Top 10 Full Snowboard Movies of 2014
It's that time of year again when we're all gearing up to wave goodbye to another number in the calendars and usher in a new one filled with cranked toeside turns and powder slashes.
If you've already sacked off work to be out in the mountains good on you, and if you haven't, well here is some visual inspiration to tie you over. We're proud to present the top 10 most watched full online snowboard movies on Onboardmag.com in 2014 (correct on Dec 11th 2014), in reverse chronological order.
Sit back, grab a plate of turkey and a glass of wine, and enjoy some of the finest shred flicks that have surfaced online over the past 12 months.
Nowamean has been one of the rail crews impressing the snowboarding world most over the past couple of seasons, with a handful of heavy releases and an abundance of full parts packed to the rafters with incredibly stylish, technical snowboarding.
You may have heard of Dillon Ojo, who blew everyone away with his part in Nowamean's 'Bangarang' last season and is subsequently a hot new name in snowboarding.
‘DEADEND’ is the latest full-length release from the crew and continues the trend of providing a platform for some of the hottest up-and-comers out of the Quebec region.
As one of the heaviest urban movies written into snowboarding’s ever-expanding history book, we were hyped to host the first Deja Vu film in its entirety this year.
8 years ago, 8 French Canadian snowboarders made history with their seminal urban movie ‘Bandwagon’, which documented the-then relatively unknown group of riders as they travelled across Canada slaying every rail in their path, before finishing up in the promised land of British Columbia.
7 years on and Deja Vu was born, with the single goal of reuniting LNP, Nic Sauve, Will Lavigne, Frank April, Phil Jacques, Alex Cantin, Ben Bilocq and Louif Paradis and recreating the magic that was forged back in 2006 in the cold, hard streets of Quebec.
Within it’s 40 minutes running time is some of the heaviest, most mind blowing urban snowboarding ever committed to film, and is pretty much the most up-to-date representation of the pinnacle of urban snowboarding out there.
Private Films 'Number 10'
Private Films have been (surprise, surprise) around for 10 years now and marked their decade in the snowboard game with what was one of the strongest movies of the season.
Number 10 features a killer line-up from Benelux (The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg for those of you not West European inclined) including Seppe Smits, Sebbe de Buck, Joris Ouwerkerk, Jan Necas and a whole host of talented rippers.
What the Benelux-ean contingent lack in mountains, they make up in sheer good-vibes and tight riding. This film genuinely has it all from backcountry trips to park laps to urban night-time missions.
Rome '12 Months'
Way back in January 2013, Rome Snowboards set out on a mission to document a full year of snowboarding with their team riders. Each month, they produced a new mini-movie with a different crew of riders in different spots around the world. A year later they presented all the best bits from the series into one, pretty damn epic, full movie.
It just happens that that full movie was the 8th most watched movie on our site in 2014!
From opening days out in the States, to the Austrian backcountry, to the streets of Quebec and the powder of BC, the Rome dudes certainly got at it in 2013.
Drink Water 'Pathology'
Every snowboarder on the planet needs to watch 'Pathology' by the drink water dudes. Bryan Fox and Austin Smith know what’s up!
Bryan and Austin partnered with storyteller Liam Gallagher to document a season of their experiences and showcase their slice of snowboarding.
These intrepid friends created a movie that provides apt examples of why collectively, we will all do whatever it takes to be able to strap in at the top of a line and make rolling arcs downhill. From powder turns, to steep backcountry lines, to a whole segment filled just with half-buried snowmobiles, every shot in Pathology is a blatant reminder of why we snowboard.
Nitro 'The Bad Seeds'
Nitro's new team movie ‘The Bad Seeds’ was one of the absolute must-watch movies of this season. Super fun team-based shredding from one of the heaviest line ups of international riders in recent memory!
Rather than going the super-slick, super high-end production route, Nitro Snowboards opted to continue the momentum that they brought with their previous movie ‘Hyped!’, focusing on making snowboarding look more fun than riding a unicorn through a shopping mall (pretty damn fun then).
Bringing together the undeniable snowboarding talents of their extended international team – the likes of Eero Ettala, Benny Urban, Markus Keller, Sven Thorgren, Anna Gasser and Bryan Fox, we could have told you three years ago that the riding in this would be great.
What really stands out here is the overwhelming sense of team camaraderie and good times that Nitro managed to manufacture, turning the Bad Seeds from standard team movie affair into an altogether more inspiring piece.
Nike Snowboarding 'Never Not Part 1'
Even though Nike announced that they were bowing out of snowboarding for good earlier this year, there's no denying that Never Not Part 1 was a fantastic movie.
Due to popular demand, Nike released the full movie online early this year and it was one of the defining movies of last season, featuring epic full parts from the likes of Nicolas Müller, Gigi Rüf, Halldor Helgason, Jed Anderson and many more.
This thing is essential viewing, and was the 5th most watched full movie on our site in 2014.
Barf Bags 'RV Juice'
This may not be one that you sit down with your kids to watch, but there was something refreshing about the new Barf Bags movie, from a largely unknown crew out of Iceland.
While RV Juice is definitely a notch below last year’s Barf Bag offering on the ladder of nastiness, this still features some scenes that will definitely offend some.
With poop, chunder, boobies, booze, head-banging, brutal slams, puffing and of course some sick-nasty snowboarding, viewer discretion is definitely advised.
Pretty obvious how this one got so high up in this list right?
Shaun White 'Russia Calling'
Shaun White's self-directed mini documentary ‘Russia Calling’ dropped earlier this year, and gave us an in-depth look at the grueling process he went through to get to the Olympics.
Love him or loathe him, there’s no shying away from the fact that Shaun White is the greatest competitor that snowboarding has ever seen. Not forgetting his obvious talent on a snowboard, this guy can also take a serious hammering and push it all aside to get to the top of the podium.
Russia Calling is a long and at times, dead-slow documentary, but it’s also an incredibly eye-opening look at the competitive machine that is Shaun White. He may get a lot of stick (and we’re certainly guilty of poking a bit of fun on occasion) but his achievements in snowboarding to this point, and undeniable determination, certainly command respect.
Well worth a watch if you haven't seen it yet.
Antti Autti 'Approach & Attack'
And here we are, the most watched full movie on Onboard in 2014 goes to Antti Autti and his new one 'Approach & Attack! Loads of you were down with Antti's exploratory approach to snowboarding and it's a worthy movie for the top spot.
2 years ago, Antti Autti set out on a mission to explore new corners of the Earth in search of the deepest powder and the gnarliest lines, and to share his experiences with both his fellow snowboarders and the local people who guided him along the way.
From the magical tree runs of Japan, to the backcountry steeps of British Columbia, Approach & Attack tracks two years in the life of Antti and his friends and is without question his most accomplished movie to date.
If you like snowboarding that is more than just bangers set to music and that explores the passion, travel and local people that goes along with it, this movie is for you.