The stage was set and the scene was epic.
This weekend over 6,000 snow enthusiasts loaded up cars, vans, trucks, and several party buses and made their way to Red Rocks Amphitheater, Colorado’s notorious open-air venue for the inaugural Snowboard on the Rocks video premier and concert event.
The anticipation for the night was heavy as the highly publicized event promised to be an epic evening that would set the precedent for snowboard premiers in the future.
Pat Milbery, pro-shred and co-founder of Snowboard on the Rocks, said his idea behind the explosive night was that he thought “it’d be sweet to bring the community of Colorado together before the season started to stoke the excitement on a local level.” With the premier of three spanking new flicks and three musical acts spliced in-between, Milbery and the other heads behind SB on the Rocks definitely did what they aimed to do.
They stoked out many shreds with their provocative night and reminded all that the main reason for being apart of this sport is to have a kick-ass time. The picturesque venue of Red Rocks was the perfect place for snowboarders to party, and that’s really what the night was about. The combination of bumping beats and banger snow porn created a vibe that was purely palpable.
The excitement kicked off with a few shout outs from announcers thanking everyone from sponsors to kids in the crowd. Then London Dungeon took to the stage and erupted with electro, techno funk that had everyone dancing. After a satisfying set, members of the Never Summer snowboard team hopped on stage to start their flick, “Made in America.” The movie had some epic shots and the crowd went off whenever Colorado scenes blasted unto the screen.
With the first film over and out, the stage opened up for Del the Funky Homosapien. The rapper looked pint-sized on the giant stage, but he spit ferocious fire that made the crowd eager for more. After rounding out his set with some Colorado favorites, he made room for the Think/Thank crew who debuted the first part of “Right Brain, Left Brain.” The movie was maniac and boasted super slick rail sections and a few powder pops that left the rowdy crowd hungry for more.
Once everyone’s brain’s were blown from the sick flick, The Cool Kids busted on stage and had people doing “the wop” by rapping classics like “88″ and “Gold & a Pager”. After the stimulating set, the crowd was jazzed and ready for the final video of the night- the world premier of Standard Film’s “The Storming”.
I finally saw Standard Films’ ‘The Storming’ at Red Rocks, in Colorado. The venue is insane. Jaw dropping view of Denver with these massive monolith type rocks that exude from the ground to form a natural amphitheater. The night was a unique experience because it was the first time a snowboard event had ever been held there, and it was also the biggest crowd I’ve ever been able to be apart of to watch snowboarding. There was over 6,000 people there, and everyone had their eyes fixated on the screen, in anticipation of each new trick being thrown down. The cheering was amazing, and so were the mazes underneath the stage, where acts like U2, Beatles, Hendrix & Stevie Nicks had played before. So f***ing cool. Hana Beaman, Erin Comstock, Raewyn Reid, Torstein Horgmo & Sammy Lubke were all there to see the film for their first time also. Judging by the crowd, the Standard crew killed it this year. [The Storming] is a fast paced movie, with non-stop banger shots. Sammy Lubke had first part, with tons of amazing big AK lines. Halldor Helgason had the next part and destroyed it with the song ‘We didn’t start the fire’. He has so many tricks, I couldn’t get my head around what he even did. Eiki had a rad part too. Torstein had the ender with a bunch of doubles and the triple and whatever else you can do on a snowboard. Oh yeah, I loved watching Kazu, he just kills powder, pipe and park with such good style. Finally, I was stoked to see a hefty girls part in the movie, the first time this many girls have been included in Standard’s 19 year history! I have to watch it again to get the full feel of who did what, but definitely a video worth checking out. -Ciao! Leanne
We think Leanne hit it right on the head. The movie was ultra-fast and action-packed. It leaves you wanting to jump on your shredstick the moment the film ends. Banger after banger had the crowd going wild and it was ultimate way to end the ultimate night, making the inaugural Snowboard on the Rocks a total success.
We’re stoked to be apart of this kick-ass event, and can’t wait for the future events in years to come. It’s only going to grow bigger and bigger and it was rad to be apart of the initial madness.
To check out what else went down peep the pics in the gallery:_Snowboard on the Rocks
And to get a taste for the movies you missed, take in the teasers:
Standard Film’s “The Storming”
Think/Thank’s “Right Brain, Left Brain”
Never Summer’s “Made in America”