Mandrews part from the latest Warp Wave film, “Aurora Boardealis”
“Turning was the first trick in snowboarding” – Pat “The Eye” Bridges
The Warp Wave crew is back again this year with another offering that pays homage to arguably the most important component in snowboarding: style. Style is defined as “A manner of doing something” and, “A distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed.” By these definitions Warp Wave shows you what style looks like for nearly 40 minutes. The film itself is as distinctive as the riding with a funky retro soundtrack that’ll make you wish you had eaten some form of psychedelic before viewing. Aurora Boardealis separates itself from last year’s offering with a higher production value and more freestyle influence, something which I think will appeal to a broader audience.
The riding in the film honors the foundation of this culture we all love. That’s not to say this film is 40 minutes of dudes turning. It’s not. These guys know their roots and pay tribute Tahoe’s legacy as a hotbed for freestyle innovation during the 80s and 90s with progressive tricks thrown in the mix as well. In a lot of ways, Aurora Boardealis harkens back to the earliest films in the legendary Totally Board (TB) series and that’s saying a lot. Classic Tahoe spots including the Donner Summit/ASI zone and Mt. Rose are featured as the crew blends freestyle and surf style into the kind of freeriding that can only be described as masterful.
The snowboarding in the movie struck me as honest – that is to say, pure. A prominent philosophy in design suggests that the best designs are those which are stripped of everything but the most fundamental and necessary elements. To this end, the riding in the film is nearly flawless from an aesthetic perspective. It is snowboarding distilled down to it’s purest form. There is something really enjoyable about watching a capable freerider paint their way down a slope. Where they choose to slash a turn, what natural transition they air off of, and which chute they pick to pin it through all become individual signatures of their own style much in the same way one can distinguish a Van Gogh piece from a Monet. We saw that earlier this year with the Full Moon film as well. If snowboarding is not a sport, but rather an art and way of life, this film is a tribute to that notion.
Warp Wave has made a film they should be proud of without a ton of monetary support from big corporate backers. Films like this are what made many of us fall in love with snowboarding in the first place. Show your support for these dudes and snag a copy when they release it on DVD in the coming months.
Featuring: Gray Thompson, Eric Messier, Nick Russell, Jackson Fowler, Jeremy Jones, Tim Eddy, Tucker Andrews, Curtis Woodman, Taylor Carlton, Johnny Brady, Wyatt Stasinos, Zander Blackmon, Felix Mobarg, Griffin Seibert, and more…
Airblaster and Warp Wave join forces for this one Featuring: Tim Eddy, Tucker Andrews, Jesse Gouveia, Jackson Fowler, Hannah Eddy, Max Tokunaga and Madison Blackley
We grabbed two freestylers, took away their comfy soft boots and playful bindings angles- replacing them with neon plastic race boots and aggressive double positive stances. We drove them up to the hill, threw them on the chairlift and told them to turn on their inner Damian Sanders.
Watch Tucker Andrews and Felix Mobarg lay down the law, while unleashing the beast in “HARD BOOT’N SONS A’ GUNS”
Filmed and Edited By: Sam Tuor
Warm temps? Time for some Hot Boy’n.
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Warp Wave’s ‘A Place Called Kookabunga’ might just be the kookiest film to drop since the RobotFood trilogy. The recipe is simple: Look at what everyone else is doing, and do the exact opposite. In the same way that the RobotFood movies departed from the banger after banger formula that MackDawg built a legacy on, ‘A Place Called Kookabunga’ puts on a goofy hat, straps into a weird looking directional board and carves its own line into its rightful place as an instant classic piece of snowboard cinema. WarpWave reminds us once again that snowboarding is all about having fun and following your own line.
If you’re looking for the next variation of the quad cork, or some crazy-ass Brisse inspired transfers, this isn’t the video for you. Still, you owe it to yourself to watch, if only to see several of the style masters of today do their thing.
The movie is split up into sections based on location. This allows you to focus more on the overall experience of the film rather than the riders as individuals. And yet, each rider stands out because of their own distinct styles. You’ll know a Grey Thompson turn when you see one. At one point during the ‘Subterranean abunga’ section you see 3-4 different riders each make a heel side turn in front of the camera that is as unique as their own fingerprint. This film oozes style, not just because of how the crew approaches riding, but also because of the way it is put together.
The overall feel of the film is decidedly retro without becoming a novelty. The riding itself is raw, yet smooth and powerful. Watching Kookabunga you get the feeling that you’re watching sessions go down as they happened. The ‘Hot Boyn Abunga’ section has the crew ripping around Squaw Valley mob style: carving around skiers, ollieing skier kids, and tossing clean 3s and grabs over drops the way you and your friends do on a day to day basis. That’s the other rad thing about this kooky-ass film: it’s accessible. It’s the kind of film you’ll watch over and over again, and the kind of film that makes you want to get out with your friends and get a little weird.
The return of the carve and surf/skate inspired freeriding can be largely attributed to all the kooks who take part in this film. Their “Keep it simple, stupid” approach to riding honors the roots of riding and is really enjoyable to watch.
‘A Place Called Kookabunga’ proves that you don’t need the craziest tricks, the biggest budget, shots of helicopters taken from helicopters or superstar riders to make a great snowboard film that will stand the test of time. While other films may get more buzz this year, WarpWave’s offering is definitely worth the $6 they’re asking for it on vimeo. These guys are doing good things for snowboarding, so show them some support so we can enjoy another kooky film next season.
Warp Wave’s Taylor Carlton and Tucker Andrews follow each other off jumps, bumps, and around berms, to a soundtrack laid down by Taylor himself.
Riders: Taylor Carlton, Tucker Andrews, Felix Mobarg, Gared Schneider, Gray Thompson, and Eric Messier
The first storms to roll into the Sierra Nevada Mountains brought plentiful amounts of powder to the Warp Wave squad. With an appetite to turn, slash and cruise through the mountains, they take advantage of mother nature’s bountiful terrain.
Riders: Tucker Andrews, Gray Thompson, Eric Messier, Tim Eddy, Hannah Fuller, Max Tokunaga, Taylor Carlton, Johnny Brady, Ryan Scardigli, Alex Horgan, Sam Ferrel, and Brett Davis
Maybe not the most poignant coverage from The Dirksen Derby, however Terasu’s recap is definitely the most interesting visually, and includes some thought provoking Rip Zinger voice overs. But in all honesty how much coverage does one race need?
Friday, friday, friday. Evo hosts the Portland premiere of Warp Wave’s Warp du Looke plus a gallery of photos by Gray Thompson, Eric Messier, Ben Birk and Sean Kerrick Sullivan. And most importantly, an open bar. Here’s the vitals.
What: The opening of Warp Wave’s Warp Dü Looké installation in the evo Gallery | photography by Gray Thompson, Eric Messier, Ben Birk and Sean Kerrick Sullivan | the Portland premiere of Warp Wave’s new film, Warp Dü Looké
· When: Friday | 12/5 | 6 PM
· Where: evo Gallery in Portland | 200 SE MLK Jr. Blvd 97214
· Cost: Free
· More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/798415800180834/
The hipster powder hounds from Warp Wave are back from their car camping journeys with the teaser for their second full length flick “Warp Dü Looké.”
Featuring: Gray Thompson, Eric Messier, Tim Eddy, Curtis Woodman, Alex Yoder, Alex Lopez, Brendan Gerard, and more!
You have likely double-taked in awe at their cinematic snow spectacles. Two telepathically radical minded new wave dudes, Eric Messier and Gray Thompson, from the nether regions of North Lake Tahoe are on a mystical journey of epic shred proportions. Amidst the mountains, deserts, tits, road flares, VHS and general tomfoolery emerged the beast that is Warp Wave. The holy grail of shredding is out there, waiting to be found and devoured. These dudes have found it. All hail Warp Wave.
Where did you get into snowboarding?
Eric Messier: I was in the 6th grade, on the East Coast visiting Vermont and saw snowboarding. There were a ton of snowboarders out there and I was really into skateboarding at the time. It was a no brainer to switch over because it looked like so much fun. I was over skiing and wanted to try something new.
Gray Thompson: I started in 1997. It was my 6th birthday. December 12, 1997. I went to Sierra at Tahoe my first day. Begged my parents to let me rent a board and try it out. Seems like forever ago.
Do you guys remember meeting each other?
Messier: I think we met out snowboarding. We both were on Comune at the time. He seemed like a mellow dude and he was on the same vibe like I was. We got along really well right off the bat.
Thompson: I think I was shooting a lot of photos at the time. It was around 2010. I think I just ran into those dudes and we started boarding and shooting photos. Having a grand ole time!
Messier: I think the first time we went out we shot something at Squaw Valley. Some roof jam thing. You shooting Ben and I.
Rider: Eric. Photo: Gray
Take us back to the beginning of establishing the psychedelic experience that is Warp Wave.
Messier: Gray was living with Curtis Woodman at the time and I came over and showed him this edit I had made of when I went to Europe. He had some footage too and we just started talking. Why don’t we just start our own video project and make our own movie? We were sick of having other people in charge of our footage and doing what they wanted to do with our footage. Fuck that! We can do it ourselves.
Thompson: That was it. The Europe edit sparked this whole series of events that is now Warp Wave. Why are we putting our snowboarding in other people’s hands? We had a certain way that we wanted it to come out. We can manifest it ourselves, so we did it!
Explain the Warpe Du Look Movement to us.
Thompson: The Warpe Du Look is a medieval film look that’s been around for centuries. We are trying to master the art of it, one snowboard video at a time. We had to come up with our film genre because that’s what we do – we come up with weird shit. We encourage others to bitch and film content for this genre.
How important is it to show a different facet of snowboarding?
Messier: I think it’s really important. Especially right now. You see a lot of the same shit these days. A lot of park edits. A lot of the same tricks and stuff. We just want to show more of what snowboarding is to us. The fun side of it. Not taking it so seriously. Not trying to hurt yourself. We want to show kids you don’t have to do all this gnarly shit to have fun on a snowboard. You can do that if that is your thing, but i just feel like the general whole of snowboarding that’s not what it’s about.
Thompson: I grew up riding Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows and consider them freeriding mountains where people go there to enjoy the natural slopes. So, I grew up just seeing people snowboarding – just nothing else, just linking turns. Amping up on storm days in the pow. I think that once I got more and more into snowboarding, and following the videos and stuff in the industry, people weren’t really showcasing that way of riding that I was seeing everyday. I just felt there was a lack of content in this genre of snowboarding, ya know? We want to change that.
When I watch you guys I often think of Travis Parker.
Messier: Definitely a big influence on me and Gray for sure. He makes you want to go snowboarding.
Thompson: He was one of those first pros who found snowboarding for what it was and just had fun with it.
Messier: Definitely that vibe he had we appreciate and we look up to him for that.
Where did each of you grow up?
Messier: I grew up in North Lake Tahoe.
Thompson: In San Francisco. Right in the middle of the city.
Messier: He was the weekend warrior.
Thompson: Yes, I was the weekend warrior. From the 7 x 7 jail.
You guys talk about bringing simplicity back to shredding.
Thompson: I think we have just figured out in the simplest form that makes us happy and what we get stoked on. We are super in tune with the littlest things of getting stoked on a turn and what that feels like and that simplicity. That’s the simplicity we want to bring back to snowboarding.
Why do you work well together?
Messier: We are into the same things and we are on the same vibe. Common interests, ya know?
Thompson: We always both get the same idea all the time. I think because we’re both pretty mellow dudes. We don’t get crazy, kinda. We just get along easy, you know?
Whose decision was it to shoot the first season on VHS? Was it difficult?
Thompson: Somehow we came across this shit camera. We borrowed it from a friend’s garage. It was a camera he had from back in the 90s. This was in the summer and we just started filming summer shit. One night went over and projected it onto a TV. We started playing with it and pointing the camera at the mirrors and stuff. It would show up as this crazy endless hallway on the TV. Trippy things like that. I think we decided right there it would be a really fun format to shoot a snowboard video in.
Messier: It’s kind of an experiment. It might come out a little trippy in some parts. It’s a really fun way to mix things up. At the same time we shoot Hi-Def now. We didn’t want to be those guys who just limit ourselves to VHS. We’re going to shoot some 16mm this year. We’re going to shoot Hi-Def. We’re probably going to shoot some Hi-8 and VHS. We don’t want to limit ourselves to one style, I guess. It’s fun to play around with different things.
What would be your biggest criticism of mainstream snowboarding’s “quality” these days?
Messier: I think just mainstream snowboarding getting these companies involved – energy drinks and stuff. Shit sponsors, or soda sponsors, or whatever. I think that’s the worst part.
Thompson: I think the industry has a hood on and is blocking out the simplest raddest things in snowboarding. They’re just not really aware of the awesomeness that it really is – the roots. That’s probably my biggest bummer on that, but it’s changing.
Messier: I would be down for big companies sponsoring people, but the soda companies – just what they stand for and the product they are trying to sell to people is garbage. I am not backing that at all. I understand why people do it. They need the money and the companies support their lifestyle. Live their American dream. I am not going to hate on people for doing it. I don’t agree with it. I am never going to do it.
Thompson: Anything that’s short term is bad for the industry. We’re all about longevity here. We all want to snowboard our whole lives. If that means drinking less energy drinks than that’s a good thing.
What filmmakers have influenced you guys most?
Both: Jake Price, Hatchett Brothers, Whitey, Brad Kremer, Absinthe, Dave Seone.
Messier: Willie Bogner for sure! He has the ski clothing line called, Bogner. He makes the ridiculously expensive one pieces. It’s a 100-year-old company. Back in his day – this is Bogner the 2nd, junior, he was real artsy. It was kind of like what we are doing. It wasn’t really so much about the trick. It was out there. Good stuff.
You guys started the Hot Boy’n Movement. Please explain.
Thompson: Hot Boy’n has been around since the beginning of time.
Messier: It’s basically a take on Hot Dog the ski flick. Where freestyling skiing once was. Get down the mountain and hit the mogul field with style and speed. We just started kinda hot boy’n when we were at Alpine Meadows one day and I just cut off this old guy. An old skier. It was an accident. He caught up with us at the lift line and was kinda like pushing me and said, “You guys are just hot boy’n around! Who do you think you are?” We just kinda ran with that the whole hot boy’n thing . Kind of just like being badass on the mountain. Ripping around and getting loose and wild.
Thompson: Just ripping. Not a care in the world! Hot Boy’n down the mountain.
How big of a role does nudity play in Warp Wave?
Messier: The kids seem to like it. We had access to it, so we used it. No one really hates on some tits. We were pretty stoked, so why not?
Thompson: It’s just bringing a fun, sexy, elegant vibe. The warpe du look takes a few elements of filmmaking and one of those is nudity.
Does pond skimming, snowboarding with models and road flares always have a place in snowboarding?
Messier: Yeah, why not? I think those will always be a part of snowboarding. At least for me. Road flares? I need to get some of those.
Thompson: Those would be a good hot boy’n tool.
What adventure was most fulfilling for you this season?
Messier: For me, probably, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I had never been there. Our whole crew was epic. Everyone was awesome. It snowed every single day. We rode powder every day. We saw moose running down the freeway. Buffalo! Hot springs that we snowmobiled to. It was everything that makes a snowboarding trip great.
Thompson – Good booze, good people, good times. Thanks to Jackson Hole Resort for hooking it up and letting us ride there. Huge mountain, top to bottom all day.
Where does next season take you guys?
Messier: I think we have a view different ideas. We are probably going to do a couple different projects. All Warp Wave projects. One is Hot Boy’n – The Movie. More scripted and setup scenes and it’s still kind of in the early stages of getting the idea for it. It’s going to be wild. We also had this thing we were trying to do last season called “The Sierra Surfer Tour” where we shredded mountains in the Sierra’s via splitboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snow camping – just going to weird little mountains. That never happened this year because it never really snowed in Tahoe. So, depending on the season, we will do some Sierra Surfer Tour as well. We are also hoping to do some sort of foreign trip.
Thompson: Time to go foreign, baby! Hot boy’n in a foreign country.
Gray enjoys the original energy drink. Photo: Eric
What do you hope to bring with Warp Wave to snowboarding, ultimately?
Messier: For me, it’s been pretty fulfilling that the last two years have had all these older legends, pros and people in the industry come up to us and tell us how stoked on Warp Wave they are, and that what we are doing is special for snowboarding. That means a ton to me because it’s the people that I looked up to and who got me stoked to go out and ride.
Thompson: I have kind of been asking myself that same question, and for me it becomes more and more clear. We already fulfilled where we thought Warp Wave was going, or going to happen. We just wanted to put out a new vibe and get people stoked, just happy on life and everything and snowboarding especially. We just want to get people stoked to go snowboarding.
How does one find their own Warp Wave?
Thompson: It’s all about being in your element. In your wave, you know? Finding your flow and going with it. Tuning into the wave of frequencies within your body when you’re snowboarding and keeping a smile on your face and all your friends hooting and hollering.
Words of wisdom for the Yobeat faithful?
Thompson: Don’t take yourselves too serious. It’s about having fun. Make the most of it.
Messier: I think Scotty Wittlake said it best, “Serious snowboarding is for serious idiots.”
Messier: D Day snowboards, Owner Operator, Arkade Belts, Snow Peak
Thompson: Owner Operator, Von Zipper, Arkade belts, Snow Peak
Eric Messier, Gray Thompson and Curtis Woodman head east from Tahoe in search of bliss.
An edit about air-grabbing, tweaking, total chaos.
Riders: Tim Eddy, Eric Messier, Gray Thompson, Hannah Fuller
Filmed in beautiful Lake Tahoe, Ca
Green screen technology from the future provided by: Woodward At Tahoe
Enter dream sequence
Falling asleep as a snowboarder; you’re exhausted from riding all day. You close your eyes, your body relaxes. You embark on a journey into your mind. A journey filled with bottomless pow turns and radical maneuvers. All your friends are there. One minute you are ripping under the California sun, the next; a stormy day in the Pacific Northwest. You don’t know where your mind will take you. You wake up, it all vanishes. You look out the window to find white flakes falling from the sky. Time to get up, get out, and get lost.
You have just experienced – REM CYCLE
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