2.20.2007: With three full time filmers searching the globe for snow, and a three-song teaser already released, the Rome SDS has been busy since November working on a full-length shred movie to be released in August-Any Means, by Kids on Shred Productions. Mix in some contests, the Vegas trade show, a cross-country drive, breaking in a new team Flophouse in Tahoe, and an extremely unpredictable snow year; and you get a season where Rome’s team riders have been bouncing around all over the place.
Bjorn Leines has been cruising between Colorado and Utah for some pow jumps and wall jibs. He’s also been managing to jet to Vegas and Europe’s ISPO trades show for Celtek. Just prior to Vegas, BJ nabbed the anniversary cover of Transworld Snowboarding, so we’re all really stoked for him on that.
Max Legend spent the majority of the early season racking up a big bag of bangers in Eastern Canada-check the teasers. He left before every other film crew cruised up there, but fell victim to a series of injuries in Pennsylvania and Tahoe that have had him posted up at Tahoe Flophouse trying to rehab both his back and elbow.
Marius Otterstad and Jesse Fox have both been chasing the Whistler snow pretty hard. Between backcountry jumps and jibs, to several trips to the interior and the States, these two have been logging some serious hours on their trucks and sleds. Marius tweaked his ankle a bit, but used his down time to purchase a new house in Salt Lake City.
Marie-France Roy has been very busy. Between filming rails in Canada, to heading to China with Oakley, Marie has been logging more travel time than almost anyone on the team. MFR has been hitting the contest scene pretty hard as well and definitely getting her days in front of the camera for the Rome movie.
Jonaven Moore has been off to a great start, taking full advantage of the good snow in the interior BC region, as well as getting to work with film vet and Rome staff filmer Gary Pendygrass. Look forward to unique lines, good snow, and serious steeps from Jonaven. On a side note, Gary took a break from filming to ride in the Mt Baker Banked Slalom, where he finished tenth in the Pro Master division and beat his brother Dano.
Casey Neefus got banged up a bit while he was in Canada, but he’s managed to heal up pretty well. Now he’s been cruising between Whistler and Montana, as well as making sure to pop in from time to time on the Flophouse in Tahoe.
LNP and Yan Dofin have been on a mission this season. These two have packed a one two punch of rail tricks that will no doubt have everyone scratching theirs heads next winter. They started out early season by spending a month wrecking just about every spot in Eastern Canada. Next it was on to the States where the two hit up Red Mtn Pass Colorado before heading on to Tahoe. LNP is now back in Whistler cruising around on his sled, while Yan has been hitting up some secret rail spots in the greater Chicago area.
Brendan Hayes has been filming with Casey in Montana as well as meeting up with Yan for some railing. He’s also been hard at work filming with the Midwest’s Autumn Line crew.
Our favorite Finn Jussi Tarvainen has had a rough start to the year. He blew out his knee in the fall while riding one of Japan’s snow domes, but have no fear, Jussi has almost made a full recovery from surgery and he claims he’s just about ready to start shredding. He should be ready to film spring kickers and park booters before you know it.
That’s about it from the team side of things here at Rome. The regional AmArmy has been hard at work as well, meeting up with pros and logging shots for the movie. Check out the teasers for Any Means at www.romesnowboards.com/anymeansand look for the full-length movie coming this fall.