Ten minutes of J Lev talking with Matt Barber during a spring park day at Stowe several seasons ago. J Lev talks about the era of “snowboard parks,” the epiphany he had about center-mounting his skis for the first time, and the first time he tried a 180 on his 203-centimeter Rossis, and making “a ski like a snowboard” in college. Hit play and go off to tend to your basil; it’s a good listen.
For the know your roots category
I’m going to date myself by saying this, but I Feel Ghood was one of the first edits that I watched religiously after becoming a “freeskier”. It doesn’t feel like that long ago at all, but in my defense it was (almost) five years ago. And looking back on it now, in the afterglow of freeskiing’s inauguration on the world stage in Sochi, it seems like it’s been an eternity.
When you see the edit again you start to realize how things have changed. Henrik is a kid here, Ninthwards and all. So is Wallisch, who is rocking the Level 1 x Jiberish collab sweater that, in and of itself, represents an era of freeskiing. Both of them look like they could still be in high school, or kicking around your local hill. These aren’t the same skiers who appear in VICE’s extended cut US Freeskiing commercial, or in asinine articles about the Olympics’ “Fashion Fails,” they’re just some goons shredding the shit out of a sloppy springtime park at åre.
This OG Dave Crichton segment from 2002 has everything I loved about early 2000′s park skiing: 18-foot pipes, Parkasauras, sketchy parking lot quarter pipes, DL Incognito, and Crichton’s gorgeous tail grabs, alley-oop flat 5′s (still on my bucket list), and switch cork 9′s in the pipe – eleven years ago. I would actually start a Kickstarter project to pay Crichton to film again, but alas all good things must come to an end. But thanks to Level 1 for again treating us to pretty much the best skiing ever. You guys should really start skiing more transition.
The year was 1999. The Salomon 1080 – the first twin tip – had only been around about a year, with JP Auclair having flashed the very first pair on the podium of the ’98 US Freeskiing Open while wearing some weird pigtails held up with rubber bands. That summer, ESPN invited guys like Shane McConkey, JF Cusson, CR Johnson, Vincent Dorian, and Johnny Moseley aka “The Golden Boy” to hit a super sketchy scaffolding jump in downtown San Diego during the midst of the Summer X Games (this is when ‘blading was still a part of the deal) with snow trucked in from the area around Bear Mountain. There were enough cool grabbed spins and switch tricks for the Worldwide Leader In Sports to give Ski Big Air a chance in the next Winter X Games, to be held at a snowless Crested Butte. As you’ll see by watching all three videos (and I remember from middle school), JF Cusson won that first contest with the sketchiest (right-side) switch 720 known to man, which he struggled to get around but still landed smoothly on non-center mounted 1080s. Moseley, with the ugliest helmet known to man and no goggles, got second with his signature Dinner Roll (also known as a rodeo), while Vinnie Dorian got third with an uncrossed (but still boss-looking) 900 iron cross (people actually called that trick out then). Candide Thovex, who at the time was some unheard-of 16-year old Frenchie with no English language skills yet had been the first person ever to clear Chad’s Gap only weeks prior (this was actually a year before he just barely made it over Chad’s with that legendary D-Spin), got fourth.
Well, it wouldn’t be BroBOMB if we didn’t make this article somehow more ridiculous than they are in reality, so we used the proceeds from our massive ad and marchandise sales (they’re actually the reason why NASDAQ just went down) to hire some Japanese dudes to dub the whole contest in their funny language. Enjoy.
*YES DOUG BISHOP, WE REALIZE SOMEONE IN THE VAST CYBERSPACE OF NEWSCHOOLERS.COM HAS ALREADY POSTED THESE VIDEOS, SO YES, PLEASE ADD THAT TO YOUR BIBLIOGRAPHY OF “THINGS BROBOMB RIPS FROM NEWSCHOOLERS” WITHOUT HAVING TO MENTION SO IN THE COMMENTS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.
The US Freeskiing Open was FREEZE Magazine’s home-grown event and freeskiing’s first (poorly) organized park contest. At the first event in 1998, JP Auclair won on a pair of straight skis (everyone was skiing on them), and at the awards ceremony that night, held up the very first pair of Salomon 1080s, which had arrived at his hotel room that very afternoon. Since then, the Vail-based event that would go down the week prior to Winter X grew to host the first major international halfpipe ski contest, launched the careers of TJ Schiller, Jon Olsson, and dozens of other park and pipe skiers, and pushed the frontier of new tricks with their Big Air contest, always held under the lights. Philou Poirier threw the first major switch trick, a switch backflip, and won in 1999. In 2000, an unknown Vermont kid named Andy Woods threw an enormous crossed-up 1260 and inspired the name of Line’s first fully-symmetrical park ski. Johnny Moseley battled his Dinner Roll against the D-Spin 9 of an unknown Swede named Jon Olsson, CR Johnson won with his Bio 1260, Mickael Descheneux won with a switch cork 10 blunt tail in 2003 that would inspire the race to the switch 10 in big air contests, later considered a “drought” in trick progression until the Kangaroo Flip came along, and Philou Poirier would be the first to land back-to-back 900s in the pipe.
This video, taken from Johnny Moseley’s Youtube page, shows the “slopestyle” contest at the 1999 Open. Notice the goofy suits, Fate mogul pants, Hart skis, general lack of twin tips, and Phil Dion’s dope as hell bio 7 as well as JP’s timeless backflip mute. This was an era where wearing a full face helmet in the park was still kosher, poles were long, and there were no tall tees because Clif Bar didn’t make them, as everyone seemed to be sponsored by those guys. Plus Mike Jacquet in that ridiculous windbreaker looking like he’s at a peewee football game. This was the beginning, and the soundtrack was all ska. Unfortunately, the event’s momentum would fade in the 2000s as a greater litany of contests spun up and the closure of FREEZE marked a turning point in the sport. Later it would move to Copper, a dumb mountain, and then become only a pipe contest. A dubious-looking website from an LA-based marketing firm is claiming a similar event – the “US Open of Freeskiing” - will be held this upcoming March and will be the world’s largest open event.
Jon Brogan made us break all are own rules, namely endorsing a wannabe-gangster suburban white boy who wears baggie pants and tall tees. Despite that handicap, Brogan has gotten a heavier endorsement from the ‘BOMB than almost any other skier out there. The kid (when he was skiing) shat style and was one of the few who could make non-future spin tricks on a rail look really hard. And while Wallisch has owned the afterbang landing since the dawn of time, Brogan might actually have had swag when he landed jumps.
Unfortunately, Brogan’s high-potential ski career was cut short by his own obsession with becoming a DJ in Boulder, and after a few short seasons we lost him to the subwoofers and MDMA* of skiing’s most obnoxious college town and America’s 4th-best city for bros. BB founder Jon Hartley got excited in 2011 about a made-up claim that Brogan was returning to their shared home mountain, Pennsylvania’s Big Boulder, for one all-day film shoot that season, which was to be his only day on skis that year.
— Nate Abbott (@nabbott) February 27, 2013
More recently, there was an Instagram photo of Brogan skiing somewhere in Summit County that we couldn’t find, and this tweet by Freeskier editor Nate Abbot claiming/hoping a new Brogan edit would be making the rounds soon.
Fuck a grocery store on a Sunday, all these moms won’t stop following me around, they impressed w my food choice
— Jon Brogan (@youngBROGEEZY) March 11, 2013
Alas, Brogan’s Twitter feed has revealed only his musings about the girls he sees in the library and the local cougars who sweat him at the grocery store. Got any more recent Brogan tips we can feed his loyal fans and supporters? Drop a tip on the Brogan wire at email@example.com. Click here to read the Jon Brogan archives.
*Assertions of drug use are completely unsubstantiated and a product of BroBOMB’s imagination. We hear he’s also technically in college pursuing a degree.
The only two things I would add to what Iberg writes about this movie is Glen Plake shooting water out of his butt and someone else popping a squat on the deck of a jump at Breck. Hopefully this gets a few kids INSPIYAD TO DA WORLD! to bring back some serious antics in ski edits.
“If you didn’t get enough from Burger Time… then you will need to check out the highly anticipated 2nd production from Mercon Industries that was a 2 year project. Back at it with more insane carnage and up close broken bones, blood, shit and puke we took it to another level once again when we teamed up with magical creatures like Falcor from The Never Ending Story and drank 40oz with him! We also got to see Greg Tuffelmyer as he lurked though the windows of his gilrfriends pillow fights! I mean shit, who doesn’t like boobs right! So enjoy The Guatemalan Persuader with once again some of the best skiing, drinking, shitting, puking, snowmobiling and whatever else happened. This movie is just pure awesomeness!!!
Shit just doesn’t happen like this anymore! If it did, no one would be sponsored because big companies are pussies and scared to let there athletes be their own person! Fuck all that shit, have fun, shred and ski with your friends! Because it could all be gone tomorrow as we all know!
who knows… there might be a 3rd movie in the works!”
Burger Time was a self-made movie from 2001 by Jon Mercon. His movie, along with others like the UP1 edits that would make it into the Poor Boyz DVD bonus features, showed freeskiing in a much more vulgar light than we typically see these days. Ska and punk colored movie soundtracks, while party footage of pretty much every top pro pounding booze, doing fucked up shit with dogs, jumping off of balconies, slurring their way through half-Quebecois/half-English phrases with one eye closed before dropping down a staircase on a skateboard, and throwing up all over the place was the norm. A particularly hilarious one involved the then-indomitable Oakley team – JP Auclair, JF Cusson, Philou Poirier, and Juien Regner – blacking out one night and waking up in a terrible hangover to go to fitness testing at an Oakley facility, then nearly eating shit off of inclined treadmills before vomiting in every trashcan in the gym. Shit was hilarious.
At any rate, Burger Time brings much of the same, along with sketchy parking lot gaps, directional park skis, and streaking in a wrestling mask in downtown Breck. And seeing so many backflip mutes and no spin over 540 being grabbed is just good for the soul. Although future spins were already a part of the scene – Greg Tufflemyre was throwing 1260s in the pipe with his signature metal-flow long hair. *Thanks Iberg for the corrections.
IDEA was one of Eric Iberg’s biggest contributions to ski filmmaking and a major break from the ski porn of the time, which was just fading out of its obsession with ska and fast action at the time. You can clearly read the strong hints of Pre-Nimbus Nimbus style in this movie, along with the same crew, most of the same tricks, and definitely the same style and pace. Here’s what you gotta love in IDEA:
-Andy Mahre doing one of the first stalefishes
-Eric Pollard shredding in that ridiculous orange Helly Hansen one-piece survival suit on his EP Pros, some of the noodliest sticks on the market
-Most of the Nimbus crew, especially Pep Fujas, throwing some of the best tricks of their career
-Skiing pow switch for the sake of skiing pow switch, which no one does anymore because it’s ugly
-Entry of shitty Cali P-esque reggae into ski edits, never to leave
-Annoying or slow piano and other kinds of slow music, a precursor to all future Nimbus soundtracks.
-Pep more or less owning the movie
Stefan Thomas’ opening Segment from Long Story Short. Despite a weak song, the 7 blunt Stefan stomps over the rocks is a thing of pure beauty, along with a couple other goodies. This guy has always been underlooked.
Another Level 1 “oldie,” the Keystone/Eclipse Turboside from 2008 is full of gems. Early Tom Wallisch, Adam Dalorne, Mike Hornbeck, Duncan Adams and Jon Brogan. How da ya like dem apples?
Alas, early Jack Borland is also a blast.