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Published on September 18th, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin

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Snowboard on the Block – Recap

First off, all I can say is holy shit what a outstanding event this year! And with every year it just keeps getting bigger and better! This past weekend the 35th and Walnut block in downtown Denver got shut down for one of the biggest snowboard film festival parties in North America. I’m talking about the 3rd annual Snowboard on the Block!!

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We arrived shortly after the gates opened around noon and picked up our press passes and tickets. Come to find out when I picked up the tickets, the cute girl at the ticket booth tossed me 2 for free. I only paid for 1 ticket and ended up with 3! This was a sign that the rest of the day was gonna be nothing but pure awesomeness. Now it was time to meet up with Grimey Gatsby fam, Nate Bozung, and see what’s cracking. Nate is one of the host for this year’s snowboard on the block. We headed up to the judges booth to check out the layout of the rail jam set up from the scaffolding. When we got to the top that’s when we met up with Mc Pump, Matty Mo, Dj Cyn, MFM. Also up top in the booth was Pat Bridges, Frank April and Chad Otterstrom. The judges booth was looking pretty heavy! It was time for the amatuer rail jam to start, and we had the best seats in the house!The winners of this Amateur competition advances to the pro rail competition to face the big boys. Next up was the Van Doren pro jam. The pro jam was stacked with all kinds of talented riders to entertain the crowd and try and win some cash. Riders we saw consisted of Andrew Brewer, Lucas Magoon, Scotty Vine, and many more!

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The first film we had to catch was the new Videograss film “Videogracias.” This film was playing on the Snowboarder Mag mega screen outside.We’ve never missed a Videograss premiere at Snowboard on the Block. Those guys kill it. You can always count on these films being full of shenanigans, jaw dropping video sections and outstanding but yet comical soundtrack to their movies. The next two movies were difficult to see because they were on at the same time, but we managed to squeeze them both in. Plus we had to go say what up to the homies Eddie Wall, Doran Laybourn and Zach Hooper (he was running the Transworld snowboarding theater Reel). We stopped to enjoy the flick from Transworld titled “Origins.” The cinematography in this film was outstanding. We give it a two thumbs up! Had to jump back outside to check out “Déjà Vu Encore.” This crew is so creative and progressing to the next level of snowboarding is ridiculous. The final two films we had to peep out were Absinthe films “Eversince” and last but not least Snowboarder’s infamous movie we’ve been hearing about all summer “SFD.”

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The music section of the Block festival should not be left out that’s for damn sure. This years line up consisted of Ghosts of Glaciers, Colfax Speed Queen, Electric Citizen, Trinidad James, Bobgoblin, Khemmis, Dressy Bessy, Wiredogs, Plum, Muscle Beach, Elder, Talib Kweli and Suicidal Tendencies.We didn’t nearly have enough time for all of them but we made time for Talib Kweli, Suicidal Tendencies and Trinidad James.This is the first time the squad has ever seen Trinidad James live. We got to kick it on stage when James went on, and let me tell you it was quite the show. We chilled to the side with Bozung as we watched Trinidad James, Frank April and Mc Pump throw out free gear and beach balls. This is the second time in a couple months that we have caught Talib Kweli. This time was awesome because the venue was bigger and the atmosphere was more inviting. Suicidal Tendencies closed out the night with a big bang. We hadn’t seen this band in over a couple years. But we can definitely tell you we were not disappointed in the slightest bit.

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We had a blast stumbling the streets of Denver hanging with the homies! Can’t wait to see what this festival brings for the years to come. Definitely one of our favorite events for the whole year. Especially since it gets you pumped for the upcoming snowboard season! See you guys on the slopes this season and at Block ‘16 next year!

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Written & Photos by: Zac Cheek @digitalcriminal

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