Volcom somewhat blindsided us with this most excellent 20-odd-minute movie trained on three Norwegian bosses from three generations, with three different viewpoints on snowboarding. Terje Haakonsen, Torgeir Bergrem and Marcus Kleveland are the trio, and as well as some most excellent riding, there’s some interesting points of contention delved into as well…
As one of the greatest riders of his generation, Terje immortalised himself in snowboarding with an excess of excellent video parts, contest wins, Olympic boycotting and TTR string-pulling. It’s fair to say that Terje isn’t shy of making his opinion known, nor of being militant in his belief that the tribe of snowboarding trumps invisible geographical lines, and that there’s no place for snowboard contests when riders themselves aren’t in charge. Oh, and that we’re kooks for doing a part of our job. In this he articulates his philosophy perhaps clearer than he’s done (admittedly countless times) before, and even if you think the Olympics, pentacorks and nations are the best thing ever, or that Terje’s hack ire is misplaced and smacks of hypocrisy, you can still enjoy some great backcountry pow riding from him and old school buds Bryan Iguchi and Jamie Lynn.
Torgeir has been in the game for a while, but has yet to fully peace out on contests, choosing instead to use them for his own ends while filming in his bib-free time. If there was one rider who comes to mind as embodying everything we were talking about in our recent article Why You Can Pentacork And No One Fucking Cares (though strangely wasn’t name-checked – our bad), it’s Bergrem. For Torgeir, like many others, competing is an important way of pushing themselves and seeing how their skills match up at the highest level. It’s abundantly clear that Torgeir’s got the brain blenders on lock, but he’s also capable of introducing more creative progression to his repertoire: case in point his switch back 5 late Method thing that’s so beautiful it would make the angels sing.
Finally, there’s Kleveland. The teenage prodigy has recently started fulfilling the promise he showed as a double- and then triple-corking micro man by taking the top spots at some of the sport’s most prestigious contests. Not only that, he’s been steadily bending the laws of snowboarding and physics to his will with his insane approach to riding bumps and knuckles – of which there’s plenty in this – and we also get to see where his ofshoot of snowboarding has its origins: at his small home mountain of Dombås where he’s often the only guy riding.
There’s certainly and overarching thread running all the way through Attunga, one we felt resonated with much of the back-and-forth we’ve heard in a winter where the five-ringed circus casts a long shadow. Not only that, it is backed up by some great riding, epic archive footage of the boys, great tunes, and finished off with what looked like a super fun Volcom Stone session down under.