Justin Hostynek trekked into the steep and deep with some the most-experienced crew on the Nike Team for the final chapter of the Nike Snowboarding project. After years of filming with Nico and Gigi, Justin already had the relationships and knowledge to get the best of the best from these riders. They were joined by Danny Kass, who after years of halfpipe dominance is taking things out of bounds, and Eric Jackson who rounded out a dream team of riders with insane style and tricks. If you dream of endless powder lines and faceshots, the backcountry chapter will whet your appetite for more.Read More
Nike Snowboarding is releasing three edits with each focusing on a different aspect of snowboarding. This is the teaser previewing all three. Justin Bennee's tricks in here are enough to make riders start counting the days till these videos start dropping.Read More
Justin Hostynek and Absinthe Films have been breaking trail in the cinematic realm for nearly two decades and in that time they have maintained a steadfast desire to broadcast the snowboarding and snowboarders that they are inspired by in a way that best represents the riding. It looks like "Resonance" continues that creedo and more. Stars like Nicolas Müller, Gigi Rüf, Wolle Nyvelt and Bode Merrill are joined by Absinthe newcomers Eric Jackson, Brandon Cocard, Manuel Diaz and Scotty Lago. Even Danny Kass has signed on for "Resonance". This teaser does its job by causing viewers to salivate and rewind each trick in the hopes of getting a glimpse at one more frame of the insane action before being able to see the full movie. The full clips of Scotty Lago's FS 3 cork to late method, Cocard's 100 yard 50-50 or Bode's BS 7 one-footer can't come quick enough! For more info visit absinthe-films.com or kidsknowdist.com.Read More
Words & Photos: Chris Grenier
After 12 films, absinthe's video this year, "Twel2ve" proved to be the best one yet. A perfect blend of incredible powder riding and street ham-bones. The cinematography consisted of Alaska heli filming, zip line follow cams, and raw street footage. Nicolas Muller and Gigi Ruff never cease to blow minds with innovating natural terrain and two of the best styles to ever grace snowboarding. Dan Brisse and Johnny Paxson have incredible parts that include massive double corks, heavy street spots, and two of the most horrific bails caught on film. Mat Schaer, the young buck from switzerland, has some awesome tricks in his debut section. Debari and Blair Hebenicht showcased gnarly big mountain lines. Not to mention standout parts from Wolle, Boulanger, DCP, Solberg, and DeMarchi. It was the hometown hero Bode Merrill's big night and he stole the show with a two song ender. His part consisted of two sections, a back country segment and a street segment. Each one contains face melting hammers all the way through. The night ended with ice cold beers and loud "BODE" chants on the 50 person tour bus back to Salt Lake City.
Blessed with an innate ability to find anomalous obstacles to huck himself off of, Gigi’s riding is instinctive, elegant, and spectacular, to say the least.Read More