Thursday, December 9, 2010

Review: Never Summer 'Made In America'

I hail from a small town south of Pittsburgh, PA called Belle Vernon. Growing up, there was only a small handful of skateboarders and snowboarders so we were all a pretty closely knit group of friends. When someone would get "hooked up" in any way from any company, the stoke was shown throughout the group. Over the years our close band of brothers eventually disbanded and, for the most part, grew up...and most of us lost touch. So when I first read that an old friend, Jason Hindman, was riding for Never Summer snowboards and would have footage in their new video Made In America, I wore a grin from ear to ear. Jason's dad, Ross, owned and operated the first "real" snowboard shop in the Pittsburgh area, Revolutions, and I had the pleasure of working there for a number of years. During those years I got to spend time with his son Jason and experience what an awesome person and gifted
snowboarder he is. So yeah, way to go Jason, go get some! But, in regards to the video itself, job well done. When I first started snowboarding there weren't many "team" videos like you see in the skateboarding world, but rather an amalgamation of riders from different companies under one video production company (ie: Absinthe, Standard, etc.) Over the past years though I'm noticing a lot more team videos and I'm all for it. I still enjoy the mixed crew videos but I'm all for a little change up to make things more interesting. Made In America features the entire Never Summer team from what I can tell, and they all really rip. There's quite a diverse selection of riding ranging from parks, urban rails, and trees all the way to gnarly backcountry lines. I have to admit, I'm a little biased and I have to give my "favorite section" up to Jason Hindman, haha. But all in all, the entire cast
shreds and truly represents what Never Summer is all about. The best part about this video? It's free and you can download it right here .

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