Here is the final version of our documentary.
Sorry for the delay. Here is my trailer.
A trailer I made for an upcoming documentary on Freebord in San Francisco.
Freebord : Snowboard The Streets
Freebording recreates, on the streets all the feelings and possibilities offered by snowboarding. A Freebord is basically a skateboard with six wheels, two of which can rotate 360 degrees, giving riders the ability to initiate slides in any direction, just like they could do on a snowboard. Our goal is to bring awareness of Freebording to the general public, prove that this sport is yet widely underestimated and should be considered among extreme sports, like snowboarding, skateboarding, skiing and surfing.
Our approach is to rely mainly on the point of view of active Freebord riders who have been there since the beginning and contributed to the development of the sport in its early days. Their insight will help the viewer discover how this sport evolved during the last few years to become what it is today. Their opinion on how it should become the next extreme sport will also be one of our focuses.
We will focus on interviewing John Laudin (freeborder), Mike Hoppe (freeborder), Payman Najafpour (freeborder) and possibly the owner and inventor Steen Strands. We will ask them questions like: Has Freebording changed the way you look at the streets? and Has it gotten the recognition it deserves?
We will try to keep the documentary interesting by showing footage of people riding freebords. We will go to an event to film freebording in action. We will get access to the freebord factory as an insight to what makes a freebord unique. As well as get more personal with the riders for the Freebord Factory acts as their primary hangout before they go out and shred the streets. We plan on going to a Freebord Riders Event to get action footage, as well as great sound of freeborders riding down the concrete hills of San Francisco. We want to achieve a feel of how the energy is at a Freeborder event, and recreate the emotion of a freeborder on a personal level. Making it feel like the audience watching our documentary gets a close experience of what freebording is all about.
So again in conclusion our primary goal in filming this documentary is to bring a fresh awareness to freebording. Give it the recognition it deserves in becoming an extreme sport. Freebording has been around for quite a few years but we wish to bring a light to this incredible sport. The look and feel of freebording is so very unique and we desire to prove that to the best of our abilities as a team. We are Future Sound Factory and our documentary is Freebord: Snowboard the Streets.
John Laudin: What is a Freebord? How did you discover freebording? How long have you been freebording? Did you find it hard to learn? Has Freebording changed the way you look at the streets? Is freebording better than skateboarding or longboarding? Do longboarders/skateboarders hate? How personal is freebording to you? Would you consider freebording as a certain lifestyle more so than a sport or hobby? What was most difficult part about learning to ride and how did you overcome it? What would you say are your best and worst rides? What do you think about the T-board/Flowboard/Ripstick… etc? Do you see them as competitors? Do you see Freebord hitting events like the Xgames anytime soon? Has it gotten the recognition it deserves?
Steen Strands: What was your intention in making the Freebord? Was the invention an accident or on purpose? How did you come up with the design we see today? Would you say it is perfected? Do you have any ideas on how to improve the board more than it already has? What is your goal with Freebording? I noticed Freebords are not well known as a board sport just yet. Do you have any plans on exposing it?
Mike Hoppe: How long have you been on the Freebord team? Did you start from skateboarding? What made you switch? What did you have to do to get on the team? Do you have any advice for people who have never stepped on a Freebord before?
On April 20th 2011, one of the most amazing riders of the sport passed away doing what he loved the most. Freebording of course. He was an inspirational image to everyone in the freebord community around the world. His smooth transitions and unique freestyle got him a spot on the Freebord Team. He touched many lives and captured the attention of thousands of riders around the world. He is truly a legend to everyone and will be dearly missed. Riding out from Perth Australia, Sam was expected to be in San Francisco on May 21st for a ride session the next day. The event will proceed on May 22nd at 11:00 am in front of the Freebord Factory located on 455 Irwin St San Francisco. We will ride the hills of San Francisco in memory of Sam. Here is a video of his latest submission. Definitely some of the best riding I have ever seen. Rest in Peace.
I finally got a chance to interview the one of the most well known freeborders in the community. John Laudin, A.K.A Dub C Rider, took a few minutes to answer some of my questions about the evolution of freebords and how its different from other street boards. John has been working with the Freebord Factory for years and has close ties to the events organized by the Freebord Team. He has definitely played an important role in the Freebord community. Thanks John!
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Check out the Official Freebord Summer Camp held in the French Alps. You can book your week from July 9th to the 16th and start snowboarding in the morning and freebording in the afternoon. This is a great way for beginners to get familiar with freestyle and downhill on the same scale. The Freebord Europe website has all the additional information. Get coached by pros and Freebord team riders. If that’s not enough for you, here’s a clip on previous events. Many sources have mentioned that this could very well be one of the best snow/ski resorts in the world. I am no pro snowboarder but I’m pretty sure I would be happy with a resort that covers 238 km of riding and only 20% artificial snow. Dream all you want. California cannot compete.
Freebord will be holding an annual Best Edited Video Contest to see who can create the best edited video of the Freebord Pro Team in action. Much like their annual Best Submitted Video Contest, the BEV 2011 was held in the month of February with the deadline on March 4th. Several amazing videos were submitted but only one of them got the $500 dollar prize with the video featured on Freebord’s website. The winning video shown below was submitted by Cyril Calgaro.