Words/Photos: Jake Durham
The end of the summer is a bummer, but that only means premiere season is right around the corner. This past Friday, The Youth Shelter Supply in St. Cloud, kicked off the Minnesota premiere season with a bang. A three video premiere with Bald E-Gal Productions Hooks and Hammers as the main attraction. The 15th and final video from the iconic Bald E-Gal Productions drew a massive crowd and completely sold out the theater. The founders of Bald E-Gal Mike Thienes and Mike Pettit, who also run The Youth Shelter Supply, have been hand picking the midwest’s best talent for years and have been instrumental in nurturing the now prominent Midwest scene. This year’s heavy lineup was no exception with the likes of Brandon Larson, Drew Poganski, Shane Ruprecht, Dan Spooner, Krister Ralles and Matt Boudreaux all having full parts.
The lights dimmed as the video kicked off with some fishing footage, a classic Bald E-Gal theme, and transitions right into winter. Some other highlights to note is a heavy part from Krister Ralles, who joined forces with the likes of Dan Brisse and Bjorn Leines last winter and it shows. This was Dan Spooner’s first full part in a Bald E-Gal video and he filmed almost entirely in Duluth. It was cool to see new ways of hitting old spots. Another choice style was from Matt Boudreaux. Aside from his frosted beard, the part is fun to watch and includes some friendly cameos. Shane Ruprecht really got his part dialed this year. The riding is strong and the tricks are heavy. Good work my friend. After a gnarly bails section Drew Poganski’s part shows that he earned every one of his shots. The two friends sections show some up and coming midwest riders and crews that are sure to be your new favorite. With a few injuries, multiple videos projects, and a frigid winter the boys outdid themselves. Get yourself a hard copy from your local shop or hit up iTunes to view this gem.
Aside from the Bald E Gal video there were two other flicks who got to hit the screen. Keep The Change debuted their latest offering Homage in front of all the homies. This video is hilarious. Filled with all sorts of hijinks, funny faces, absurd music, cameos and tons of heavy tricks, Homage felt a little more loose with more of a homie vibe. I don’t think there was one person who didn’t smile throughout the whole movie or maybe that was just the booze working it’s magic.
Celtek also showed their new documentary style movie, with the simple and classic title of “Nothing to Prove.” Lots of process and passion in this film with a healthy mix of younger and older riders as well as a few Magoon clips.
Also The Interior Plain Project gave us a leak of their new “Berserker” boards through a new video filmed entirely at Trollhaugen. This edit had a nice cinematic feel, got everyone feeling excited to crack a beer in the parking lot and ride some ropes.
Probably the best part about premiere season is how it’s like a family reunion. Everyone in the Midwest who can get out of work early, take a day off of fishing, or wants to skate the plaza shows up. Aside from building lips, setting up tripods, eating shit (repeat), the crew can also party. This wasn’t just a video premiere, but a celebration of many years of hard work and more to come. Cheers!
A big thanks to friends, family, and sponsors who have supported the homies for years. This wouldn’t have happened without you all.