28/09/2010 | by Tom Copsey
Our Riders of the 00s Week continues with video highlights of Romain de Marchi, Gigi Rüf and Cheryl Maas.
Romain de Marchi
Romain is synonymous for going big. In Absinthe’s Vivid (2002) he already demonstrated his unique skill of technical mastery on insanely big features. And all of this to a tune that is among the best songs ever written.
And if anyone had thought he wasn’t anything but a flash in a pan he left everyone speechless with his next video part. His savaging of Chad’s Gap with Travis Rice in 2004 was immortalised in Pop. It consolidated his reputation as snowboarding’s hellman and singlehandedly redefined the sheer dimensions of backcountry trickery.
At Burton he was the rough edge of Un…Inc and bagged countless heavy movie parts with Absinthe Films, who had given him his first break in the movies. Another of his standout performances has been captured in Absinthe’s Futureproof. Since he has left Burton and set out to make a snowboard company that reflects his ideals, YES, and still continues to release gobsmacking video parts.
Amongst the handpicked crew of the now all but forgotten ‘Burton Seven’ crew was a diminutive 17-year-old Austrian rookie called Christian ‘Gigi’ Rüf. His dominance of the entire decade started with his exquisit appearance in Kingpin’s Y2K film Destroyer. The part features a double cork attempt that was subject to much debate in snowboard shops all over the world.
Shoot Your Friends Part
Gigi played a strong part in the conception of the Pirates and for their first movie, Shoot Your Friends, back in 2003 he was rewarded with the closing part. Since then it’s common for him to have full parts in two, sometimes three, movies a season. No mean feat.
When Absinthe’s backcountry focus met with Gigi’s evolving skills for powder stompage they pushed each other to a level beyond all expectations. In 2005 this symbiosis culminated in Gigi’s all-natural terrain part in Futureproof. It was the kind of performance art all serious shredders aspire to.
Purple Yeahh Part
Since the beginning of the decade Cheryl has been filming with various movie productions, showcasing not only her great talent in parks, but also formidable skills on urban features. Check her out in Yeahh Productions’ Purple Yeahh and you will understand what we are talking about.
Although she prefers filming for expressing her style and personality she is a regular at most big contests. Her career highlights include winning the inaugural women’s TTR tour, and ever since the inception of the TTR World Ranking she has been in its top 10.