The “Welcome:” series from adidas Snowboarding is a perfect example of what good filmmaking is all about, honesty. From the first piece featuring Jake Blauvelt I knew this was going to be an exercise in truth, not just an extended commercial for adidas. It’s no surprise seeing as adidas has always had top notch skateboard content and a carefully cultivated team. I’m just happy that eye for special talent and individuality crossed over to their snowboard program.
It’s been nearly 11 years since I first met Kazu and having watched him transition from a quiet contest kid to one of the truly elite riders in snowboarding has been something very special indeed. I knew the stories of Jake, Eric, Forest and Keegan before watching their pieces and while that didn’t make them any less enjoyable, it did in some ways spoil “the moment”.
Though Kazu is a friend, I’ve never quizzed him on what makes him tick or the details of his childhood. Perhaps it is for that reason that Kazu’s piece is my favorite of the series. He grew up on the other side of the world but for some reason I’ve always felt a certain kinship with the guy and now I know why. If you think about it, a small town in Japan is not so different than a small town in Vermont. People work hard, value nature and a-lot of them drive Subarus. Hokkaido may as well be Japan’s New England, how’s that for an incredibly bold statement with no academic reinforcement?
All the cultural differences, the language barrier, they’re of little consequence when it comes to snowboarding because in snowboarding style speaks louder than words and Kazu has always had it in spades. Flipping of judges, straight-lining the pipe, refusing to conform to a clothing standard, that’s Kazu’s style, real, honest style and it’s something snowboarding can’t get enough of.
December 16, 2013 in Uncategorized, YES! That's Awesome
Tagged adidas snowboarding, hokkaido, Jake Blauvelt, Japan, Kazu Kokubo, snowboard video, Snowboarding, transworld snowboarding, vermont
Fifteen years ago Amy Poehler and three young gentlemen founded New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade. What you see above is just one of 30 “Poehleroids”. The photos were taken as makeup tests for their sketch show which ran three seasons on Comedy Central. What I would give to see Poehler resurrect each of the 30 characters especially the old man you see above. Click the pic to check out the slide show. Herpe girl & little brat are two of my other favorites.
Yeah it’s awesome that they actually made it but what’s sad is there’s a whole generation of little fat kids who won’t get why it’s funny. At least all the seasons of SNL are available on Netflix and if you don’t have Netflix(how’s life under that rock?) here’s why this is awesome.
Click the pic for more info about Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls…
Classic photographs re-created with Legos. I want a few of these framed on my wall. Click the pic to view more.
What you want fo Christmas foo?! To which Nancy Reagan replied, “my husband to remember my name”. Bad style? Eh, Reagan never meant shit to me.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a YES! That’s Awesome post so I knew that the first one back really had to be something special. I think a photo of Alice Cooper drinking with the chicken man himself, Colonel Sanders, qualifies as being pretty special.
Not only is it awesome, it’s just so damn true. I love New York.
Psyched for an all new South Park tonight. They’ve all been stellar so far this season and heavily featuring Cartman, who after to Randy Marsh, is my favorite character on the show.
One day this ride shall be mine. Hopefully I can find one with the Burt Reynolds option included.
I believe it.