All Words: T Bird
Photos: Huggy & Mutty
On Thursday, September 23rd, Flow Snowboards premiered their video Witness the Sickness to a rowdy crowd at the OC Tavern, followed by a performance by Agent Orange, who–to be honest–I had kinda heard of beforehand, but once they came on, I knew exactly who they were. They killed. Team/Marketing Manager Andrew Mutty sent me a text the day of, saying that it would be one hell of a time. Well Mutty, you were right. It was indeed one hell of a time.
Witness the Sickness filmer Jake Zalutsky had his work cut out for him this year. After a few years in making the Flow videos (last season’s Bad Reputation among those), Jake hit the pavement this winter and was given the task of producing a full-length feature snowboard film, and when the opening credits hit the screen, it was time to see what Jake had accomplished, and I was pleasantly surprised with what I witnessed. Mainly, because of the opening credits. They make quite a first impression. That’s about all I’ll say. It’s funny and I laughed a few times. Secondly, because of Scot Brown’s first part. I say first part both figuratively and literally. He has the first part, and it’s literally his first part (at least that I’ve seen), and as far as rail riding goes, it’s pretty damn legit. Something told me that Scot might be stepping up a notch on the Flow roster after that segment. Jeremy Thompson’s part had some jaw-dropping stuff in it as well. Thompson goes for broke, and it pays off. I think I heard the crowd cheer the loudest at some of his shots.
One of my favorite parts of the film was the friends section: An orgy of action involving Mike Basich, Shane Fortier, Sarka Pancochova, Kade Madsen and more. I like friends sections. A lot, actually. Granite Stater Brandon Reis seems like a nice guy, but apparently he gets super pissed when he doesn’t land, or so the intro to his part would say. Either way, he’s a damn good snowboarder. The kid can jump. Snowboarding’s raddest nerd, Tim Humphreys has the second-to-last part that includes a few double corks, Japan pow, and GoPro footage that will make even the most jaded, washed-up Oscar wanna go make a few turns. Humpy had one of my favorite parts. Scotty Lago has ender, and he deserved it. Lago is the longest-running Flow team member for good reason. Everyone loves Lago, and not because he’s a funny dude. His snowboarding speaks to people and transcends trends, cliques, and crews. He’s simply amazing to watch, and he goes absolutely huge. All the time.
Without giving away too much, Witness the Sickness is definitely worth a watch (you can find it for free on this very website), so sit down, set it to “full screen” mode and relax. Personally, I think this is Zalutsky’s best edit yet and I’m looking forward to seeing what else he has in store for us, as come November, he’ll hit the road once again with the Flow guys (and girl), and churn out another memorable flick for all to see.