12/11/2013 | by Sam Oetiker
Standouts: Will Lavigne, Franck April, Louif Paradis
These French-Canadians are at the forefront of what street snowboarding can be, thanks to what is certainly the best jib crew on the video planet this winter. That the Déjà Vu dudes scooped all three nominations for best Jib section at The Reels (Will Lavigne, Franck April and Louif Paradis – Louif won) speaks volumes about the film and its riders – the film is 90% jibbing, something you must know this before you check this so you don’t go in expecting a pow fest, and in terms of this aspect of snowboarding you won’t find a better representation in a film this year.
Will Lavigne gets the intro and sets things up: this is going to be a tech fest. Ben Bilocq will make you sit up, both on rails and in the backcountry, pushed by a pleasant Smashing Pumpkins track. Nic Sauvé takes it back to the street in style, and with Interpol, which helps as well. Franck April must have the most ‘gangster’ part of the year with some solid jibbing set to some old school hip hop.
The ender goes to Louif, who has obviously shot banger after banger, in some crazy spots most of the others would not maybe think as doable. Best jibber this season for sure. Alex Cantin, LNP and Phil Jacques complete in style and technique, what is the best street crew today. Bravo les gars, tabernac!
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You can download your own full copy of Deja Vu at the iTunes store.