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Flashback – Airblaster’s December

Parker getting radical.

“Hope it gives you a new perspective on stuff,” says Travis Parker of Airblaster’s Eastern Euro roadtrip movie that was light on the stunts and heavy on the farts… 

December is memorable for many things, including farting, tourist boarding, and the appearance of a young Marko Grilc who blows Travis and Andrew Crawford away at a park session in Austria, causing Crawford to sing: “You’re my new favourite ri-der. You just landed every fucking trick in the book.” It’s also memorable for having precious few of the cutting-edge stunts that were the stick by which snowboard movies were measured at the time – and as December was centred on two of snowboarding’s most respected riders of the day there was a fair bit of “WTF?!” hurled around on its release back in 2005.

Robot Food’s movies had successfully added a touch regular fun snowboarding to the sternly serious formula peddled by the likes of Standard Films and Mack Dawg, but this was – and in many ways still is – uncharted waters. Namely, letting two fantastically talented riders be shown riding (and often falling) on distinctly average terrain.

To an extent we understand some of the criticism – if you were a kid shelling out 20 bucks to see Parker and Crawford rip, you’d doubtless be disappointed to see them ollie benches, straightline entire (flat) resorts and hit on girls. However, the boys were true to their mission statement: they wanted to break the formula and document exploring lesser-known areas riding just what was available – it helped they were two of the most entertaining characters of their era – and it also certainly helped Airblaster cement themselves as ambassadors of anti-cool.

And so in the month of December 2004 they made December, which when we just watched back, enjoyed the hell out of and now want to go to Eastern Europe and fart a lot too…

December – Chapter 1

(Pretty much all farting)

December – Chapter 2

(Bormio tourist boarding)

December – Chapter 3

(Livigno)

December – Chapter 4

(Czech Republic)

December – Chapter 5

(Czech ski jumping and Poland arrival)

December – Chapter 6

(Zakopane)

December – Chapter 7

(Zakopane backwoods)

December – Chapter 8

(Slovakia)

December – Chapter 9

(Slovakia again)

December – Chapter 10

(Jasna)

December – Chapter 11

(Donovaly)

December – Chapter 12

(Donovaly countryside)

December – Chapter 13/14

(Slovakia to Slovenia + Marco Grilc)

December – Chapter 15/16

(Grilo blows minds)

December – Chapter 17

(Marko’s backyard)

December – Chapter 18

(Vogel pow)

December – Chapter 19/20

(Bad Gastein)

December – Chapter 21/22

(Zell am See)

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