14/11/2011 | by Tom Copsey
Episode 2 of Vice mag’s in-depth look at the rebirth of Nixon’s legendary Jib Fest last year is live. You should watch this if you like snowboarding.
If you watched last week’s post where Powder & Rails kicked off their series on the Nixon Jib Fest you’ll know that in addition to showing the hammers that some of the most cutting edge jibbers on the planet threw down at last winter’s event, there is a historical aspect to the show that will please riders over the age of 23, and anyone with an interest in snowboarding’s pedigree for that matter.
Episode two gets nostalgic with stories from the events creators and original attendees as they wax lyrical on the early years of JibFest and what made it rad then and what makes it more rad now. Features from the first years of JibFest were modified, updated and brought back for the 2011 event. The circle rail from the 2002 JibFest was made bigger and the S-rail had another section welded onto it, which kept the aesthetic of the past intact while progressing forward. Pro snowboarding legend Brian Thein, one of the invitees to the OG JibFest, was also flown in to keep the 2011 event classic. Watch as Brian straps in and rides with the rest of the crew like no time had passed at all. JP tells us what the heck that slippery stuff on the fun boxes and ledges is made out of and how Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson was responsible for finding the material and making all their fun box dreams come true.