Do they even have hanging chads in Canada? With thousands of votes cast and over 60 comments posted, Week 1 of our Superpark Sunday Showdown is finally in the can and Nick Khater's Video Gypsy played David to TJ Schneider's Snowboard Realms Goliath. Pundits and spin-doctors have already started to dissect the nuances of how both filmers played their cards. Was it the music, the roster, the angles or the editing? Regardless of how he did it, Nick Khater's Video Gypsy will be advancing to the next round. Congratulations.
Week 2 is now upon us and as such, we have two more Superpark Sunday Showdown contenders, Think Thank battling against JTR Productions. Vote for your favorite video and help them advance to the next round and potentially win $5,000 compliments of Gatorade.
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Though he'll tell you that it is a collaborative effort, Jesse Burtner is the mastermind behind Think Thank. Since their first production Thunk in 2004, Burtner and company have changed the fabric of snowboard filmmaking by rewriting the rules. Think Thank is proof positive that great snowboarding and compelling footage needn't be death defying, exotic, or the product of an astronomical budget. For the Superpark Sunday Showdown, Think Thank put this year's two-disc epic Left Brain, Right Brain on the back burner for a few days to create an original short, titled 2 More, Skip The Last with a cast that includes Jason Robinson, Sam Hulbert, Nick Visconti, Ben Bogart, Sean Genovese and over a dozen other supporting players.
Justin Ryan is the J and the R in JTR Productions and he traveled all the way from the bottom of the Mammoth access road to document Superpark. With the requisite filler clips out of the way early, his edit hits high gear with a banger opening riding shot which features Kyle Lopiccolo sprocking twenty feet out just as the Nappy Roots declare "Gonna have a good day." This video includes most of the highlights of Superpark 14 including Chas Guldemond, Lonnie Kauk, Jeremy Thompson and Tyler Flanagan settling the 100 ft Centipede stepover. Also worth noting in Justin Ryan's entry is Annie Boulanger boosting the quarterpipe, Brennan Swanson pulling the first double cork on a quarterpipe ever and Daisuke Murakami being mislabeled as Halldór Helgason.
About Superpark Sunday Showdown
The Superpark Sunday Showdown is presented by Gatorade. This interactive contest is a weekly video faceoff where two Superpark edits go head to head with the victor being decided by you, the snowboardermag.com viewer. The entry that receives the most votes each week advances to the next round. All told, there are 16 film companies in contention, each with hopes of advancing all the way to the end of the brackets where they will receive the $5,000 grand prize courtesy of Gatorade. Keep in mind that only one vote a day will be counted per viewer, per browser, so keep coming back to www.snowboardermag.com daily to support your favorite vids.