A week before ASR, DC co-founder, Ken Block invited the TransWorld crew to his estate in the hills of Encinitas, California for the pre-premiere of The DC Mountain Lab Video. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, and you’re not knowing about DC’s Mountain Lab, it’s a research and development facility tucked away just outside of Park City, in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. The Mountain Lab is the snow version of a skateboarder’s personal TF (training facility).
“The Mtn. Lab has been such a great asset for DC and there are so many stories that have come out of there, said Ken. “So we decided to capture it all on film and create a video that represents what goes on there on a daily basis. We couldn’t have found a better person to document the fun than Pierre Wikberg. His style and success with his past videos (Robot Food’s Afterbang, Lame, and Afterlame) made him the obvious choice because we wanted something that could showcase our riders’ talents but also could show how much fun can be had at the Lab. Pierre exceeded my expectations for this project. That’s saying a lot if you know me and DC! Thanks, Pierre!
We watched the movie from the luxury of Ken’s living room with a small group of DC and TW employees, ate a delicious home-cooked meal thanks to Mrs. Block, and had some drinks—it was a good time. The movie is about thirty minutes long, and it’s a great, solid thirty minutes—not too long, not too short, just right. This isn’t a traditional “part movie, it’s more relaxed, young and fun—example: Travis Parker’s Hula-Hoop section. The flick has parts from the entire DC squad, including The Trice, Todd Richards, Travis Parker, Devun Walsh, Bjorn Leines, Eddie Wall, Simon Chamberlain, Jake Welch, Priscilla Levac and features cameo spots from Renee Renee, Sal Masakela and Big Black. The DC Mtn. Lab Video will hit shops late September 2005, and it’s priced at $29.99.
The sky is pretty much the limit at the Lab and they can do just about anything they want—example: snow run-in through the living room into a box being held up by a crane off the second story of the Mountain Lab. They also mix it up with trips into the Utah backcountry, Montana, Tahoe, and Colorado. As an added bonus, the video’s packaging includes a 120-page full-color book with photos and stories gathered throughout the Lab’s existence.
Photo Editor Nick Hamilton may have had one too many drinks throughout the affair, and did an almost-front-flip into the pool off the second story afterward, landed on his back, and had to walk around the side yard as to keep Ken’s pimp crib dry. If that’s not enough, Senior Editor, Cody Dresser got busted for sneaking into Ken’s personal gym and doing decline sets before the movie. The ender-ender of the night was when DC TM/Snow product development specialist Brian Botts hopped on his Kawasaki Ninja and did a stand up wheelie all the way to the Pacific Coast Highway—snap!
Check out the slideshow, and The Dc Mtn. Lab teaser!