That Just Happened

The Dirt Star Army presented arms with their new video Let It Happen this week. They released the movie free online to give everyone a chance to see what all the fuss was about. In reviewing this movie I realized that I have some pretty close ties with the riders in the video and maybe my opinion would be tainted in some way. So I decided that my friends would voice their opinion of Let It Happen. The first person that came to mind was a fellow shredder from West Virginia/Utah transplant Ryan Hosfelt. Because Ryan now lives and snowboards in Utah I thought he would be the kind of person the DSA would want to expose mountainboarding to. Here’s what Ryan thought of the video: “As far as being a snowboarder who really has no specific knowledge of mountainboarding or serious interest in the sport, I found “Let it Happen” visually pleasing, interesting, and relatable to snowboarding. Almost every trick in that video could be done on a snowboard somehow; whether it be on a jump or a jib. For example the nose-manual shots across the picnic table reminded me of nosepressing a picnic table on my snowboard…All of the riding seemed good, but take that with a grain of salt because I don’t know how to critique mountainboard tricks.”
Ryan enjoyed the video for the most part and liked how the video showed riding outside of just dirt jumps. I wanted more than just one person’s opinion so I asked another snowboarder and minishred aficionado Cooper Thomas. Coop is seen here showing why I wanted to hear from him.

Method to 50-50 bs 180 out

Method to 50-50 bs 180 out

Coop is a sponsored snowboarder who regularly wins jib contests. Coop has also been the Maryland state downhill mountainbiking champion and has taught mountainboarding at his local ski resort in the summer. Seemed like a proficient background of all things action sports to gain a perspective of the video. Coop’s opinion wasn’t as stoked as Ryan’s.
“Let It Happen did indeed happen and there is no way to return the 20 minutes I lost watching it. The Dirt Star Army team laid waste to all the tinniest mini shred they could get their hands on. Some of the filler was entertaining and creative enough but the movie lacked banger shots that would make me want to re-watch it. The intro looked like an ADHD child was given a camera and told to film scenery. The music seemed like it would fit better to a bar fight than a mountainboard video. The no comply hop around maneuver that was littered throughout the video along with the grinds became so redundant I thought they were the mess ups. Apart from the whole movie looking like it was made in the 90s including the grungy music, I can respect a bunch of guys just trying to make a video and riding to their own beer fueled style but the video was just so unwatchable I barely made it to the end.”
That may sound harsh and very funny, but as I showed the video to more of my friends Coop’s opinion seemed to echo throughout. Most people were either unimpressed, had major problems with the production quality, or both. I myself thought the concept was all right but factoring in the hype with the video, the claims from the director, and the overall quality of Let It Happen I’m giving the movie 1 out of 5 stokens. Honestly, I expected more from the riders. Hopefully next time we’ll really see something worth claiming. In case you missed it watch the movie for yourself here:

Let It Happen from DirtStar_Army on Vimeo.


TheCommodore

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10 Comments

  1. I ride with these guys, so take this with a grain of salt.

    Making a movie is a craft, and you get better at it as time goes on. So, as a first effort, I think DSA did a good job. First tries are never perfect. Shralpdown wasn’t epic either. First times are about figuring out what you can do, the rest is about figuring out what you should do.

    What’s worse though, you seem to take pleasure in seeing people’s negative reaction, and so you end up making this less of a review and more of a personal dig against the DSA crew. You can man up and say *you* didn’t like it, or you can hide behind the skirts of your super-awesome snowboarding-pro buddies. Besides, we all know that mountainboarding isn’t snowboarding and what might be easy on a snowboard can be really hard on an MTB.

    I won’t say that the movie deserved a perfect mark, but there’s no way that giving a 1 out of 5 is anything but axe-grinding.

  2. Your review is without a doubt the most one sided biased piece of garbage I have ever read, for your sake I hope they legalize stem cell research so perhaps when the next video is dropped maybe someone wouldve grown you a pair of balls and you will be capable of stating your own opinion. The video is not perfect neither was shralpdown, but we didnt have a bashing session about how all of one 5 wear pink bandanas, maybe its different in colorado but in Utah “Gay Pride” is only once a year. See you in Kansas
    -Shawn “Dirty D” Dobson

  3. Dirty Dobbs (definition): Perceived to be the ‘original’ or ‘first’ homosexual male, if such a being ever existed. The occasional myth that emerges from closed circles entails that the one Dirty Dobbs ruled over homosexuals in early Mesopotamian times as a deity of sorts and if he still lived today, would be able to control every living gay man with a single thought. Some say that the homosexual ‘essence’ of the Dirty Dobbs was / is the purest of all gays. To this day, it is unknown as to how the Dirty Dobbs actually looked like, although there is much speculation on whether the Dirty Dobbs still lives; locked away in deep slumber. It has also been said that the Dirty Dobbs has no apparent connection with bisexuals or lesbians.
    “Like you said palooka, the Kindred have their Cain and the homos have their Dirty Dobbs”

  4. “CTRL C” “CTRL V” and POOF an unprovoked attack on my sexuallity.. I dont remember talking shit about mountain men so I dont know whats got Paul Bunyon running his mouth I am sorry you feel inadequate because you are stil dicking down Palmela twice a day in your moms basement. While I may not be the best mountainboarder in the world you should know the girls I Fuck with reject you in your best of dreams so if you want to come at me pick a different possibly more relevent angle and try to stay on topic.

    Ps in case you missed the boat on my opening line I was telling you to try writing your own material Bunyon instead of ripping off Urbandictionary.com’s definition of GAYLORD. See http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=gay+lord. Check with the UNCF perhaps they can fund your college education.

  5. You cant ask snowboarders what they think about a mountainboard movie. A 540 on a mtb is wayyy harder than a 540 buttered out on a snowboard. Its two completely diverse sports. This video deserves at least a 3 maybe 4. Good job DSA.

  6. You can ask snowboarders what they think of a mountainboard video, just like you can ask skateboarders what they think of a snowboard video. If a video is truly good, riders from other boardsports will be able to appreciate it. A 540 on a mountainboard is not way harder than a 540 on a snowboard; a buttered out 540, yes, but a straight 540 with little pre-carve, no. Mountainboarding is not as difficult and dangerous as DSA would leave you to believe. The consequences are greater than when snowboarding on features that are relative in size, but even the top five mountainboarders in the world do not go half as big as local snowboarding amateurs. I have taken a few friends that are sponsored amateur and professional snowboarders mountainboarding and two of them, by their second day, rode better than half of competitive mountainboarders. Nobody wants to hear this, I know, but it is the truth.

  7. If you are often injured mountainboarding, you are either making poor decisions, or just not good.

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