This feature is nuts. You may recognize it from Bode Merrill’s Reckless Abandon. It’s really big and there is zero margin for error. Fortunately, Danimals is one of the most precise snowboarders on planet earth and this took him just a few tries, which is good, because it immediately started to downpour buckets of rain and then a random dude’s car got stuck in the wet snow just a few hundred feet from us and it took Dan and me a good hour to dig him out and send him on his way. Good man, Dan.
This spot was north of Salt Lake City, in Mormon-ville, USA. They don’t take kindly to degenerates jumping off the roof of their church, to say the least. Sam Taxwood stomped this drop to switch boardy and immediately, a cop came screeching into the parking lot and screamed, “What makes you think that you can do this?!” to which Vans filmer Harry Hagan replied with one of the best and most accurate responses I’d ever heard. “We don’t.” The cop was so confused and befuddled, he begrudgingly just told us to get the heck outta there.
Grenier is an SLC staple. If you come to Salt Lake City and you don’t randomly run into him, your trip is less fun because of it. On this morning, Grendys joined the crew to stack a clip and logged this gap to switch back lip. He’s got one of the best styles in snowboarding and a personality that is infectiously funny. Grendys for President. 2020.
Mike Rav is a beast, and it showed in Landline.. We found this spot right after we got kicked out of the church and Mike decided to set it up quick and pop a few down into the ledge. Oddly enough, after this shot ran in SNOWBOARDER, Jeremy Jones hit me up and told me that he used to catch the bus to school right next to this little bridge. SLC is a small world, hence the nickname Small Lake City.
An upper angle of the Rav 5050, aka, the T. Bird’s Eye View.
Danimals, in his element. Just a man and his trusty shovel.
Dan is by far one of my favorite snowboarders to shoot with. He finds unique terrain and does the sickest shit on it. Here, he gaps out with a half Cab to 5050. He makes snowboarding look easy.
So in another example of Small Lake City, Jill Perkins hit me up and asked if I could shoot a quick photo, so of course I said yes. Jill is awesome. She’s super nice, very kind and insane at snowboarding. I went to Sugarhouse Park to meet up with her and Desiree early in the morning and snapped this tail tap back one and then as I was packing up my flashes, I get a call from Mike Rav, who saw us there. He asked if I could drive a few hundred yards down the park to shoot a quick photo of him if we were all done. I met him there, and the result was…
…This photo, which ended up being the cover of our December issue. This is why Salt Lake City is the shit for both pro snowboarders and photographers alike.
Stax is a monster at every session. Here, he gaps out to switch front board at the same school Grenier got his gap to switch back lip.
If you target Dan with your camera, you’re gonna get gold.
Rav warmed up for the front board with a few of these stylish boardslides.
This perfectly sums up Sam’s riding. He’s an insane jumper and rail rider. Here’s he links the two with a method to 5050 at the iconic Rail Gardens double set.
And Danimals backs him up with a hard way back one to switch 5050.
If you frequent SLC enough, you’ll eventually see Danimals just hangin’ around.