fully in the back of my head everytime I talk to somebody when I’m drunk. It just happens.

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Jack Harris. Photo: Dominic Palarchio

Who’s the sloppiest drunk?

Joey: If you mean getting intoxicated to the point that you try stealing the DJ’s laptop at the bar so that you can play Miley Cyrus, and then faceplanting down the bars 16 stairs and busting open your eye, then I’d say Eric wins that award. But if by “sloppy” you mean slamming so much fireball that you jump onto moving cop cars, spraypaint half of the street signs on the block, have a threesome on top of a parking garage, busting holes into every wall of your house and getting evicted, dropping acid during a riot and cutting half of your ponytail off, etc. then I think all of us are the sloppiest.

I heard you guys like Tinder. Tell me about that?

Joey: Tinder is the greatest thing to happen to a bunch of losers like us since adderal. You know us well, do you think any of us have ANY game? Hell I used to get fear boners whenever my sociology teacher would call on me to answer a question. I think the best tinder experience was the fact that Al Pal met a girl on tinder while he was in Salt Lake for a week with no place to stay, waiting for us all to get out there. The girl ended up going crazy and just crying for like three days straight and drinking our alcohol from like 8am to 4am while we all rode Brighton Resort. Al Pal sux and I love him.

If the Flanel crew was a boy band, which boy band would they be?

Mac: We would be Jimmy Buffet, but divided into Horcruxes (from Harry Potter) Jimmy’s soul and body would be divided into different parts and each person would assume part of his flesh. This would in turn make Jimmy Immortal. Jimmy would be able to stay up drinking rum forever.

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Mac Eckstrand. Photo: Dominic Palarchio

Any stories from the road that you probably shouldn’t tell us?

Mac: Where to begin… A lunatic business owner in Kalamazoo had me arrested for snowboarding on a ledge. Big Rapids is a really fucking weird place. Mike definitely has some sort fetish/addiction for smoked meat. Rib tips, Brisket, Roast beef sandwiches, you name it. I’ve literally seen him become so overwhelmed at the sight of a pulled pork sandwich that his eyes rolled back in his head and I thought he was going to begin convulsing on the floor.

Tyler: Oh god where to start. Most of us have other things in life, like school or jobs that we actually show up to and stuff so a lot of spots were local or like day trips. But the late season Marquette trip was dope. From the 5 am blizzard arrival to Sven and the butch lesbos. To waking up I milkshake all over my van (thanks dickdom and asspal) to the DUI-runs from the cop waitress that was all should have gone and “met up with” later. That trip stands out a bit more prominently. Or at Everest with just me and jack in the ice storm of the century with a hammered matt rhule standing in the rain filming us and then we went to the bowling alley and Calley bought us food and shots.

What’s the future look like? Any plans for next winter or riders we should keep an eye out for?

Mike: We plan on just filming Hype Era 2 next year,
I don’t know if that’ll be the name, just with more people from around Michigan. I kinda want to make it an every year thing because I loved making the first one and I just want to keep doing it until we’re all over it. Found about 15-16 new spots in the past week so I’m super hyped, it’s hard adjusting back to summer so I’ve just been going out about every day and looking for new spots. As for like Michigan snowboarders to watch out for, I would say those Total Revenue kids. They do some pretty fucked up stuff for being still in high school and they do it completely proper.

RIP Hawk Island

Flanel Lifestyles bids Hawk Island a fond farewell.

The End of Hawk Island Snowpark?

Up until this year, Michigan was hardly on the snowboard map. But enter Gateway Parks and a little place called Hawk Island Snowpark, and pretty soon, that all changed.

But after only two years in existence, Ingham County has terminated its contract with Gateway Parks, citing reasons including “failure to supply a marketing plan, provide lessons or training, and inadequate customer service for season pass sales.” Now the county claims it will do its best to reopen the park without Gateway, however, the county lacks all of the rails, a $140K magic carpet lift, and a $240k groomer, so it should be interesting.

Gateway Parks is also working to keep Hawk Island alive in a new location and is committed to “promoting snowboarding in mid-Michigan and the Lansing area” in particular. So hopefully this is not the end… But a bummer none-the-less.

Thanks to David over at Agnarchy for nailing down this story, Check out more details and a bunch more videos on his blog here.