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Czeched Out: Roaming The Streets of Central Europe with Vans Snowboarding

Vans is on the verge of releasing their first-ever full-length snowboard film, LANDLINE., and while we wait for the January 2018 full movie release date, photographer Cole Martin has been releasing photo essays of the crew’s time spent in the streets. Originally published in our December 2017 issue, check back in with the famed lensman and his documentation of Ojo, Rav, Kuzyk, Danimals, Urban, and Mathes during their time in Germany and Czech Rebuplic for the making of LANDLINE..

Featuring quotes from Danimals, Mike Rav, and Cole Navin. All photos by Cole Martin. 


Danimals // Germany // PHOTO: Cole Martin

"Originally, Dillon Ojo, Benny Urban, Danimals, Harry Hagan, Cole Martin and myself, were in Germany while the other crew was in Bulgaria. When our crew arrived in Czech, we let the other guys know how good the snow was. They were leaving Bulgaria and decided to switch their flights to come meet up with us instead of going home. Tanner Pendleton also flew out to meet up. Shortly after we sent the signal, we had a massive crew all staying in one hotel in Czech."- Cole Navin

Cole Navin // Germany // PHOTO: Cole Martin

Sam Taxwood // Czech Republic // PHOTO: Cole Martin

Danimals // Germany // PHOTO: Cole Martin

"Benny helped us out a lot. We even got to hit a few more spots because he was able to explain to people in their native language why we were there and what we were doing. Thanks, Benny." -- Dan Liedahl

Benny Urban // Germany // PHOTO: Cole Martin

Cole Navin // Czech Republic // PHOTO: Cole Martin

"The Czech Republic was a roller coaster of events. People were just showing up out of thin air to help us when we needed it, whether it was Simon helping us with spots and inspiration, a random whiskey-giving friend helping us with a foreign hospital experience, angry old ladies, or a Czech opera singer. All of these things just fell into place perfectly. The Czech will always hold a dear place in my heart. Dekuji. " -- Mike Rav

Cole Navin // Germany // PHOTO: Cole Martin

Danimals and Dillon Ojo // Germany // PHOTO: Cole Martin

Cole Navin, Harry Hagan, Dillon Ojo, and Benny Urban // Germany // PHOTO: Cole Martin

"In a way, Germany felt surprisingly similar to home. I've been to parts of the US that have greater cultural differences than what I felt in Germany. Czech was a bit different. In both places, people were generally kind. We ran into some really helpful and supportive people in Czech. They weren't as surprised by what we were doing as I would have expected and took kindly to our presence. "- Cole Navin

The VanLine. // Germany // PHOTO: Cole Martin

Darrell Mathes // Czech Republic // PHOTO: Cole Martin

Dillon Ojo // Germany // PHOTO: Cole Martin

Benny Urban // Germany // PHOTO: Cole Martin

Benny Urban // Germany // PHOTO: Cole Martin

Jake Kuzyk // Czech Republic // PHOTO: Cole Martin

Jake Kuzyk // Czech Republic // PHOTO: Cole Martin

"This spot involved a ton of preparation and traffic control. We had to physically push some parked cars on ice in order to make room for Jake to land. It was a major operation and super chaotic."-- Cole Navin

Danimals // Germany // PHOTO: Cole Martin

Danimals // Germany // PHOTO: Cole Martin

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