For all you involved European snowboarders out there, the last couple of weeks have been rough. Starting off three weeks ago at the Rock A Rail, you probably haven’t had a moments rest: Octoberfest, Hintertux Opening, The Reels Festival, and after barely enough time to get on top of your shit, it was time for Frontline Railjam.
What’s probably even rougher than this partyspree is the current economy. Nobody wants to read to much bullshit about that I reckon but we gotta give Kareem El Raffee the props he deserves for putting together another edition of probably the oldest rail battle in the game. Budgets were tight, but considering this event once started off as a guerrilla style comp where a bunch of friends just showed up in the middle of Stockholm with some snow and a rail and started sessioning it without any permits or anything, we didn’t expect any less present day.
Our usual crew kind of shifted around since Cees Wille was still stuck with stitches after he got cut open for his crash during Rock A Rail. This year, Rachida Aoulad, Max De Vries and Kas Lemmens hopped into GV’s truck, we loaded up one of his GVconstruction’s winches for Kareem and were on our way.
The loading part takes up most of G’s truck so driving for 16 hours can get kind of crampy. Luckily we were able to set up a nice dinnertable with some swedish meatballs and cokes to enjoy our drive a bit more.
Another feature is that this car drives on LPG, which in Sweden is pretty hard to come by. This right here was one of the few gas stations that helped us back on the road. When we got there the place was just deserted but just when we were about to give up this guy came up to us on his bike and pulled a hose out of this container.
Enough about G’s truck tho, time for some Stockholm adventures. The weather was looking good and it didn’t take to long to find the hotel. Unfortunately, after a 16 hour drive, we didn’t have much time to settle in since we had to rush to the pre-party spot to set up for a shared Random Bastards / Postland Theory premiere night with free bites for invited Railjammers.
After dinner the restaurant pulled all the tables to the side and turned the basement room into a small cinema for the Periscoping screening. Still not sure if the chairs were the best idea but as you can see it was pretty packed and people in Sweden were down with the Theory.
Some break time until the Random Bastards film and things already started to get weird. LA River bossman Stephen Carballo here going Swedish on the dancefloor with Russian snowboard prodigy Denis Leontyev
Some mamamita’s looking for nigherita’s
The restaurant manager cleverly saved his chairs and people were getting more and more hyped. Daggers is RB’s latest and it’s definitely the best movie they’ve made so far so you better do the research and find a premiere near you. People here feeling the vibe while me and Chefovic supply the additional sound effects in the form of sampled gunshots, apologies for the annoyance.
Double G productions reppin that Sausice-side of things.
Emotions started running high.
Trainspotters slash RB Soundsystem got on the mic and got the party going.
Bataleon / LA River homie Simon Houlind busts a quick Tre on the dancefloor with Erk and Jonas live on stage.
More dancefloor maneuvres.
Kas Lemmens taking over the mic to say peace out. Definitely felt like a long party when in fact we left home 30 min past midnight. Skipping nights has that effect sometimes. Luckily for us there was a day two with another shot to get our groove on.
- Day two: Rachida Aoulad, Ethan Morgan, Jaeger Bailey and Halldor Helgason ready to keep things rolling.
G was doubting if he should try some frontboards but just decided to get in the judging panel accompanied by Felix Engström and Leo Crawford.
The setup was the same as last year, and it was like everybody was still accustomed to it since we already saw some heavy shit go down during warm up. Here’s Wojtek Pawlusiak laying down a perfect backlip to get the day started.
Kas was definitely excited to start slipping down some tubes.
Glen Jørgensen swaggerboy always ready for a quick shot.
Simon Houlind was definitely in his zone on these rails laying down this backblunt twosev first try. Little disclaimer: you might know I’m usually the one running the film operation but I felt like changing it up for ones. These photo’s are sort of a first effort to capture some snowboarding.
No jokes, Simon was seriously landing everything first try, there’s no denying he landed this backlip.
Karem El Raffee never misses an opportunity laying down a frontboard, even in the chaos of running the whole event.
B/W photography shows my lack of photoskills trying to make up for it in photoshop. Pure enjoyment on Gerben’s face even tho he wasn’t shredding. It’s all about love for the game and staying involved, being stoked for the new kids.
You’re gonna see a lot of photo’s of KasLemmens, here’s the first with a bs180 onto the kinkrail landing backwards.
Jonathan Lindhe, nominated Best Newcomer of the year shows why it’s just. Blunting through the kinker with style and again the black and white filters to cover up the fact that the photo actually failed.
Dylan Alito came over from the states. I guess he liked the rage last year and no doubt caused even more ruckus here and now. More on that later, first this 270 in and out.
By now I realised that for a photo it doesn’t really matter if you do a frontboard, backlip, cab 270 or whatever, they all look the same but trust me when I say that Kas landed all of them.
Jørgensen unbuckles for a backboard.
- Another Kas this time with a frontside noseslide 270 or maybe a switch frontblunt?
Danish Simon Houlind again with proper style on this frontblunt.
Soaking Simon but never let’s his spirit down. Seriously one of the most positive minded people I’ve ever meet.
Not sure if this is the way sequences are supposed to be done but Kas was going for this back 270 to fakie. Didn’t get his board back to switch unfortunately but landed about five to reg ones in the process of trying.
Not sure what was going on at this point.
Judges putting their sheets together counting turfs to see who made it to the finals, during which it was to dark for my setup without flash so I was only able to get like 3 final heat tricks. What you get in the second slice of our Frontline Railjam recap is some second heated action ending with an afterparty.