The Burton Tour, sponsored by Corona, Amp, Transworld Snowboarding and Snowboard Canada Mag, made its fourth stop in snowboard Mecca, Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6. The action started in front of the Gateway Megaplex at 5:30 with an autograph signing including Burton pro’s Mason Aguirre, Danny Davis, Kevin Pearce, Gabi Vitteri, and Utah’s very own Jeremy Jones.
The opening shot was a helicopter’s POV of a one hundred foot “B” made completely out of snow, consisting of a huge booter sending riders over the giant letter, a few hips, a quarter pipe, and two stair sets, one on either side. Justice has been used in a lot of snowboard soundtracks as of late, so it was pretty predictable that they would use a Justice track in the intro to set the tone for the rest of the flick. The first rider’s section for the film was Keegan Valaika, and for damn good reason. Even at the youthful age of nineteen, the style and dexterity of Keegan’s riding in this film suggest he is just as talented as his older, more seasoned peers. In other words, he excels in physical skill and has more or less mastered the ancient art of snowboarding. In one of his shots at rail gardens right here in good ol’ SLC, he 50-50’s the last handrail. Just to put that into better perspective, imagine a down-flat-down handrail with knobs on the first “down” and the “flat” doesn’t exist.
Say what you will about Shaun White because I’m going to say that he is probably one of the most bad-ass half pipe riders on a snowboard today. Burton must think so as well since 100% of his section was shot in his own personal half pipe, nestled up somewhere deep in the mountains near Silverton, CO, foam pit and all. I feel like all that needs to be said about his section is “double cork to fakie”, but for those of you who aren’t as well-read in shred vernacular, a double cork is a spin where the snowboarder spins off-axis two separate times during the course of the spin. That trick is hard enough to do off a back-country booter, I can only imagine the guts and pure talent it takes to pull it off in a half pipe.
Ultimately, I don’t really have anything bad to say about the film. Some snowboard films get a little hard to watch toward the end. Not true with this one. The snowboarding was creative, the cinematography was attention-grabbing, and the soundtrack made the film really fun to watch.