31/12/2013 | by Chris Moran | 7 comments
If his part in Transcendence introduced the young Travis Rice to the snowboarding world, this was the part that boosted his career to the next level. Released two years after Vivid, Pop saw Travis saddle up with Romain de Marchi for an all-out assault on the monstrous Chad’s Gap.
The gap (which you can read more about here) was previously believed to be too big for snowboarders – requiring take-off speeds of over 50mph to clear. So imagine the reaction when the still relatively unknown Travis Rice finished up his part by sending a perfect backside rodeo 7 off it.
It didn’t leave people cheering so much as gaping like surface-feeding carp, silently mouthing “holy shit!” while working out how much they could flog their gear for on eBay, because there was surely no point in snowboarding any more.
But it’s not just that final section, everything from this part is epic. The opening trick, a double cork 10 over the Pyramid Gap (similar, but smaller) just as Modest Mouse’s Float On (what a tune!) is awesome. And it carries on in the same vein, with Travis stomping a series of first-track tricks in the middle of gnarly alpine lines (now something of a signature move) and sending it off monster booters, making his own myth as he went.