Snowboard videos are not endangered. Despite the cynical snowboarder who gets a chub if Robot Food is even thought of, we won’t abandon them anytime soon. To those who bitch about the instant gratification and desensitization in snowboarding due to modern society, I’d like to reassure you. There are people like Jon Stark who will keep the snowboard video alive. It is is not in fact rendered useless at all. Bad puns, aside I’m writing this to tell you that Rendered Useless doesn’t suck! In fact, i’m gonna come out and tell you to buy it.
If you live under a rock and don’t know what Rendered Useless is, it’s a snowboard video by Jon Stark, Matt Roberge and Eli Olson. Marty McStark has pointed a camera for 1817, The Impaler, and High Cascade to name a few. This guy came back to the future after bringing us WFTC and WFTC2. We like him and give him the prestigious Yobeat stamp of approval.
Rendered Useless is the kind of snowboard video I’ll rewatch a year from now. It’s refreshing, it’s Supreme’s “Cherry” for snowboarding. It’s better than Videogracias, even with a Gus Engle part. I don’t think there’s a energy drink logo in it anywhere.
The whole thing starts with Biff from Back To The Future, is littered with art from Mike Rav, and has a disclaimer that I won’t talk about lest RU gets in trouble with PETA. (Ed: They should, chickens are people too.)
Bar Dadon, photo: Jesse Gouveia
Anyways, Bar Dadon gets opener, followed by Johnny Brady. They jump down a lot of big stuff, which is pretty cool. Ian Boll has a solid part before the video breaks into a montage of pretty much everything that’s good about the East Coast. It’s beautiful, really. It reminded me of the first time I saw a video of the US Open. Fast forward some film burns and now it’s Jordan Morse battling a bunch of kink rails on a Knowbuddy board (RIP) and Jacob Krugmire has a mini part that surprised the shit out of me.
Parker Szumowski is next and puts together a lot of good tricks and also best bail of the video.
On to another montage section with some familiar faces before Jesse Gouveia’s part. Jesse has good style and definitely made the Soy Sauce Nation proud with this one.
Mary Rand comes in next and put down a serious part after a bunch of feel good shots of her teaching little ones to snowboard. If that section doesn’t make you appreciate whoever put your ass your ass on a snowboard for the first time you’re probably the devil. Buy this just for Mary’s part you savages.
Johnny Brady Jr. Photo: Ian Boll
Jayell White follows Mary up with a pretty good mini part with a funny snapchat intro and paves the way into Andrew Aldridge’s section. Andrew performs and has one of the longer parts, although I wasn’t super stoked on the song. Up until this point though the soundtrack has been on point – very modern sad boi melodica that somehow makes you feel happy.
More montage, a time lapse, and some low-key chicken murder later and we’re at Zander Blackmon’s part. He kills it and bring us into Vinny’s section, which honestly I’m a little scared to say anything bad about since I met Vinny this summer. Jokes aside, Vinny does some seriously fucked tricks, and easily has the rawest part.
Somehow despite what we’ve seen, Cole Navin comes through next with arguably the best part in the video, and definitely the best edited part. He might’ve planted the most no complys ever seen in a street part and did a few tricks that might make Jesse Paul nervous on top of a really strong rail part. Watch that one twice.
Cole Navin. Photo Matt Roberge
When Cole’s part is over we come to Mike Rav with the ender. Rav’s part is easily the most entertaining and oozes style the whole time. An entire section is dedicated to Rav rolling on the ground and hitting side hits. If it doesn’t remind you of hot laps with your friends you need better friends. It’s a great part to end on and I’m not sure if they could’ve given it to anyone else, because I found myself wishing I was snowboarding by the end of it.