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People like to claim snowboarding as an individual activity, full of personal expression and all that nonsense, but truth is, it’s a lot more fun to do with friends. And since “fun” is a big deal in snowboarding right now, “the crew” is really enjoying its place in the snowboard spotlight. There are tons of crew video contests, crew movies, and even pro teams are pretending they all like each other for that together-y feeling.  But like everything in snowboarding, there are always gonna be certain crews that really stand out. Yawgoons, Lick the Cat, House of 1817, Footyfiend etc etc. What sets these guys apart from you and your homies? Well, there are a few things. Using this step by step guide, this season can be the year you guys break out and maybe even start getting free hoodies and beanies!


Hill City Squad – named after Duluth aka The City on a Hill.

1. A good name. Picking your crew name is key to your success. It should be something that’s easy to say, but just a little offbeat, so if someone Googles you they don’t get a bunch of unrelated bullshit. Pick an inside joke or if you’re really STUMPED, maybe you can get some tips from the Internet. Whatever you do, stick with it. Changing names often confuses everyone.


True fact: UKC has a “team manager”.

2. A leader. Snowboarders tend not to be the most motivated or organized individuals, so when you get them together, it’s basically like herding cats. You need one person in the group who can make the decisions, make sure shit happens, and otherwise keep your crew together. A lot of times they’re also the filmer, which brings us to our next point…


Dr. B is a leader and a filmer. The double wammy.

3. A dedicated filmer. There is no way you can be successful or relevant in snowboarding today without someone filming your every move. Ideally, they should be able to hold the camera steady, edit well and otherwise make all the hilarious antics and sick boarding they capture watchable. Bonus points if they’re some sort of weird character.


Tre Squad even lets a skier play and it works for them!

4. At least one good snowboarder. Don’t worry, many a snowboard career has been built on riding someone’s coattails. It’s awesome if all of your buddies kill it, but it’s more realistic that only one or two of you have above-average talent. That’s ok, just make sure when your footage hits the internet, that person has stacked tons of clips. Bonus: if they’re sponsored, the rest of the crew can leach off them and use their hand-me-down gear.


LTC- The Ultimate social networkers.

5. A digital presence. No one is going to pay attention to you if you’re not spamming them from every social network. Making a sick ass facebook page, get an instagram, twitter and even a blog. Think of it as a resume you can send out to potential sponsors and media outlets to show them how serious you guys are.

Finally, there are many other things you can do to make your crew stand out. Get matching tattoos, get a shitty van to live communally in all winter, get a black kid, whatever. We can’t give away all the secrets. We can tell you though, it’s best to start building up hype now so that you have lots of followers when the snow finally flies. Then it’s just a matter of living the dream daily and before you know it, you’ll all be snowboarding superstars, drowning in powder, pussy and product!

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You’ve seen the teasers. You’ve wished they were your friends. And now we actually talked to the guys behind the Bang Show. After emailing with both Maxwell Scott (who runs the email) and Nick Brewer (who “invented” the crew) and getting several 1 am phone calls from Andrew Brewer, we’re pretty much down with the guys. In short, this crew seems to know what snowboarding is about, and they take that shit really seriously. In fact, we give this video at least a 75% of actually coming out.

Location: Colorado, Utah, New York, Reno, Mass, Minnesota, and New Jersey
Riders: Ben Capron, Mike Goodwin, Andrew Brewer, Maxwell Scott, Charlie Deptula, Nick Brewer, Billy Mackey, Greg Sudac, Kyle Fischer, Josh Bishop, Alex Cutler, Jackson Fowler, Eric Messier, Ben Rice, Blake Rhodes Reid, Colin Walters, Justin Keniston, and some other homies.
Filmer/Editor: hah.

Approximately how much whiskey would you say you drank this past season?

Maxwell: whiskey? we only drink mikes hard

Nick: Enough to single handedly keep the liquor store down the street in business during these difficult economic times. Nothin’ but Canadian Mist.

Did you get your security deposit back on your apartment(s)? If you haven’t moved out yet, do you think you will?

Nick: Is this a trick question?

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Maxwell going rogue?

What was the best party of the year?

Nick: Probably this one -


So what will the ratio of partying to snowboarding be in the video?

Nick: Probably the same ratio of guys to girls at one of our parties. Roughly 10 to 1.

Why did you decide to name your video the same name as Pat Moore’s contest at Waterville?
Maxwell: ‘cuz we like to rip people’s shit off

Nick: Ha ha no, about 3 years ago we lived in a house and there was this little room that just had a skylight and a bed in it. It’s where the homies crashed and the chicks got chopped. Thus, The Boneyard.

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What about the name Bang Show. Where did that come from?

Nick: A few years back we were actually thinking of names for a future snowboarding video and we wanted to come up with a name that could easily be confused as a porno. Eventually we narrowed it down to The Bang Show and Genital Hospital, which may already be a porno, and The Bang Show won out. From there we made a blog and some stickers and the rest is history.

You guys seem cool, ever consider moving somewhere less douchey than Breck?

Maxwell: Oh right, like Salt Lake?

Nick: Ha ha, but seriously a lot of us don’t even live in Breck. That place sucks ass



What’s good about living in Breckenridge?

Nick: Absolutely nothing! Breckenridge is everything I hate about snowboarding rolled into one. First of all, the mountain itself is always cold, windy, crowded and full of douches. Yes the terrain park is amazing if you ever get there. You have to take a 15 minute bus ride and a 20 minute gondola ride just to get on the mountain. From there you’re looking at a half an hour lift line and roughly an hour and 30 minutes after leaving your car you’re finally taking your first run. Second, and arguably the most important reason why Breck sucks ass is because there isn’t an attractive girl within 60 miles. Basically, Breckenridge is a brosexual’s paradise.

What can we expect from Back to the Boneyard?

Nick: Hopefully 30 minutes of non-stop entertainment.
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Andrew Brewer in Tahoe. Photo Andrew Hatch

Who do you think will have the best part?

Nick: Everyone. Were hoping that this won’t be one of those videos where you skip half the parts because they’re so ridiculously boring.

Is this your first movie? Why did you decide to make a movie?

Maxwell: We’ve never done anything before, we put out teasers as a joke but people actually liked them so I guess we’re making a video now…

Nick: Yea, we’ve never done anything before, which means the movie will probably suck. But we’re making this video for the same reason everybody else is in snowboarding and that is to make lots and lots of money.
What do you think makes a snowboard movie good?

Maxwell: less snowboarding

Nick: ha ha. The ICKS dudes couldn’t have said it any better. A movie should be entertainment first and snowboarding second. And a good soundtrack always helps

When will it be done, and where can people see it?

probably fall ? August or September?  We’ll have premiers/parties all around for people to get fucked up at. Like Salt Lake? New York, Denver/Boulder, Breck, Reno/Tahoe, Portland, Minneapolis, LA, Jersey Shore, Boston, Buffalo NY, Baton Rouge….. check our webpage for updates, the  blog,  or the vimeo page.

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Mike Goodwin, location unknown