Snowboard on the Block kicks off winter yet again in Denver with multiple movie premieres

The Van Doren Off the Wall Rail Jam. photo: Yosh
Bird's eye view of the sponsor village. photo: Yosh
The original Denver loc, Marc Frank was repping a new furniture outlet and just being an overall bossy individual. photo: Yosh
Derrek Lever, Littlest, and Ian Boll were rolling through the block casually. Make sure to check out, VG's "Videogracias". It's hammertime. photo: Yosh
Snowboard on the Block includes a large gear sale, just in time for winter. photo: Yosh
Sean Black and Frank April. Two good dudes. One has a face, the other has Grand Marnier in his belly. photo: Yosh
Everybody loves a parade.... photo: Yosh
The best way to make a snowboard course mid-summer is to spray white stuff from between your legs. photo: Mike Yoshida
It's weird how similar Brendan Gerard and Trinidad James looked on Saturday. #allwhiteeverything photo: Yosh
Dylan Alito and a crowd of fawning spectators. photo: Yosh
Don't you know hover boards don't work on water, unless you got power?!?! photo: Walsh
Dylan Alito on his way to becoming $2,000 richer. That's a lot of legal marijuana. photo: Walsh
Crew'd up: (l to r) Ian Boll, Billy Mackey, Brendan Gerard, and Josh Bishop. photo: Walsh
Red and Brendan Gerard, greasing that P. Diddy white-on-white stee in the streets. photo: Walsh
This guy had a grill, a mic, and an eccentric presence, so Yosh assumed this was Trinidad James... photo: Yosh
But then he found the actual Trinidad James...sipping on a drink before heading on stage. photo: Yosh
Yosh tried to get up close to TJ, but his security was real aggressive. Probably because they don't want James to scuff his fresh, white snowboard boots. Keep in mind, it was 80 degrees outside--dude was committed. photo: Yosh
People were a little hesitant to get close to the stage because that massive Vans boot smelled really bad. Uhh. photo: Walsh
One of our favorite Denver locals, Dylan Alito came up $2,000 in the Van Doren Pro Rail Jam. He celebrated by cooling off with a beverage. photo: Yosh
Miles Soderstrom, Mark Wilson, Erik Leon, Jake OE, and Frank April. photo: Walsh
Erik Leon was lot lurking all day. photo: Yosh
If the movie "Horrible Bosses" was about this crew of individuals, it would just be called "Bosses". Because that's what they are. The movie may not have done as well though because the linchpin of the plot was the "horrible" part. And Jennifer Aniston probably wouldn't have been in it and she is a box office draw. photo: Yosh
Forest Bailey, on paper and in person. PLUG: Make sure to pick up a copy of the "SFD" Special Issue, on newsstands September 22nd. photo: Yosh
Colorado loves their local heroes, the Nightmare movie premiere was nuts. photo: Walsh
One of these guys has opener in "SFD". And the other two have mental segments, as well. Nice work this winter, gentlemen. (l to r) Ethan Deiss, Bryan Fox, and Curtis Ciszek. photo: Yosh
Giro's Todd Kupke and "The SNOWBOARDER Movie: SFD" Director, Trent Ludwig. photo: Yosh
Gooner, pre-barkin' and stompin'. photo: Yosh
A handful of the fellows that put in their blood, sweat and tears to make "SFD" as good as it is. Thanks, boys. (l to r) Nils Mindnich, Curtis Ciszek, Hans Mindnich, Jake Welch, Blake Paul, and Forest Bailey. photo: Yosh
Nate Bozung, snowboarding legend and SOTB emcee. photo: Yosh
We don't know who any of these people are. photo: Yosh
Bryan Fox and Jake OE. photo: Walsh
Two of VG's finest, Colton Feldman and Tommy Gesme. Spoiler: Gesme's part in "Videogracias" is stupid good. photo: Walsh
Curtis, Blake, and Forest checking out the special "SFD" issue for the first time. Also, Yosh. photo: Walsh
More media inspection. Bryan and Hans in the front, Gus and Max Warbington in the back. And a line up of Easter egg-colored porta-potties. photo: Walsh
Backcountry brothers, Hans and Nils Mindnich. photo: Walsh
Snowboard on the Block was very revealing. Jake OE came to Colorado to drop his pants, we mean his part. photo: Yosh
Good vibez. photo: Walsh
Wide angle lenses are great. They make everything look huge! photo: Walsh
This is how many IDs Frank April requires to get served in the US. photo: Walsh
Feelings. photo: Yosh

words: Mary Walsh
photos: Mike Yoshida and Mary Walsh
captions: a collaborative we’re sorry

Saturday, September 12th, Snowboard on the Block returned to the streets of Denver for the third annual installment of this Colorado winter kick off. Two blocks were fenced off and filled with screens and stages on which to premiere a grip of the most-anticipated films of 2015, including Deja Vu Encore, Videograss Videogracias, Think Thank Methods of Prediction, Absinthe Eversince, L1 Americana, Bucket List Nothing to Prove…this list of movies was almost as long as the line of eager snowboarders waiting for the gates to open at noon to get into the event. With the sun blazing in the sky above the Mile High City, denizens of Denver traversed the line up of brand booths as the sounds of Trinidad James, Bob Goblin, and Talib Kweli wafted through the high altitude air.


Despite summertime temps, the SOTB crew piled plenty of snow onto a two-story scaffold set-up for the Vans Van Doren Off the Wall Pro Jam rail jam that started the afternoon with the technical rail stylings of Riley Nickerson, Brendan Gerard, Scotty Vine, Lucas Magoon, Nial Romanek, Dylan Alito, Jesse Paul and even more talented competitors. When all was said and done, it was Alito, a Denver local, who took top honors and walked away with a giant Vans shoe trophy and 2,000 green backs.

Down the block from the Vans rail jam, there was a mini to skate. Lines formed at foodtrucks, curing the munchies with chicken quesadillas and falafel. Crowds gathered in the sponsor village to check out fresh gear from Never Summer, Hobo Headwear, Zeal, Smokin’, Nightmare and more. If anyone in Colorado didn’t already have snowboarding on the mind, SOTB ushered in winter with a definitive blow. And then the movies began to play.

With so many quality films to check out, it was impossible to catch everything you wanted to see. 2015 is offering up a heavy line up of films, both bigger budget and DIY. TWS, Abinsthe and the local film The Last Champions by the Nightmare crew packed the large indoor theater while the first showing of Airblaster’s Side Hit Society and the L1 movie drove crowds in the screening room. Outside, where the sun played fickle games with a massive screen in the street, Think Thank, Videograss, Deja Vu and The SNOWBOARDER Movie: SFD made their first public appearances. Bright light and technical issues affecting viewing aside, Think Thank, VG, and Deja Vu came through with banger films this year. We’ll save the details from each film for individual posts about the movies, but there were multiple mind-blowing parts. We’ve gone over how excellent Methods of Prediction is (though we will say it again, it’s awesome), Louif and Jed came through with heaters, Tommy Gesme and Layne Treeter turned all of the heads, and Mark Wilson–we need a re-watch of your segment because it looked sick as heck (tech issues prevented a clean viewing, so we’ll be checking Videogracias out again ASAP). Cheers filled the lot as the CO crowd mixed with the riders, many of whom who were checking out their segments for the first time. This is but a sampling, all of the riders in these films provided some mental maneuvers, more extrapolation from SNOWBOARDER to come. It’s a banner year for snowboard films.

As the sun set, The SNOWBOARDER Movie: SFD played in full for its world premiere. Jake OE, Lucas Magoon, Hans and Nils Mindnich, Jake Welch, Bryan Fox, Curtis Ciszek, Forest Bailey, Ethan Deiss, and Blake Paul had flown into Denver to celebrate the culmination of their efforts. Here at SNOWBOARDER, we can say with an unbiased outlook that the riders in SFD, along with the filmers and editors, made a hell of a movie. Stay tuned for a full break down of the film and while you wait, enjoy the story of Snowboard on the Block told by the above photo gallery.

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