Riding with your crew, pushing each other and having a blast is one of the cornerstones of this fun old experience we call snowboarding. Now, since the democratisation of videography, more and more crews are producing edits from their exploits and some of them have gone beyond the traditional ‘bro-cam’ cuts to produce entertaining, imaginative, or just downright hammer heavy video content. We’re stoked on that, so over the season we’ll be throwing the virtual Shakas to some of our favourite Euro crews. In the spotlight this time is the BangingBees – a collective of Frenchies with deep roots in the scene who felt the need to try bring something different to the table. We hit up Julien Mounier for the BB lowdown…
Who’s in the crew? How long have you all been snowboarding together?
We don’t really consider ourselves like a crew since we are supposed to be a media. Originally BangingBees was created by Yann Dechatrette (Designer and owner of the brand Advita) and yours truly, Julien Mounier (ex-editor of Snowsurf Magazine) three years ago. But along the way, our entourage started to be part of regular projects so naturally there was kind of a non-official BangingBees crew, like the riders doing the Workers movie (Antho Brotto, Pierre Scafidi…) with whom we have been riding for years. Let’s say that our main filmer is Lionel Simon and we have an extended crew for producing videos, like the Pyrenean collective Matière Blanche and other crews like Sneaky Snails, Weekly Moves or our friends from Les Arcs. So I guess we are a French media with a crew vibe, but our will is to collaborate with a lot of different riders.
Where are you all from?
I am from Monaco and started riding in the south alps of France as a kid, then I moved to Grenoble in 2008 in order to work for Snowsurf Magazine. Most of the crew live in Grenoble or around the Haute-Savoie. This part of France is pretty central, close to the mountains and it’s easy to go to the different resorts. We even have the glacier of Les 2 Alpes pretty close for summer boarding.