What makes a good snowboarding movie? The introduction of snowboarding movies has been integral in keeping boarders salivating for more in the off-season and pumping them up to do crazy things pre-season. Before snowboarding movies most of us were either future boarding gurus battling in daddy’s scrote to be the one in a billion born to board for life, or we were skiers. You only had the season – generally three or four months to go mental, sleep in cars, drive six to twelve hours in a day to spend eight hours on the snow. You lived for the magazines and images that made you fantasise and plan how to possibly kill yourself shredding on your next mountain session. It was truly amazing, but with the introduction of the snowboard VHS videos you had something else.


You had vision, loud music, and you had heroes. You could see it all accompanied by hardcore music while (mostly) guys did things you could only dream of. The bigger the better, the crazier the better and boarding evolved to a spiritual quest. People began traveling overseas in their own country’s off season and a culture grew.

For me personally it was a free VHS given to me when I bought a Quiksilver jacket in the late 80s. It went for about twenty-five minutes, it was all shot to the soundtrack of INXS’s KICK and I have no idea what it is called and nor can I locate it online. I watched the VHS until it broke, I taped the film back together and I watched it again until it died. It was insane!! Addiction took hold and here we are.

That’s it, That’s all

In answer to the first question – what makes a good snowboarding movie? The ability to make you go “holy sh*t,” “whoahhhhhhh,” and “WTF!” when watching about sums it up. But somehow technical improvements do not make all the best movies. Sure the REDBULL crew make movies that are 4K pieces of insanity that look better than being there in person, but some of the greatest snowboarding movies come from personal memories from the past. Some of those old VHS people have played until they had to throw it away, the ones that shaped you to become the boarder and person you are today. These are the gems that need to be embraced.

This list is created from asking oodles and oodles of people for their opinion, reading every other list Google could throw at us then curating what we thought was the best. The movies here were all groundbreaking in there times. Whether it features the legends of our sport in their primes, offers a gritty insight into the life of a pro snowboarder, highlights tricks never seen before or was the first ever shot in 4K. We hope it gives you some gems to hunt down and watch yourself. What was your favourite growing up? What’s your favourite now? What did we miss?


10 – Future Proof

  • Year of Release: 2006
  • Production Company: Absinthe Films
  • Riders: Chris Coulter, Christophe Schmidt, DCP, Jonaven Moore, JP Solberg, Jules Reymond, Jussi Tarvainen, Kurt Wastell, Matt Beardmore, Nicolas Droz, Romain deMarchi, Trevor Andrew, Wolle Nyvelt, Yannick Amevet



9 – True Life



8 – The Art of Flight

  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Production Company: Red Bull
  • Riders: Travis Rice, Mark Landvik, Nicolas Muller, Pat Moore, Scotty Lago, Bjorn Leines, Jeremy Jones, John Jackson, DCP, Bode Merrill, Danny Davis, Mark McMorris and plenty more.


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7 – The Crash Reel

  • Year of Release: 2013
  • Production Company: Phase 4 Films
  • Riders: Kevin Pearce, Shaun White, Mason Aguirre



6 – The Community Project

  • Year of Release: 2005
  • Production Company: 1242 Productions, Oakley and Red Bull
  • Riders: Travis Rice, JJ Thomas, Zach Leach, Tyler Lepore, Terje Haakonsen, Bryan Iguchi, Andy Finch, Kyle Clancy and Shaun White



5 – Deeper

  • Year of Release: 2010
  • Production Company: Teton Gravity Research
  • Riders: Forrest Shearer, Lucas Debari, Jeremy Jones, Johan Olofsson, Jonaven Moore, Josh Dirksen, Ryland Bell, Tom Burt, Travis Rice, Xavier De Le Rue



4 – Let it Ride: The Craig Kelly Story

  • Year of Release: 2006
  • Production Company: Locomotion Films
  • Riders: Craig Kelly, Dan Donnely, Jake Burton, Jason Ford, Keith Wallace, Tex Devenport, Tom Sims



3 – Afterbang

  • Year of Release: 2002
  • Production Company: Robot Food
  • Riders: Jussi Oksanen, Louie Fountain, David Benedek, Christoph Weber, Travis Parker, Jaako Seppala, Joni Malmi, Joni Makinen, Wille Yli-Luoma, Chris Engelsman, Bobby Meeks, Eddie Wall, JP Solberg
  • Check out Afterbang, along with Lame and Afterlame in our Classic Robot Food – Full Movies here



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1 – That’s It, That’s All


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