Words and Photos: Kevin Stevenson

Exit Real World celebrated its 16th birthday in sweet style with the world premiere of Skeleton Crew’s Group Effect at the Hollywood theatre in Portland Oregon.

Exit sure knows how to throw a birthday party. They gave away all the cool stuff that kids want and entertained the masses by making raffle winners play silly games to earn their prize. Dance offs, trivia Q and A, limbo contests, and tons of physical challenges went down. No mustache drawing contest this year, which is usually my favorite, but it’s all good. Especially since even if you suck at dancing, singing, rapping, and aren’t flexible at all, you still got a goody bag for trying.

Group Effect lived up to and blew away all the hype that built up over the year.

In between all this madness Exit was proud to host the world premiere of one of this season’s most heavily anticipated movies, Skeleton Crew’s Group Effect. From the reaction of the over-capacity crowd, I can only assume that everyone agreed that Group Effect lived up to and blew away all the hype that built up over the year. Its a snowboard movie in it’s rawest form. Over 75 of todays top pros, ams, x-pros, hometown heroes, and industry elite shredding their faces off all over the world. It definitely has something for every snowboard taste and there are no part skippers cause there are no parts. Just edgy snowboarding to a sick soundtrack with some serious hi-jinx mixed in. Not to mention a nasty crash section that made everyone’s grill hurt.

When asked what it was all about, Skeleton Crew front man Evan LeFebvre said, “We just wanted to make a movie with all of our friends. A way for all the homies from different crews to do something together. It also gave us a chance to show off stuff from up and coming kids, to help get them out there, get them hooked up.”

Standouts were Josh Dirksen slaying pow in Japan, Nick Dirks and Jed Anderson’s tandem attack at Bear Mtn, and P-town locals Jarad Hadi and Tyler Verigan terminating street rails in Portland during last season’s arctic blast. There’s a zillion more standouts, so go watch the movie and pick your own.

Be on the lookout for Group Effect premieres in SLC and Mammoth in the next few weeks.