Words: Louis Macindoe. Photos: Robert Harold Sell III
Skip the story, lemme read an interview with Zac, Ethan and Andrew.
An Australian winter usually consists of a large migration of inner city slobs to the townships of neighboring resorts — bringing with them, copious amounts of snowbro slang, Whisky Militia specials and a burning desire to waste their paycheck on box wine aka Goon bags. An Australian winter is basically a big swap meet of STDs.
Now, a company who wishes to play the conservative card knows this isn’t the ideal place to be sending their team for some R&R over their summer vacation. However, Arnette hasn’t been playing by the rules at all since the relaunch of the brand and decided to subject Marketing guru Robbie Sell and his cast of mad men — Ethan Deiss , Zac Marben and Andrew Brewer to 9 days inside the very guts of an Australian Winter. If they survived they got to spend an few days in New Zealand as their reward…
I somehow sucked up to enough of the right people to tag along for the trip, here’s my personal list of highlights from the trip:
You know a trip is off to a good start when your shit doesn’t turn up on the baggage carousel and since it was Ethan’s bags, they could have been at any of the 3 international airports between Sydney and Wisconsin. No one on the trip heard the end of the ‘bag incident,’ Ethan re-assured everyone at all times that the bag was full of Monster hats and ‘the coolest shit.’ No one showed any compassion for either Ethan or the Bag…
Arnette was too cheap to put the guys up in a penthouse every night, so instead Robbie decided the magazine Penthouse would be a good substitute. This magazine circulated throughout the van and whilst no one ‘road jacked’ ‘it’, the thing provided entertainment through Melbourne traffic — onlookers where either aroused or offended.
Don’t touch it. Ever. Same principle applies to his comb. Avoid temptation, I didn’t and paid the price…
Andrew Brewer moments
People get the impression that every Australian speaks and does as Steve Irwin did. I like this stereotype, but Brewer lives it, throwing in Hybrid Australian / Reno slang at every chance. He then proceeds to out-drink the local population, gets the girl and then scrambles back in the morning to meet the rest of the team. Despite living in Reno, he lost at the Casino multiple times but quickly made up for his losses by taking home another girl. He backflips like a cat on a hot tin roof, just don’t feed him spicy alcoholic shit — it brings out the worst in him and he turns into some kind of shirtless maniac possessed by the devil.
There is nothing gay about sharing a spa or ‘hot-tub’ with 6 guys. The Arnette team did some serious ‘bonding’ that night. No homo. That night I felt like I had ‘made it’, the sad realization kicked in later that I work for a shitty website as a correspondent for a country that no one who snowboards cares about.
What could be said about the trip? Well we flogged around on our Snowboards in some good weather and some bad, we did as the locals do — sunk tins, smashed pies and let a bunch of hell bent Seppo’s go about stealing our women, sinking our piss and tearing a new arsehole in our Resorts. Continue reading…
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In which video will you find Zac’s most recent video part?
The answer is: Shoot the Moon
The winner is: David Newbrough of Sheridan, WY
You should own Videograss’s Shoot the Moon. It’s got talent, attitude and a vibe of destruction. As director Justin Meyer put it, “This isn’t mother approved.” Dirks’ part alone will get you grounded. But, your eyes will open to a whole new world of urban destruction. What else could you want? How about a bonus movie by Bryan Fox and Scotty Wittlake. Yeah, seriously. For ten bucks, you’d be stupid not to have your own copy.
Overall Grade: A
Notes: Why does Shoot the Moon deserve an A grade? Because it comes with a bonus movie, an insane roster, incredible creativity, Jed Anderson, a great soundtrack and a performance only this crew can deliver.
Burn or Buy: Buy. Two movies, one price. Oh, and Scotty Wittlake.
Instead of inventing new tricks, Louif is now inventing ways to hit the urban sprawl. His X-games real snow stuff is in there, his banger could have put him in a body cast and he seriously makes the upper echelons of tech wizardly look too damn easy. Just wait for the nosepress-gap-5050.
*Frank April Guests shots are no joke. Way to take advantage of the moment.
Hope snowboarding pays off, because Will is going to need some new knees. That said, whoever’s paying the bills over at Nitro and L1 should give Will a fucking raise. Kid has officially arrived. Everything is high on the death factor, the gaps are huge and the bangers are fucked.
First shot was a hard slam, then things picked up. Jordan reminds us why he’s been pro all these years and why he still has a thing or two to teach us. With enough hipster bullshit to drive up the Urban Outfitters stock, Jordan just delivered one of his best parts ever.
Doesn’t tie his boots, doesn’t use high backs, rarely uses gloves, doesn’t give a fuck and seems immune to cold. None of it makes sense, but all of it is awesome to watch. You’ll love this part for the unique spin Jake puts on everything, and for having the best hand plant in snowboarding.
Dan “Danimal” Liedahl
Welcome to the future. There’s not a lot to say about his part other than, “Wow.” Watching Dan you can literally see what direction snowboarding is headed in. Bigger, badder, more tech.
Last year, femur snapped. This year, brain snapped. The tattoo covered, beard having, chain smoking, Budweiser guzzling wild child has a special gift. He’s good enough that each shot screams, “Fine, I’ll fucking film but then we get to go to the bar.” But let’s be honest, you’re going to remember this part because it just doesn’t make sense. Smoking on a plane? Jumping a camel? Graveyard powder runs? Embrace the moments of madness people.
There’s really nothing bad you could say about this kid or this part. It’s creative as hell. Packed with attitude. Unique and original. Everything he shoots has a personal style to it. Oh, and this is Grendy’s best part ever. Real must see TV shit. Double flips, rail fuckery and the style is heavy.
Johnny Miller & LNP
Lots of hair. Like, girls locker room levels. But, there is also a ledge that if you were to fall I’m 99% sure you’d just die. It’s really scary just to see on TV. Your body might explode even.
Justin Bennee has transcended Technine to become a style guru of his own ilk. He gets better every year. He still owns the nollie, still likes knifes and even after breaking his face all those years ago still loves rails with a big, concrete drop off.
Still weird, still Alaskan, still gnarly. He might not stop smiling. He might ride to a goofy song. But, I think we’ve all come to accept that Gus has a pension for danger that takes more talent than most to get away with.
Best opening shot I’ve seen in a long time. Besides that it’s the same old Kooley we’ve known for years, which isn’t a bad thing at all. His style is still top of the class. He’s still tech, and not afraid of rails with consequence. Seriously though, the opening shot is awesome.
Still a ladies man. Still in the streets. Still blowing minds. Watch for two wall rides you won’t see anywhere else. The ability to jump a snowboard in both the backcountry and busy streets. And of course, outfit inspiration for all you fashion show freaks out there.
Methods and mustaches. This is Zac’s best part ever. Don’t argue, just watch it. It’s seriously fucked up. He goes up rails. He jumps down rails. He slides down rails. He spins onto rails. He spins off of rails. He does whatever the fuck he wants and it’s all amazing. And then he goes into the backcountry and says, “Fuck it, I’m giong to do a double cork or two.”
Jokes, cigs, gaps and hair. At some point Jonas says, “Psych! Oh, shit I’m sorry.” and starts laughing. That pretty much sums it up. He can’t just do “a” trick anymore. Everything needs a variation, a tweak, a spin, a revert, a jam, a holy shit did he just wallride to a rail? Chalk this up to another, “Best part of his career.”
Jed can’t even fall right. He just lands on his feet. He also can’t act gangster that well, I guess that’s the harsh reality of being a Canadian child. You know what though? It doesn’t matter, because just like last year, and the year before that, Jed filmed a part that puts anything you’ve ever done to shame. Maybe someday someone else will get to close a video Jed is in, but that day might be a decade away.
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