Live music, free swag giveaways, big screen showings of all the biggest new snowboard films, free tattoos, all the favorite snowboard brands and a three-feature rail jam all in the heart of Denver, Colorado. What better way to get hyped for this upcoming snowboard season than attending the 2015 Snowboard on the Block film festival?
Sponsored by the Enthusiast Network, On Sept.12 over 4,000 people filtered through the gates of this season’s big kickoff event according to Snowboarder Magazine’s online editor Mary Walsh.
From 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 16 different films featured on three big screens. Some of the most anticipated films were “Déjà vu,” “Video Gracias,” Snowboarder Magazine’s feature film “FSD” and Transworld Magazine’s film “Origins.”
The most attended event during the day was a rail jam put on by Vans. The scaffolding slope was a mere 25 feet wide and 40 feet long and somehow managed to hold three rail obstacles, a 20-foot double slide, an 8-foot flat tube and a 20-foot donkey dick drop rail. Twenty of the industry’s most acknowledged rail riders competed in the 85 degree temperatures as the fake snow quickly melted down to asphalt. After the event was over, Denver local, Dylan Allito, was awarded first place and walked away with $2,000.
After the rail jam, the crowd dispersed to check out the company booths and vendors, listen to live music performances and watch this year’s newest movies premier for the first time. While attendants made their way around the festival grounds, companies and boarders drank and socialized as the sun fell past the cityscape’s horizon.
“This event is a great opportunity for companies to network and hang out. It’s a good time to catch up with friends and to hear about plans for the upcoming season,” said Smokin Jay, the owner of local Reno-based snowboard company, Smokin Snowboards.
Former SNC student Tommy Gesme attended the event to visit friends and watch Video Gracias, the video he was filming for all last winter produced by Video Grass.
“It was pretty insane seeing myself up on the big screen with all these other riders I’ve always looked up to growing up snowboarding,” Gesme said.
Gesme has been quickly moving up in the industry over the past three years. After winning Hot Dawgs and Hand Rails two years ago he has produced two highly looked upon video parts. Last year, he was nominated for rookie of the year by Snowboarder Magazine.
“I never expected to get to this point, but now that I’m here it’s really awesome to see what other riders are doing and to party and celebrate with all of the homies,” Gesme said.
After the final premier was over, the festival began to thin out and people made their way to the after party that was a short walk away. DJ Matty Mo kept energy levels high as the night turned to morning queuing the wrap to the third Snowboard on the Block festival.