You’d think it’d be hard to pick a highlight in a career like Jussi’s, but it’s acutally piss-easy: Afterbang. Robot Food’s debut film was lauded for its deviation from ‘The Format’ (even if, compared to some of the bonkers releases of the nineties, it still played things relatively straight). Early on in the film Jussi skates into view backed by the opening chords of The Cars’ ‘Just What I Needed’ and drops the part that will essentially define his career.
Jussi skates into view backed by the opening chords of The Cars’ ‘Just What I Needed’ and drops the part that will essentially define his career
There are plenty of traditional hammers in there, but it’s the butters that stay in the memory. Watching him casually pressing on both nose and tail before launching a front 9 off an impossibly small park jump sums up what a lot of us enjoy so much about snowboarding. And, as is proven by the snowboard world’s lasting affection for the part, that stuff never gets old.
Louie Fountain and JP Solberg may have had Afterbang’s opener, but it was with this section that RobotFood truly arrived.