Don’t know what you guys are talking about, Burton is still totally a snowboard company!
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The new Burton flick finally arrived! With the promise of, “An iconic year.” on the cover, my heart began to pound. Would Shaun White blow my face back? Would someone do something that didn’t exist yesterday? My mind raced with anticipation. Then, after 44 minutes it was all over. I learned Burton is still spending big bucks on their riders (good). Their team is a mix of extremely old and new (but Forum veterans are about to fix that). And, it apparently wasn’t such an iconic year for women…
The intro feels like a night in a hectic European club. But soon, Mikkel Bang starts the show with back and switchback 180s on jumps the size of midwestern ski resorts. Then he jumps more, and does the mandatory double flip. There’s also a section showcasing Mikkel’s new fetish for launching into trees, and I think it might be yours once you see it.
Jump porn! If massive tabletops and ultra poppy lips are your thing, this section of Euro jump machines is your wet dream. If not, Mark McMorris shows up for a second and spins and flips more than the Videograss and Technine guys combined.
Terje is still filming fluid, elegant lines in impossible to reach locations. But, his new riding buddy John Jackson is bringing some aggression to his peaceful wonderland. These two coupled up to make a part that is truly worth watching. Check it out on Youtube or something.
Welp, from jumps to mountains and now rail town. Ethan Deiss and Zak Hale are put on display so everyone will remember Burton makes jib boards too. Ethan’s 5050 drop-gap to front board will make you flinch, but also make you burn out your dvd player. Zak does rad stuff too.
Now we travel to the wildest pipe ever. It’s basically a slopestyle course built around a pipe. It’s only for amazing pipe riders. People like me who struggle to get out of 18 foot walls would just die. Most of you would for sure get hung up and crushed to death. Seriously though, it could have been shot way better.
Yep, more movie left. Yeesh, this is long. Anyway, Mark Sollors is up next. There’s a rad Twin Shadow song and the part is rad overall. Reminds me of the old days when being well rounded mattered. Mark is Burton’s future hero.
Jussi Oksanen. Do kids even know how incredible this dude is?
Jeremey Jones. Man, TRJJ still has some tricks up his sleeve. I don’t care about his wallrides and shit, but there’s a gap-plant rewind type situation that is super fucked up. I can’t wait to see the crash videos of kids trying to replicate it later this winter.
Finally, the ender. Is it Shaun? Nope. Duh. It’s Mikey Rencz. It’s nice to see Burton finally give this kid some serious love. After years and years of paying him to do whatever he wanted in the BC backcountry, Mikey puts what he learned on display. Adding up to what seemed like it’s own video of jumps into deep powder landings.
Overall, I would have cut this video way down. There are some serious heros in this thing, a total lack of Shaun White and no women what so ever. Is this a negative review? Nope. There are heroic moments in this flick. There are true legends doing what they do best in this flick. I’d watch it if I were you, because you’ll definitely learn something.
The latest cinematic propaganda by Burton, Standing Sideways, is without a doubt one of their all-time best brainwashing schemes. The packaging is awesome, the concept is clever and the king of gum, scooters and neck muscles a.k.a Shaun White is no where to be seen. However, even with awesome intros and the obvious new approach Burton is taking, you can’t help but feel a little bored by all the park porn.
Overall Grade: B-
Notes: The actual riding in this video is more like an A, but between company propaganda and too much park porn, the editors really let the riders and viewers down. P.S. Did you know Burton riders could jump really, really well?
Buy or Burn: If you’re a history buff, buy it. Terje destroys, the vomit sack cover is great and Jussi Oksanen’s part truly seals the deal on his legendary status. If you don’t care about stuff like that, then steal a copy at your local Zumiez.
Kazu Kokubo: You can have my job if you find a better Japanese rider than Kazu. He is a monster whenever a transition is involved. He only films on massive jumps. He makes hundred foot (or more) back 180s look smooth and mellow. Oh, and there’s the whole backcountry thing. Which he rides like he’s actually trying to defeat the mountain.
Mark Sollors: Opening shot is a total ten. Then, laid back double backie. Reminds me of Robot Food. Sollors is well rounded, but what makes this part awesome is the fact you can tell he’s pushing himself. Keep an eye on him.
Jeremy Jones: They tried to make fun of him for having The Beebs on his ipod. It didn’t work. Then he does a bunch of jumps that Jussi will later put to shame. I’m not impressed by the shuv-it thing. I am impressed by a sweet handplant and a pretty gnarly gap back 270 banger. If it weren’t for Jussi’s ender I might not think this part is so bland.
Alex Andrews/Zak Hale/Ethan Deiss: Best intro in the video, so glad Burton has realized they need some more spunk. I’m going to call Alex, Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss the “Change Burton’s Appearance Squad” from now on. These three are dirtier, looser and more street level than Burton has ever really been comfortable paying for, but it pays off. These tree kill it, and Zak Hale has a disgusting amount of style.
Terry? I think this guy is related to Diamond Donny. Either way, he has the best part in the whole movie.
Mikey Rencz: It’s awesome that Burton pays Mikey to just party in Canada and film parts that are just good enough to justify a paycheck.
Danny Davis: So much hair, so much style. At this point we all know Danny’s deal, and if you don’t, hit the bricks pal. So you know there are big fucking airs, amazing grabs and perfectly executed big boy tricks. I’m glad Danny Davis is in snowboarding.
Mikkel Bang: Again, gross levels of snowboard talent, but at this point I just didn’t care about jumps anymore. Skip to this part in the future for a solid lesson on how to spin. If you learn to jump like Mikkel, you’ll make the ladies weak in the knees.
Seppe Smits: Guess what, Burton dudes can jump. Seppe does lots of mega spins and double corks with little to no effort.
Charles Reid: This dude is still on Burton? Crazy. Anyway, he spins a lot too, but it’s not that fun to watch.
Mark McMorris: Shocker, more park porn. Triple Cork, do I have to say much else? McMorris is going to take home a lot of contest money in the next few years.
Terje Haakonsen: Ok, I’m amazed again. He’s so old, but rides harder than 98% of his Pro peers. Why should you buy this video? Probably to watch GoPro footage of Terje outrunning an avalanche.
Keegan Valaika: Burton really made a great call when they started padding Keegan’s wallet. Watch this part for a lesson in how to press, what a scary rail really is and what happens when you mix endless talent and a whole lot of BozWreck. Keegan will be a legend some day.
Jussi Oksanen: Speaking of legends, Jussi just secured his status as one of the all time greatest snowboarders, capable of both melting minds and shattering dreams. Todd Richards is in love with this part, I’m in love with this part and if you don’t see it, don’t understand how gnarly it is or see the utter insanity of taking an avalanche to the face and filming a double cork at his age, then you might as well go rent a pair of skis. Otherwise, keep standing sideways.
For all the info on how to get Standing Sideways, team info and all that other good stuff, click HERE!
Check out more shots from the Burton shoot at Mammoth at www.blottophotto.com
Wow, that is a terrible headline. You see what I did there was combine two pieces of news from the Nike 6.0 camp into one headline, because doing two posts seems like a bit much. In English, Nike 6.0 just announced the addition of Mikkel Bang to its team. If you want to read a really in depth interview with his full of insight such as, “…biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome to keep riding? Mikkel: Getting injured,” check it out here. Mikkel is just on the footwear program, and will not be rocking 6.0 outerwear samples this season. Which brings us to the other piece of news: 6.0 will soon be making outerwear. The line will drop for shops and geeks to and ogle at SIA and will hit stores for the 2010/11 season. Now see, aren’t you glad we made that all one post?
Snowpark, New Zealand — August 1st, 2008: Snowboarding is back and it feels oh so good. Kicking off the 08/09 Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Season, The 5Star Burton New Zealand Open Slopestyle Finals for both men and women took place Friday afternoon (NZST) at Snowpark, New Zealand, with riders pushing the bar right from the get-go.
07/08 Women’s Swatch TTR World Tour Champion Jamie Anderson (USA) returned to the scene, dominating the competition for first place with Mikkel Bang also taking home his first title of the season. Both riders claimed huge shares of the $50 000 USD prize purse and 850 TTR Ranking Points, earning them top spots in Swatch TTR World Rankings.
In conditions that favored the well-seasoned and competitive-savvy rider, it became clear from the early rounds of the semi-finals what riders would pull away from the pack. Jamie Anderson continued to prove her Slopestyle prowess established last season, layering her buttery style all over each and every feature of the course. Back-to-back 5s, massive 3s and rail combos oozing with flavor, this was Jamie’s contest and with another Title in her collection, she extends her lead as Swatch TTR World No. 1 going into the 08/09 Season.
Cheryl Maas (NED) who placed 2nd still made her mark however, pushing the limits with a sick BS7 Tailgrab that none else dared attempt earning her the spot of TTR World No. 2. Sina Candrian (SUI) who was the only other female rider beside Maas to go for a 7, finished 6th in the Slopestyle moving her into TTR World No. 3. Canadian female rider Spencer O’Brien took third with solid runs throughout to move up a staggering 90 places in the rankings to TTR World No. 7.
Similarly amongst the men, Mikkel Bang could not have put on a better show. Outdoing himself with each successive run, Bang rewrote the definition of ‘stomp’, with the cleanest collection of switch BS 9s ad cab 7s of the week, earning himself the 08 Burton NZO Slopestyle Title and the No. 1 spot in the Swatch TTR rankings.
Chasing close behind Bang was a number of international riders that threw down everything they had but couldn’t get close enough to Bang’s consistency. Chas Guldemond (USA) busted out his signature BS 1260 in the semi finals, with equally impressive cab 9 nose grabs in his bag. Guldemond’s third place moved him into TTR World No. 2, less than 2 points behind Bang.
Tim Humphreys (USA) and Charles Reid (CAN), both favorites going into the finals, were having trouble connecting their tricks in the final rounds. Still managing to land some epic 7s and 9s, Reid’s second place and Humphrey’s fifth moved them into the TTR Top 5.
Special mention goes out to Canadian shredder Sebastian Toutant, who after taking a hard slam on a double BS rodeo attempt, sucked it up and went for another go, only to succumb to lack of speed the second time around. Expect big things from Seb in the near future.
For full ranking updates, hilarious blogs and action packed videos from the Southern Hemisphere, check out www.ttrworldtour.com for all the latest coverage from the Swatch TTR 5Star Burton New Zealand Open, continuing on August 2nd, 2008 NZST with the men’s and women’s Halfpipe competitions which again can be followed live on www.go211.com.
1. +13 Bang, Mikkel NOR 200.99
2. +5 Guldemond, Chas USA 199.23
3. +9 Humphreys, Tim USA 185.49
4. +17 Reid, Charles USA 184.09
5. +3 Korpi, Janne FIN 162.60
1. = 0 Anderson, Jamie USA 228.95
2. +3 Maas, Cheryl NED 209.35
3. +3 Candrian, Sina SUI 195.65
4. +6 Hollingsworth, Ellery USA 176.89
5. +8 Karlinski, Jordie USA 154.40
Founded by Terje Haakonsen and industry innovators in 2002, the SWATCH TTR World Snowboard Tour is a non-profit, rider-driven organization with the mission to create the highest quality competitive snowboard environment in the world, using authenticity, accessibility, innovation as guiding principles. Since its foundation, the Swatch TTR Tour has been developing into the most exposed snowboard tour worldwide featuring global grass root and key independent freestyle snowboarding events over a ten-month period from Southern to Northern Hemisphere locations. Events are rated via a 1-through-6Star system, with points allocated accordingly, a 6Star event holds the highest (1000 Swatch TTR points). Any rider participating in these events, from up-and-coming to professional talent, earns ranking points and a position on the SWATCH TTR World Ranking List. The top male and female rider based on an average of their best eight results of the season is crowned SWATCH TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion.