Vans: Trickin & Waffles—An Interview with the Landline. Crew

Originally published in the November 2017 issue of SNOWBOARDER Magazine. Go pick up a free copy here!

In recent years, some pundits have claimed that team movies aren’t as impactful as they once were. That skateboarding does it right in that realm, and snowboarding doesn’t. That it’s not worth it from a marketing standpoint to do it. Well, Vans has something to say about that. Two winters ago, Vans employed one of snowboarding’s most talented auteurs, Tanner Pendleton, to curate their first-ever team video, and now, as the film, Landline., is set to be released in just a few short months, heads are certainly talking…and much more so than in recent memory. Not since Travis Rice’s last film, The Fourth Phase, has a snowboard movie been so anticipated in our culture. It’s that plain and simple. It’s also a fact that Tanner and his cadre of filmers and editors—the likes of Jake Price, Harry Hagan and Skylar Brent—seemingly have the weight of the world on their shoulders, and rightly so. But they don’t seem too stressed, because from all accounts that we’ve heard, the riding stacks up to all the hype. Focusing heavily on the resurgence of 16mm film, Landline. is an exploration of over a dozen riders’ approach to riding.

Mike Rav in Michigan during the filming of Landline. p: Cole Martin

From veterans like Darrell Mathes, Bryan Iguchi, Jamie Lynn, Wolle Nyvelt, Jake Kuzyk, Pat Moore and Chris Roach to relative newcomers and soon-to-be superstars like Danimals, Dillon Ojo, Mike Ravelson, Cole Navin, Blake Paul, Arthur Longo and Sam Taxwood, Landline. looks to be one of the most comprehensive portrayals of what is happening in snowboarding in quite some time. Much like they did with Propeller a few years back, their aim was to create a timeless classic and I’m nearly certain that they did, and only time will tell, but judging by the pedigree of the filmers and riders tapped for this Herculean task, it’s safe to say that Landline. will be a game-changer when it comes out. In this feature, Pat Bridges and I sat down in a roundtable discussion with the less-veteran Landline. riders over dinner to talk to them about the last two years of their lives, what it was like being a part of such an anticipated project, how they changed as snowboarders and human beings, influence, expectations and so much more. It’s a meaty one, no doubt, clocking in at just under 12,000 words, so take your time with it. Don’t devour it all in one sitting. And enjoy it, because projects of this magnitude are few-and-far-between in our sport these days, so dig in and don’t be afraid to come back for seconds.

—T. Bird

Sam Taxwood in Michigan. p: Tim Zimmerman

Pat Bridges: How did you guys all get involved with Vans? Like how did you get picked up? Let’s start with Sam.

Sam Taxwood: Well, I worked at the shop in Salt Lake at Milo and I obviously became pretty good homies with the Vans rep. They came to the shop all the time. And then, I think like a couple people randomly just like tagged Kevin on one of my Instagram photos and then we became in contact with eachother and then push came to shove and we just kind of got the ball rolling there. But, yeah, it was kind of a random spur of the moment thing but I pretty much basically started through Milo and the rep Shaun.

Pat: Is Kevin, Kevin Casillo?

Sam: Yeah.

Mike Rav. p: Cole Martin

T. Bird: What about you, Rav?

Mike Rav: My story starts at a Vans Hi-Standard at Loon Mountain, which I came in second place to Dylan Dragotta, and Darrell Mathes was judging it. I won like a pair of boots and I talked to Darrell afterwards. I’m probably like 19 at the time. He’s like “dude, we’re going to get you a pair of boots.” I was like holy shit, I’m gonna ride for Vans, this is going to be sick. And then I never heard from Darrell for a couple years. So you know, different ventures happened, but this is the funny part, it goes full circle. In Government Camp at Charlie’s and everyone was like, just classic night at Charlie’s. And Darrell was there, Jake Kuzyk was there, and I don’t know I guess maybe they had seen me snowboard during that period at Mt. Hood and that night, Darrell was just like, “Hey so what do you think about riding for Vans?” Obviously I said yes, because you know, I had been trying to ride for Vans since that Hi-Standard or pretty much however long, and then kind of just got the ball rolling at Charlie’s that night. That’s about it.

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