Last night, Burton Snowboards premiered their new film, “13.” Problem was, there were two showings on the same night…across the country. So, SNOWBOARDER Senior Editor Tom “T. Bird” Monterosso headed up to Newport Beach, California while Online Video Producer John Cavan hopped a red eye to New York City to report back from the East Coast. Read below to see what T. Bird and Cavan had to say, as they cover two coasts with two takes on “13.”
Cavan: “Yo Boston….The Red Sox suck!” This was literally the first thing that was said to me after touching down in NYC. I was a bit jet-lagged flying from California and had forgotten that I was wearing my Sox hat, so the smiling baggage handler that was overly proud of himself for hurling the insult was probably in the right, but whatever. I was stoked to fly here to see Burton’s new movie “13,” but not to listen to his dumb shit.
T. Bird: Well, in Newport Beach, CA there didn’t seem to be much of an allegiance to any sports team, Cavan. However, when we arrived at the legendary Lido Theater located just off the main drag, there were about 150 people waiting to get in to check out Burton’s latest release. Industry-ites, pro riders that were in the area, and fans alike were wrapped around the block drinking brown-bagged beers and chattering in anticipation. I arrived with the rest of the SNOWBOARDER staff (except for you of course, because you’re in New York City), and we took our seats.
Cavan: Thanks, Tom. Speaking of the title of the new Burton movie, “13” there were way more than 13 Burton employees serving free beer at their flagship store in Soho while way more than 13 people waited in line to get autographs from pros like Ethan Deiss, Mark Sollors, Mikey Rencz, and oh yeah, that guy that totally has been pro for more than 13 years for Burton, Terje Haakonsen. The man who puts the Burton in Burton, (Jake) was also there to kick it off and launch the new movie as well as directors David Tindale and Jeremy Pettit and filmer Corey Koniniec. After way more than 13 hip hop/dubstep tracks the lights flickered and it was time to start the movie…actually, it’s fashion week in NYC so it was time to launch some sort of fashion show that would stoke out the New Yorkers in attendance. Oh yeah, and we were in some crazy old school church lit with eerie red lights that created a presence as if something illicit was about to go down. Bird, an evil looking church in Soho with weird red lights and an open bar…what you got on that?
T. Bird: Well John, though we weren’t in a church, the packed house at the Lido Theater were worshipping the likes of John Jackson, Jack Mitrani, Zak Hale, and more who walked around and worked the crowd before the film started as Bryan Knox took the stage to thank all the filmers, photographers, and riders who helped make this monumental movie possible. There wasn’t an empty seat in the house as the lights dimmed and the sound of a few more road sodas was intermingled with cheers from the crowd as the opening credits of “13” began to roll
Cavan: As the old New York church creeked and swayed to the pulsating bodies of way more than 13 ecstatic fans the movie started on the two giant screens on the old church’s alter.
T. Bird: Two screens?
T. Bird: Damn.
Cavan: After a freakish fury of intro shots, the movie kicked off with none other than Mikkel Bang. Mikkel has grown up on Burton and over the last couple of years he’s made the jump from kid sensation to hardened superstar and this part solidifies that super stardom. The Frend shows the world in this part why he is one of Burton’s number one riders with crazy transfers between trees, deep pow negotiations, A Hollwood kicker assault in Whistler, and then a barrage of double corks. The crowd went batshit crazy for this part and rightfully so, it’ll probably be in the mix for most memorable of the year.
T. Bird: Funny you say that because everyone in attendance were going nuts for Mikkel’s part, too. I for one had to place my beer in the cupholder next to my seat because I got sick of placing it down so I could applaud at every trick. You’re right. Mikkel has graduated from an amateur wünderkid and now sits atop the Burton roster (and his peer group) as one of the best all-around snowboarders on the planet. Personally, my favorite part of his…um, part, was the three consecutive tree jib shots. That was some Gigi Rüf-style sessioning, and then to finish off his part with park jumping like Mikkel did, he’s definitely cemented himself within the elite.
Cavan: Next up it was a session on a mega jump at Heavenly. As a filmer, I’d like to take this time to say one thing: This movie doesn’t have is 13 shaky frames a second. Seriously, most movies you see these days look like they were filmed by Courtney Love on a Sunday, but the Burton guys have spent the money to make sure all of the footy is solid as can be and looking top-notch. From Steadicams to really vibrant poppy colors, the production quality is next-level, which is why when Seppi Smits, Peetu Piiroinen, and Mark McMorris absolutely destroy this kicker there is no debating that this crew is the best bunch of park riders in the world, And Mark comes through with a line of tricks to end the part that starts with a double backy, and leads into several double cork variations, capping it off with a triple cork.
T. Bird: Agreed. Mark is arguably the best park jumper in the world, and Peetu and Seppe aren’t far behind the teenage sensation. Lest we forget Danny Davis and Mikkel in that session too, John. I could watch those two guys hit park jumps all day long. I liked the fact that Mikkel’s jump shots weren’t in his part and that the filmers saved the shots for the montage. It came across as a fun session filled with tricks that 99% of the snowboarding population can’t do, which is hard to accomplish. The filmers and editors of “13” did a great job making such gnarly footage also seem relatable and entertaining.
Cavan: For me the most entertaining part of the night came from none other than your Nordic friend, T. Bird…the legend himself, Terje. In fact, the crowd was yelling so loud when his name appeared on the screen that you could have probably heard it over in Hollywood…or wherever it is you’re at.
T. Bird: Newport Beach, John.
Cavan: Yeah, Newport Beach. Regardless, no other rider consistently looks like he is surfing snow more than Terje. His timeless ability to fool everyone and turn where you least expect it is what makes me and probably most of the world love to watch him snowboard. And let’s face it, it’s what a lot of us strive to do when we’re riding. Once again, Burton mixes heli angles with POV angles to capture Terje’s mountain wizardry and they let the speed at which he cruises the mountain really show, which is incredibly important. Terje darts across faces using every nook and cranny to paint his way down the mountain. There was a super hairball line in his part as well another timeless POV method that had the crowd going crazy. Terje is still clearly the king of his world. This part segues into John Jackson explaining how stoked he was to get to shred with Terje and then transitions full-on into John going large in the Whistler backcountry. Although he may have gotten hurt this winter you’d never know it from the wide array of shots found in his part.
T. Bird: Dude, John J’s part was absolutely incredible. When John makes his appearance toward the end of Terje’s part, I was fully convinced that we’d only get a small taste of his winter due to injury, but then when his name came across the screen and his full part kicked into gear, the crowd went wild. The interesting thing about John J is that he’s innately and incredibly talented and because of that skill, he has no inhibitions when he snowboards. It’s that Travis Rice factor. Because he’s so good, I truly believe that he thinks he can do anything he wants, and from what I regularly see from John, he can. His final few shots are some of the biggest backcountry clips I’ve seen in recent memory and the audience most definitely agreed with me last night. If John put together a part this insane in a winter where he got broke off, I can’t even imagine what he’s gonna put out next year.
Cavan: Burton should have thought about adding the word “Winch” to the starring credits ’cause that thing stars in Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss’s part, hucking them into more redirects and transfers than you can comprehend. They should play this part for young architects in design school as any type of shreddable angle on an urban feature is utilized. Great part from both of these guys.
T. Bird: You can tell that the time these two are spending in the streets with legends like Jeremy Jones is paying off. In one season, these two have gone from promising young upstarts to full-fledged video part producers. You can see it in the minute details of their part. From Ethan’s proper 270s, squared up front boards to Zak dipping the nose of his boardslide on a massive closeout, these two are performing like true professionals, and I hope they keep riding together in the years to come. Their part was fast-paced and super fun to watch.
Cavan: How were the drinks at your premiere Tom? I’m pretty hyped on the whole Pabst in the can thing here.
T. Bird: We brought our own, and they were refreshing.
Cavan: How about Burton’s nod to Powell Peralta’s “Animal Chin” ramp in their “Peace Pipe” section? It’s seriously all-time. I’ll leave it as a bit of a mystery but it looks like someone at Burton found all those crazy sketches you made when you were a kid sitting in class doodling crazy combinations of trannies, rails, and hips when you should have been paying attention to your teacher. This part was one of the highlights of the movie for me, and again without giving too much away, Danny Davis shows everyone that he’s back in a big way.
T. Bird: All I’m gonna say is that Jack Mitrani goes atmospherically huge on a frontside hip while Danny Davis handplants underneath, Mark McMorris does a double cork on transition, and Terje kicks out a lot of methods. It was an amazing part.
Cavan: One thing that needs to be mentioned at this point is the number of big jumps Burton has put together in this movie. While it seems like everyone was crying about a lack of snow last winter, that clearly wasn’t the case in Whistler. Mark Sollors and Jussi Oksanen both come through with parts that are filled with deep pow, big jumps, and effortless riding. Sollors shreds what looks to be the deep northern interior of BC while it’s dumping, which gives the footage a misty quality that makes you want to ride right then and there. He also has a section of rails that should remind everyone that he is one of the most diverse and well-rounded riders in snowboarding. Again, he and Jussi put the big in big mountain freestyle with huge step downs and large cliffs. What can you say about Jussi that hasn’t been said already, Tom? The guy has put out timeless video parts and this one is no different. He does just about every butter variation to huge step down you can do. Both of these guys killed it. I think I may have seen all four doubles at the end of Jussi’s part. Tom did you see that, or am I in fact seeing double.
T. Bird: Cavan, you know that I appreciate a good pun. Nice one. I did see that, and I wasn’t at all surprised by it. Jussi is a living legend. Yeah, I said it. To be able to put out as many parts as Jussi has over the past decade and to still be capable of riding at the level that he does is reason enough to put him in that category. Sollors had my favorite part, I think. He’s so well-rounded and so fluid. I love watching that dude ride, and I loved Jussi and Mark’s sections, but I must say–and maybe it’s because of the second teaser that Burton put out–I was most anticipating Jeremy’s part. As a kid growing up under his influence, I’ve always been a huge fan of Jeremy and any time he puts a part together, you know it’s going to be incredible. I was hyped when Jeremy’s name hit the screen.
Cavan: Yes, and then there is Jeremy Jones. Jeremy literally pioneered the jib craze that is rampant in snowboarding today. He constantly reinvents his riding year in and year out. After all he’s done in snowboarding, it would be very easy for him to go out and film a few tricks and call it good each year, but this isn’t the case. This video part is an absolute must-see and what puts it high on his list of parts from over the years is I feel that this year everything he’s doing is so big. From his redirects to wallrides and a unique wall-to-pole slide, I kept catching myself shaking my head at how large the gap was or how far out he had to go before he cleared a fence, or how far down he would drop past the ledge he redirecting from. Jeremy is a boss, and every jib kid out there should put this part into heavy rotation this year. He clearly shows no signs of slowing down and really seems to be stepping things up…literally.
T. Bird: I couldn’t agree more, Cavan. Jeremy is an icon, and for damn good reason. Aside from the massive shit that Jeremy stepped to, he also took a creative approach to some new features with McTwists and wallride underflips, and that’s what is so rad about his riding. It’s heavy, huge, and diverse as hell. Well into his thirties, Jeremy Jones is still putting out parts that could win X Games Real Snow. Seriously. His part was incredible. But it wasn’t over yet. Who had the ender, Cavan?
Cavan: Mikey Rencz. Again, I don’t want to give too much away Tom, but for me this double song ender solidifies Mikey’s place in snowboarding. He is an absolute beast in the backcountry. There is gonna be one hell of a party in Whistler when this thing premieres there ’cause Mikey does Canada proud. Much like his obvious influence Devun Walsh, he goes giant but with ill style. From huge tens to planting the top of a tree to a giant front seven off the Chief jump, Mikey’s part has it all and is the obvious closer to this film.
T. Bird: And when those closing credits came on, I could hear people in the Lido Theater talking about how insane Mikey’s part was. It wrapped up an unbelievable Burton movie. They did it again.
Cavan: I agree. The movie is unreal. It has way more than 13 feet of snow in it, way more than 13 bangers, 13 new spots, 13 rails, it has a lot of hype, and it lives up to it, as “13” is a shred film that more than passes the ultimate, “Do you wanna watch this before you go shredding” test. I was honestly skeptical when I saw the “ A video of an iconic year” tag, but after seeing the movie it certainly was. It’s amazing that they packed in that many crazy video parts into one movie. You’ll want to watch the credits for something special, but ultimately, you’ll wanna watch this again and again way more than 13 times. I liked the film so much that I Instagrammed 13 times more than you did during the premiere. I didn’t see you post anything.
T. Bird: Damn you, Cavan.
Cavan: Man, I wanna see Terje’s method again.
T. Bird: I wanna watch Mikkel’s tree shots again.
Cavan: And Jussi’s butters.
T. Bird: And Peetu’s front seven off the toes.
Cavan: And the Peace Pipe section.
T. Bird: And Mikey’s massive Whistler jump shots.
Cavan: And Jeremy’s transfers.
T. Bird: And Zak and Ethan’s tech rail tricks.
Cavan: I just wanna see the movie again.
T. Bird: Me too. I got a copy. Wanna go watch it in the conference room?