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A Brief History of Jib-Vid.

06:08 9th March 2009 by Onboard Snowboarding
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Ahead of the 2009 edition of the Oakley Jib-Vid, going down in Mayrhofen from 25-27 March, we take a look back at the history of what has become the premiere riding/filming contest in Europe with event organiser Graham MacVoy. Plus there’s all the winning films from the first five incarnations.

The Jib-Vid was established in March 2005 with the first edition happening in Tignes, France. The event was for the Tignes seasonaires with a couple of other teams coming from La Plagne and Morzine and all the entry fees were put back into the contest for prize money, free beer and a BBQ.


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Jib-Vid 2005 Winners – Lockdown Projects, “The Grom”.

Over the years the rules have been finely tuned, in this first year teams could start filming at 10am but had to hand in the finished film to me by 6pm, i.e. they only had 8 hours to make their movie. With this in mind it is unbelievable the level of films from this first year, in particular the winning film from Lockdown which is still one of my favourites. For this first edition the projection was held in the Loop bar in Tignes le Lac with me up front running the films, MC’ing and sweating like a motherfucker. All went well and the venue was packed out with people looking in from outside, when the projection was finally finished and the winner announced Jay Stephenson mashed up the decks till the early hours and it was definitely one of the parties of the season.


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Jib-Vid Summer 2005 Winners – Lockdown Projects, “Chad & Charles”.

The following summer during the Snowboard UK annual board test we ran a summer edition of the Jib-Vid for the riders who had come up to Tignes. We got 7 teams in the end and they all got to work on their films in what was unluckily the snowy day of the week. Scott Nixon played the afterparty which went down a treat and unsurprisingly enough Lockdown won again.


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Jib-Vid 2006 Winners – Lockdown Projects, “Wang vs Chang”.

In 2006 the Jib-Vid stepped up a level with support from Protest and with increased prize money and reputation the event went from strength to strength. With a great team of shapers we managed to transform the Tignes park into something more enjoyable and the teams set about filming. The filming period was extended to 26 hours this year to give the teams overnight to edit which suited everyone. Over these first two years it has to be remembered that teams were only allowed to film in the snowpark or the village – they were not allowed up onto the mountain. Again, the films were of an incredible level and Lockdown took the title for a second year (but third event) with what is in my opinion potentially the best Jib-Vid ever – Wang vs Chang. For this projection we moved up to the Melting Pot nightclub in Tignes Val Claret to give us a larger capacity after the demand of 2005. 30 minutes before the doors opened I had to run some errands and while I was away I had my fingers crossed that we would get a good turnout again. When I returned there was a 30m queue outside the club which was already at capacity inside and Jib-Vid chants reverberating down the street. It was unreal, when I opened the door to get in there were people standing inside in a place where they couldn’t even see anything – without question this night turned into the biggest Jib-Vid party ever (although I think 2009 may well beat it) with all sorts of casualties found the following day.


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Jib-Vid 2007 Winners – Red Bull, “How to Make a Snowboarding Film”.

2007 was the final year in Tignes and there were some big rule changes. Firstly due to weather conditions and the fact it had snowed over night before the contest the Tignes park and our newly created jib module was under half a metre of super light fresh powder. With this in mind we immediately let the team’s film anywhere they wanted on the mountain as long as they had 3 shots from the snowpark. The second rule change was an increase in the film length from 90 seconds to 120 seconds to allow the teams to have more time to develop a start/middle/end of their films. These changes allowed the films to have a far greater diversity and the powder made everyone’s day a huge success, but very tiring.


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Jib-Vid 2008 Winners – Onboard – “Joonas 3000″.

2008 was the year for change for the Jib-Vid, Oakley came onboard as new title sponsor and the event moved over to Mayrhofen, Austria to the Vans Penken Park (Europe’s top snowpark). With a better park, more prize money and enthused teams, 2008 did not disappoint. The level of riding and filming was the highest yet and we had teams entering from all over Europe, and the event ended with the Onboard team crowned winners for their sick film “Joonas 3000″. The resort was a fantastic help and the Austrians warmed to the concept really quickly. With the Alte Post hotel rented out for all the riders, parties and poker nights in Scotties and a very tense projection in the sports lounge 2008 was a very memorable experience.


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With 2009 round the corner and for the first time 10,000€ prize money the teams are flooding in and the standard is super high, I can’t wait to see what everyone produces this year. The Oakley Jib-Vid is always the highlight of my winter, organising a contest which all the competitors enjoy so much is very satisfying and to allow riders and filmers to compete in their own time with creativity and skill really shows a different side to the contest circuit.

- Graham MacVoy.

For more information check out www.jib-vid.com