In an age where we consume our snowboarding content in mass quantities it has made it both easier and harder to digest. You have the ability to watch anything and everything, but you also forget the stand outs. The Westbury brothers hail from Canada, ride for Salomon, and film with a little crew called SRD. They’re young, hungry, and have found a way to make filming in the streets their own. To give more insight into themselves and their snowboarding we gave them a quick interview to accompany their latest visual offering.
Who were the principle filmers and whom did the editing for this?
JJ: The filmers are the other guys who we rode and filmed with for SRD Volume Three! We don’t have an official filmer on board yet unfortunately so we just take turns! Finn edited this. He edits most of the videos we put out.
Out of the two of you who took the worst slam of the year filming for this project?
Finn: Definitely JJ! He had two slams that stand out to me as being far worse then anything that I had to pleasure of putting myself through.
You guys hit some interesting spots for this, when you and the rest of the SRD crew are out and looking for spots, how hard is it to find locations that haven’t been fully utilized and what do you look for out of an urban spot to get the trick?
Finn: Thanks! I think having connections with locals is a huge help. They know all the good zones and whats played out and whats not. Without a solid connection it can be a serious struggle. Just driving around looking for promising parts of whatever city we are filming in gets old eventually. I feel like we only hit a handful of rails that haven’t been hit before, so that’s something we are aiming to change when we go out and film for our next movie this winter.
JJ: I think the biggest thing we look for in a spot is if it will look good on film. If it will, then we think about how possible it will be to get tricks on it.
Salomon is putting a small push behind this re-edit from you two while snowboarding is in the midst of a debate over how we consume our content in regards to online vs more analog. As riders who have released a few online videos and parts what is your opinion on the current state of how we consume snowboarding?
JJ: That’s a hard question to answer! There are definitely pro’s and con’s of how people can view snowboarding currently. With all the online content, it is extremely easy to watch as many snowboarding video’s as you need to tide yourself over until the next time you can strap in yourself. It also makes it easier to keep up to date with what all the homies are doing, which is always cool. That being said, there is nothing better than actually owning the hard copy of a snowboard movie and watching it as many times as you can, so we definitely don’t want to lose that to online videos.
Finn: JJ pretty much nailed it. Having some of the best snowboarding just a click away is awesome. I can watch videos on my phone anywhere. Snowboarding is just that much more accessible, which is a great thing.
I’m big on product reviews and in this edit you guys rode various Salomon decks from the Sabotage, Craft, and others. All of which are great boards in my opinion and suitable to various conditions. Do either of you have a preference for what decks you’re riding and why?
JJ: Neither of us have a super strong preference, but both would prefer a medium flex camber board a sintered base. We both like to try stuff we haven’t ridden before though, so if it doesn’t fit those aspects, we aren’t worried about it!
Finn: Right now, we both ride Villains. I’ve been riding the normal one and JJ’s been ripping the Classicks version. All the tech behind the Villain is good stuff. Throw some Districts on it and you’ve got in made.
Thanks and shout outs?
Jordan Hall, Kevin Stevenson, Greg Covello, SRD, ROB, Jenna at Quiksilver, Jay and Joey at Western Front Sales, Sam at Shredz Shop, and everyone who helps us out!