Old School Snowboarding: The Very First Contest [VHS] from First on Board

Old School Snowboarding: The Very First Contest [VHS] from First on Board
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Old School Snowboarding: The Very First Contest [VHS] from First on Board

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The popularity of skateboarding and BMX freestyle is exploding throughout cable sports channels and international contests boasting thousands of spectators; the popular "Curb Dogs" series shows how it all got started! Packed with 1980s footage, back when most onlookers thought these activities were "fads," these videos burst with the exuberant and rebellious spirit of these street sport pioneers.

This 1980 record of the first snowboarding contest is best when viewed as archival comedy. Today's big names in the boarding business, Tom Sims and Jake Burton, are shown handling with pride the latest technology in the then-new sport. Modified skates and truncated surfboards resemble cut-up toboggans with haphazardly attached Velcro straps, cut inner tubing and bungee cords serve as bindings while kevlar is touted as the way of the future. As the grand slalom competition is set to begin, there is a brief shot of two people inching along an imperceptible incline on reversed snow shovels, then with a kickoff provided by instantly dropped ski poles, the race begins. Flags are missed, and the participants spend more time in splayed horizontal stasis than in vertical motion. Shots of a hand-packed jump barely three feet high from which various skating tricks are attempted without a single landing are juxtaposed against contest footage from today. What is most apparent throughout this landmark competition are how the participants--including the hijacked jeans-wearing professional skaters, today's legends Sims and Burton, and random skiers attracted to the newness of this then burgeoning sport--recorded here for the first time, exemplify the free spirit and sense of adventure today's snowboarders are known for. Snowboarding Old School shows not only how far the sport has come in the years since the first ever snowboarding competition but how true to its roots the sport has remained. --DJ Alton