Terje, Jamie Lynn, Bryan Iguchi, Dave Downing and more mid-90s legends… Volcom’s 1994 team movie is a timeless classic that anyone – young or old – should watch and enjoy.
To say that Volcom have a bit of form when it comes to producing quality snowboard movies would be something of an understatement. They and their Veeco Productions arm have over the years given us stone-shaped gems like Subjekt Haakkonsen, Luminous Llama, Escramble, 9191 and Mr Plant, and perhaps even more impressive than the strength of the individual movies themselves is the fact that they’ve managed to keep a definite Volcom aesthetic running through them all. Put any of them on and you’ll immediately know you’re watching a Veeco film.
“The Garden demonstrated Volcom’s strong stack of chips in the radical mountain sledge game, and put them firmly on the map as a team to be reckoned with.”
But, though the brand had produced a movie the year before that introduced its entire team of snowboarders, skateboarders and surfers to the world, it was 1994’s snowboard-only The Garden that demonstrated Volcom’s strong stack of chips in the radical mountain sledge game, and put them firmly on the map as a team to be reckoned with. All shot on Super 8, The Garden seemed to have every mid-90s talent crushing it – aside from those mentioned above there were also the Anderson brothers, Sebu Kuhlberg, Janna Meyen, Peter Line, Joel Maheffy… the list of killer riders appearing in it goes on – as they travel from Cali to Europe and threw down the most cutting-edge riding of the time.
Jamie Lynn and co.’s much-feted powder part set to Neil Young’s ‘Heart of Gold’, set bang in the middle of the film (that front 3 nosebone!), is often referenced as one of the best sections of all time, but there’s so much 90s gold in this film that to single out any one part seems churlish. From groundbreaking Cab 9s and tiny back 10s, Methods, butters and Misty Flips… it’s a window on to a world that it can seem snowboarding’s forgot; at other times there’s so much riding in The Garden that’s still relevant today. Perhaps, in the end, we’re not all doomed to pentacorking endless scrolling into oblivion…