Bode. p: T. Bird
Bode Merrill. p: E-Stone
Chris Grenier, Salomon Global Marketing Communications Manager Greg Covello, and Scotty Arnold. p: T. Bird
This fall, as frothing riders look at the shred cinema landscape and peruse the parade of trick porn created in the notion that aspirational images cascading across the screen will inspire the masses to strap in and throw down, one film with its seemingly immortal protagonist rises above the rest to be more than merely a movie of the year contender, but perhaps the best snowboarding signature showcase since the genre was created with ‘Subjekt Haakonsen’ in 1995! Bode Merrill’s ‘Reckless Abandon’ renews faith in a motif that has become more of an indulgent celebration of a rider’s elevated status than a true vehicle for showcasing the singular talents of our sport’s most elite icons. Putting ‘Reckless Abandon’ in the same league as ‘Subjekt Haakonsen’ may seem hyperbolic to the 'Terje is God' faithful, but the comparisons between these two movies are justified. Twenty years ago, Haakon partnered with Dave Seoane to spend a few weeks filming and sending it in Riksgransen, Sweden, Methven, New Zealand and Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the result was an engaging, surreal and somewhat casual glance at a man whose abilities were on a whole different level than his peers. As much as supporting players like Bryan Iguchi, Johan Olofsson and Daniel Franck raised their own game for ‘Subjekt’, they ultimately still couldn’t match the raw talent of Terje, which Seoane was able to frame up perfectly. Reviews of ‘Subjekt Haakonsen’ at the time betrayed its lasting influence because the riding was so advanced that it would take several years for Terje’s NBD tricks to start being named, contextualized and imitated.
So here we are in 2016 and Shaun White, Todd Richards, Jake Blauvelt, Tara Dakides, David Benedek, Pat Moore, Craig Kelly, Kevin Jones, Gigi Rüf, Mark McMorris, Torstein Horgmo, Nicolas Müller and Eero Ettala have all spearheaded their own signature movies. Whether they admit it or not, all have aspired to capture the same cinematic lightning in a bottle that Terje and Seoane were able to conjure so many years ago, yet the results of these endeavors has been inconsistent, with none matching the impact or influence of ‘Subjekt’. Even an attempt to get the band back together with ‘Haakon Faktor’ proved that even Terje and Dave couldn’t tap into that same Sprocking Cat magic again.
Hans Mindnich. p: E-Stone