Mayday marks Videograsses sixth video entry into the annals of snowboard film history. They’ve had their ups and downs through the last few years much like the rest of the other snowboard movie production companies. While some might speculate the end is near they’ve taken this as their mantra “If this ship is sinking we are going down with it. If not, we will ride it out!”
Videograss to me marked something new in snowboarding, their freshman offering to this day still gets high repeat in my life as one of the best movies to represent the current crop of snowboarding. Mayday does not repeat that magic. It’s not that the filming or quality of riding suffers, it’s that it just seems so formulaic now. Sure there’s new spots and even new tricks on some old ones, but what you get is a movie you put on and use as background noise. I’ve sat through it at least five times and while I can enjoy bits and pieces I don’t find that draw to drop what I’m doing and become inspired to ride.
For the diehard snowboarder and VG lover I would say pick up a copy and watch it, but for the person who looks for one or two movies to buy for the year this is a pass. Perhaps the ship has sunk or maybe it’s time to take it into port and change it from a luxury cruise into a Sammy Hagar Cabo Wabo inspired rock fest, props if you get that analogy.
The whose who of the Videograss family:
Chris Grenier, Chris Bradshaw, Danimals, Danny Larsen, Darrell Mathes, Gus Engle, Jake Kuzyk, Jake Olson-Elm, Joe Sexton, Jonah Owen, Justin Bennee, Justin Fronius, Nick Dirks, Zac Marben, and more.
Bonuses: Everyone loves a little extra, I mean that’s why diabetes is so prevalent, but that’s another story. This film is loaded with extras you get a look at the House of 1817 in Hood, extra footage, follow cams, other edits they dropped throughout the year filming for this. Basically it’s stacked with a lot of fun little extras for those that want it.