12/11/2013 | by Sam Oetiker
Standouts: Xavier De Le Rue, Eiki Helgason, Gulli Gudmonson, Dylan Thomson
I will remember this movie’s sick intro for a while, and that’s because of the imagery but also for the best tweaked Cross Rocket I’ve ever seen: who’s the dude doing this for Christ’s sake? Xavier is straight up there and slashes Alaska and every icy face with determination: his part is, once again, is one of the best balls-out sections ever. Insane. Tripping. Scary.
Then we go straight back to the streets with a punchy Chris Brewster who explains his choice for jibbing: “it all starts when you live somewhere with snow but you don’t have the money to buy liftpasses”. Dylan Thompson gets serious again with a double kink backside boardslide with consequences to kick things off, followed up with drops of huge proportions, gap nosepress 3 out, and double wallride lines… Stylish, bold and precise.
Jonah Owen gives us another round of rails before Eiki and Gulli start playing on their Icelandic home turf. And this is fun to watch – original tricks, original spots, and just fun snowboarding. Ståle Sandbech brings it to the contest scene, which from a media point of view is always interesting – as long as there’s not too much.
A few lines from DCP and Benedek are thrown in for good measure, plus there are good parts from Hironaka, Sweetin and Brisse who shows some new stuff in backcountry – and that BS rodeo boardslide…
Forest Bailey closes it with a solid jib part and unlike a lot of the jibbers today, combines crazy tech with huge features. Oh and his doubles and 10s are not too shabby either.
Watch this for: a well rounded movie, with some solid riding talent
You can download your own full copy of Nation at the iTunes store.