501 Parts To See Before You Die - #1 Nicolas Muller in Neverland

#1 of 501

Video parts are an essential component of the people that love snowboarding. As big as contests are in the moment, these are the artifacts that will survive each generation of rider and be passed down to the next as gospel.

From wearing out favourite sections on VHS, taking great pains to keep treasured DVDs scratch free to counting down the minutes to a new online release, everyone has cherished memories of their favourite era.

In keeping with ethos we present to you 501 video parts that define the length, breadth and depth of snowboarding and its special culture. From park to pipe, urban missions to powder explorations, Betamax to Youtube, Sims to Halldor – these are the parts that form the DNA of shred, miss them at your peril.

Welcome to a new, ongoing WL series: 501 Video Parts to See Before You Die. The explanations in the title really…

What better way is there to get things kicked off than with one of the best opening parts of all time – Nicolas Muller in Absinthe‘s 2009 movie Neverland, a modern classic if ever there was one.

A part must have a holy trinity of components all working in sync to make it fizz, and when all three are together in harmony you soon have something spectacular on your hands

A video part must have a holy trinity of components all working in sync to make it fizz – riding, filming and song selection – and when all three are buzzing together in harmony you soon have something spectacular on your hands.

This is a prime example of this theory at work. Take Nicolas Muller, put him in Japan, send in the Absinthe camera crew shooting on 8mm film, throw in a bit of Kevin Pearce and Eero Ettala, add in Baba O’Reilly by The Who before sitting back and watching the magic happen.

This is the Shredi at his best, absolutely ripping through the J-POW on offer sending huge airs, plowing through pillows and finding the tightest, most creative lines going. We’d take any excuse to watch this over and over, so starting this series off with this is good enough.