We are all keen to look at rails and bails with some Hip Hop tunes playing in the back, but every now and then it’s nice to see something different. If you’ve been itching to see a snowboard movie with a slightly different take on snowboarding, this is it. Contraddiction follows Elias Elhardt around talking about snowboarding with different snowboarders – Arthur Longo, Gigi Rüf, Marco Smolla and Kevin, the local guy who only started snowboarding at the age of 40.
We’ve had our fair share of different snowboard movies where snowboarding is discussed from various perspectives, but Contraddiction addresses it from a “how do we grow up doing this sport” kind of an angle. Should we give up snowboarding and get a real job? What happens when we become parents? Contraddiction is a result of honest discussions amongst friends on snowboarding, how it has shaped them as people and how much it’s affected their lives.
“Snowboarding is the one thing I love the most out of everything I’ve ever done” – Elias Elhhardt
Snowboarding is not about being forever young, it is about staying forever excited. Growing up doesn’t necessarily have to equal less excitement in life, and that might be the true beauty of the sport – it keeps us excited, and not only about snowboarding, but about life as well. Snowboarding makes us see things from a different perspective. We have our way of seeing the world and playing around in it, so why would growing up need to change that? Well, it shouldn’t.
Not only does this movie make for a great watch, it is also ridiculously well made. You could literally pause it at any part, and you’d have an amazing poster to hang on your wall (or a “screensaver” for your phone is probably what you’d do nowadays…?). The mountain views are absolutely stunning, and you can’t help but smile when watching this. Happy Friday y’all!
Directed: A Common Future