Pro Snowboarder Scotty James Breaks Down Snowboarding

– Ooh. [laughs]

Yeah, no, you don’t do that.

This?

[upbeat music]

Hi, I’m Scotty James,
professional snowboarder,

and this is The Breakdown.

This is Cloud 9.

I have not seen this movie before

but it’s got some good
half-pipe snowboarding in it,

so, maybe I’ll learn a thing or two.

– What up, Summit Valley?

It’s time to ride.

– Not great weather to be droppin’ into,

it’s a little bit overcast, snowing,

which might slow you down a little bit

in a competition scenario.

Seems a little bit windy,

we can usually tell that

by the flags on the side of the half-pipe,

whether it’s gusty or
if it’s consistent wind.

You don’t want wind in the half-pipe

’cause it doesn’t help.

There’s flags at this one as well

and I think it’s just, they
want everyone to know that

it is the Spring Snowboard Challenge.

You’re dealing with different elements,

wind, snow, light, flat
light is what we call it

where the sky is the
same color as the ground

so you kinda lose vision a little bit

of what’s happening.

Well, I use Oakleys,
which are prism lenses

that enhance the contrast in the snow.

So, I don’t have that issue

but other people have that issue.

– [Man] Sponsored by Oakley?

[laughs]

– Yes, I am.

– [Man] What about her goggles?

– They’re good.

– [Man] They’re good?

– They’re not Oakleys.

[laughs]

– Woo!

– And the boys winner of this
month’s snowboard challenge–

– We all wear bibs,

usually it’s in the seeding of the tour,

so if you’re number one,
you’ll have number one,

if you’re number two, three, four, five,

you’ll have the number.

So, we’ll have all the sponsors

and then it’ll have like the event.

So, for example, X Games,
Burton US Open, Laax Open.

This one looks like it is the
Spring Snowboard Challenge.

Haven’t entered that one myself yet.

We have anywhere between

eight and nine competitions a season.

It starts in Copper Mountain,

that’s the first World Cup for us.

World Cup events are our
qualifying series for the Olympics

and then after every
season, the World Cup,

it’s called the FIS Tour,

all the competitions put together,

all your points are added up

and then you will be crowned number one,

you win the crystal globe.

Basically, you just have to
qualify within the top 30

and then you go to the Olympics.

[upbeat music]

Let me pause it here.

You’re probably not waving to the crowd.

You’re usually in the moment.

What you’re doing is pretty risky,

we work pretty hard.

She’s enjoying it, I mean, it’s
we’re up there for too, so.

– Now this is what I
call fashionably late.

– Striking some fear
into your competitors,

showing I’m a little
bit late, bit carefree,

everyone thinkin’, oh my
god, she doesn’t care,

we’re screwed.

I haven’t done that myself yet

but maybe I will.

This coach looks pissed.

She’s about to deliver something

he does not wanna receive.

See what happens.

Oh!

[laughs]

I’m not sure what the,

whether they’re trying to
say that’s like a trick

but I would say it’s a pose.

She’s doing it again.

Whoa, she did it again! [laughs]

She’s actually like riding the pipe well,

she’s getting enough speed
to get out of the half-pipe

and do her tricks.

Half-pipe events like this is judged off

amplitude is how high
you get above the coping,

execution is how you grabbed,
how long you held the grab,

how you land it in the wall,

if you land it in the transition,

how you came out of the trick,

whether you maintained speed.

And then overall impression is based on

how you’ve placed your tricks in your run.

So, if you started with the hardest trick,

then you’re gonna get a high
overall impression score

and then work your way down after that.

So far, she hasn’t done
any tricks, in my opinion.

The impression score is zero right now

but her execution in
her whatever she’s doing

is pretty good, she’s maintaining speed,

riding the half-pipe well.

– Oh, tail grab!

That’s a trick.

It’s her first one of the run.

I don’t actually know
where that half-pipe is.

Usually I can pick where
a half-pipe is but.

Now that’s just wrong

’cause we don’t get scared by
sevens, eights, sixes and 10s.

We get scored out of 100.

I wouldn’t have even
thrown my cardboard clip up

if I’m honest.

No, I’m just kidding, that’s mean.

I would say that score, seven,
seven, eight, seven, eight,

you might makin’ finals in that.

Highest score I’ve ever got was,

it was either a 97 or a 98

and the guy that beat me got
a 99 or somethin’ like that.

Hate him.

Nah, he’s all right.

This is A View to Kill.

Big James Bond fan, I like Golden Eye.

I used to play the game on
Nintendo 64 like religiously.

Interesting first scene
where they’re coming in

where the icebergs are.

I’m not sure you’d
particularly snowboard there,

it’s like a bunny slope.

[speaking in foreign language]

Guessing they’re in Russia.

A beacon is basically if I’ve
been buried in an avalanche,

I have my beacon on and the people above

will use their beacons
to kinda search for me

and everyone uses them when
you go ride back country.

I’m not sure how that guy
would be buried where he is

as it seems like it’s a crevasse

and I can just tell by the snow

that there definitely wasn’t an avalanche.

It looks like sunbaked surface

whereas an avalanche, you can tell,

it looks like snow’s
tumbled down the hill.

I haven’t been in the
back country a lot but,

so, I do half-pipe is my discipline.

You don’t get any
avalanches in the half-pipe,

you’re pretty safe there.

I’m not sure you would jump
into a crevasse like that,

if I’m honest.

Generally, a crevasse is full of ice

and you won’t be comin’
back up if you go down.

Maybe if you’re being
shot at, you might try

but in this case, he’s got snow down there

so he’s been able to ski out, but.

Oh, he’s really proving me wrong

with this whole crevasse skiing thing.

He’s doing it quite well.

That’s an outfit that
you would probably see

walking down the street of Aspen.

Not my taste, personally.

I mean, James Bond pulls it off, so.

[snowmobile exploding]

James Bond is using a
ski of the snowmobile

which has just blown up as a snowboard.

Might be like an old Burton snowboard,

so the nose was always
longer than the tail

and you can see that in this shot.

Form, you would still see
that on a Saturday, Sunday

up at any resort.

Using his arms a lot, kinda
looks like he’s dancing.

He’s doin’ it with style.

We call this the rudder arm.

Some people have a really high rudder arm,

some have a pretty low one.

Mine sits just kinda happy
medium right in the middle.

[dramatic music]

Landing wasn’t great,

I would give it about a
zero in execution, but.

Let’s cut him some slack here,

he did jump from about 20 feet.

His poor joints would’ve felt the wrath.

A successful landing looks effortless.

Funnily enough, there is an
actual old saying, after bang.

So, you would do a trick

and if you felt pretty good about it,

each individual would have their own way

of expressing how that felt.

You see some guys kind of
land with their head down

and really trying to emphasize
that effortless approach.

I don’t have any after bang,
or at least I don’t think so,

you might have to ask someone one.

Skiers would probably outrun a snowboarder

if you’re talking about
racing down a hill.

Depends how badly you wanna
get away from the skiers

and if you’re getting chased down by guns,

you probably wanna get away pretty quick.

There is science behind it,

there’s more edges,

there’s less friction on the snow on skis.

Snowboards are about this wide

and skis are about this wide.

That is actually possible,

I have seen that done,
I’ve done that myself.

I would actually say it’s
probably easier to pond skim

on a snowboard too,

the skis are a little
bit more out of control

hence them crashing
and him getting across.

Skiers versus snowboarders, we get along,

but we definitely do give each other

a bit of crap here and there.

We all respect what we do,

we’re all up there to do the same thing

which is have a good time.

Up next, XXX.

Oh yeah, this was one of
my favorites growing up.

Vin Diesel.

I remember watching this the first time

in a cinema in Australia with my dad.

It was my dad’s Christmas party

and he took everyone

and at the time, I was
already snowboarding

so I was probably a little kid
going, “That didn’t happen.”

So, I’m about to do it again.

That’s a real snowboard,
it’s got a sidecut.

I don’t know what snowboard it is.

Typically, if I see a snowboard,

I know like what brand it is

or what company’s made it, for sure.

[rock music]

Ah, cue the rock music.

So snowboarder, Vin Diesel,

he can do everything.

If I can see the base of the snowboard,

I can tell you what it is.

Mmm, I don’t know what that is.

This is actually real,
people actually do this,

like put a snowboard on and
like do some aerial tricks.

It looks like the board that
he’s strapped into in the plane

is not the board that he has on his legs

because the direction of
his feet have changed.

I’m gonna freeze this frame.

You can see in that shot there,

his heel has lifted up on his back foot,

you don’t do that snowboarding.

It’s lost the side cut,
so they’ve gone and taken

the graphic of the actual snowboard,

which is believable, fault me,

and put it on top of
like a skydiving board.

It’s gotta be dizzy at this point, surely,

it’s makin’ me dizzy.

All right, here we go, the big stunt.

So, you can actually see,

there was one frame where
the guy was on the skis.

So, if you play it.

Stop, right here.

That shot back there, he’s facing forward,

you wouldn’t do that on a snowboard.

So, I’m skeptical of that shot.

[laughs]

That looks like there’s quite a bit

of powder on the mountain.

The best powder in the world
is like super light snow,

so quite cold and dry temperatures,

which is what you’ll typically find

in like big mountains and
steeper terrain like this.

That was more of like
a cutback surfing turn

with his hand dragging here and he’s like.

You don’t typically do that

unless you’re really frothin’ out.

Oh, now he’s trying to slow down.

That’s not how you slow down.

You just kind of get on your backside edge

and just slow down.

I mean, he is coming down
some pretty crazy terrain

so maybe you would do that.

That’s definitely a 90s outfit.

This movie’s early 2000s I think, right?

He’s a bit outdated here.

We have goggles, Oakleys were out by then.

Oh, man.

Yeah, you don’t do that.

Oh.

No chance.

That definitely didn’t happen.

So, he’s just pulled off

two of the biggest jumps
I’ve ever seen on a snowboard

and we didn’t see him land the first one

so, not sure what happened there,

maybe the explosion kicked
him into another jump.

Oh, and he set off an avalanche.

That’s a big one.

Oh yeah, nah.

He would not make it out
of an avalanche that big.

I don’t care how good a snowboarder

or how bold your head is like Vin Diesel,

you’re not fast enough

to get your way out of that avalanche,

it’s just not happening.

That actually looks like
a pretty legit avalanche.

His bombs didn’t even trigger that off,

it was just him stomping his landing.

A stomp is when you
like execute your trick.

So, you land on your feet
and you’ve stomped it.

You could definitely set that up,

jump onto a house and jump off a house.

I’m not sure if that one was real.

Vin Diesel’s still managing
to stay ahead of it,

unbelievable.

I haven’t seen many big avalanches myself,

not being in the back
country all that much,

but I heard it’s pretty terrifying

when you see it properly in real life,

and I’ve seen videos of
big ones, not that big,

that’s why I’m saying that they
just wouldn’t survive, but.

I’ve heard one like break

and it makes a big thudding noise.

And what he did at the
start, throwing the bombs,

they actually do that
on like any mountain,

they bomb it so it’s safe for
the public to go and ride.

What’s he got?

Oh, yeah.

I’ve never seen someone
jump up and grab something.

I’ve seen people set up jumps
into like big pine trees

and they’ll just go choo
and land in the pine tree,

but never a radio or telephone tower

like Vin Diesel just did.

The telephone tower wouldn’t
have survived that avalanche.

It would’ve definitely tipped over

with Vin Diesel going under the snow too.

Up next, Last Holiday.

– [Instructor] Yeah,
that’s it, that’s great.

– She’s got a lot of control, this girl,

for not having any control at all.

But yeah, you see people
lose control all the time

and I lose control sometimes too,

so, I’m guilty.

She should’ve taken out
the skiers, she missed.

[laughs]

Got quite good technique turning

for being out of control.

She’s like doing this to act
like she’s out of control

but torso down, she’s in control.

I mean, she did a
backside turn right there

and then she just did
a frontside turn again.

A backside turn is when
you’re on your heel edge,

frontside turn is when you’re toe edge,

so the toes of your
feet are into the snow.

– Enjoying yourself?

– [Woman] Not really.

– If she’s out of control

like this movie’s trying to convince us,

she’s probably not
having a nice little chat

with this gentleman
that’s trying to save her.

Snowboarding through the
trees, all the time, every day,

definitely more dangerous,

you’re wrestling with
some good pine timber

so if you hit it, it’s gonna hurt.

Yeah, that’s pretty typical.

If you wanna get into freestyle,

they’ll make smaller jumps

in like a freestyle
park at the local resort

and you just kinda start jumping like that

and when you wanna hit rails,

they’ll make these things called boxes

which is kinda like this remote

where there’s a lot more surface area

so you can’t fall off it

and you kinda just slide on the top.

Pretty good for being out of control.

And for the guy that’s supposed to be

saving her and in control,

he’s not doing so well.

They’ve flipped it on us.

This is Johnny Tsunami.

The classic.

I think their lingo in
this, pretty spot on.

– What you did yesterday,
getting massive air

off that jump to help
Sam and that sky girl,

mad props, dude, you’re a real charger.

– Oh, thanks, brah.

– We don’t really say brah.

I wouldn’t be like, that was gnarly, brah.

I might say that was gnarly

but I’m in denial that I do

but I know that I do say that a lot,

I say it’s gnarly.

It’s part of the culture.

I try to use minimal amounts

’cause you can get pigeonholed too much.

I’ve done like a commercial

and they’ve tried to get me to say like

something just completely ridiculous

that I would never even say,

gnarly, hectic, sick
dude, awesome, crazy, rad

all in one sentence, and I
was like, “We don’t say that.”

– What’s this?

– Now you’re cool enough.

– Those hates are definitely not cool,

I’m just gonna stop it there.

Those things are hideous.

Crazy hats, no one wears those.

– Can I get busted for that?

– Hey, only if they catch us.

– Classic snowboarders breaking the rules.

Yeah, the misfits,

it’s kind of like almost what
snowboarding was founded on,

it wasn’t accepted at the start.

You had to go and find your own way,

you had to go and ride the mountain where

and not tell people.

It’s definitely legit.

– Go big, go home.

– Go big, go home.

It’s a very cliche line.

Come on, man, go big, go home.

Just go big, you don’t
need to go home after.

Like this stuff is actually pretty,

that looks enjoyable to me, minus the hat.

The terrain, the guys he’s got
with him, with his friends,

up riding the mountain.

Let me stop it here.

As I was saying before
with my snowboarding,

why that happened to that guy

is he was heavy on his front foot

so his nose dug into the snow.

We would call it a ragdoll,

all your stuff’s flying

and your arms goin’ all
different direction.

Snowboarding was definitely banned.

I know still to date that
there are resorts in America

that don’t allow snowboarding.

This is Point Break.

There were actually some
real snowboarders in this

but they weren’t snowboarding,

they were just like
hangin’ out at the house,

broin’ down with him.

There was Iouri Podladtchikov,
Christian Haller

and I think Louie Vito was in it,

but they weren’t up ridin’ the terrains.

Well, we went to the premiere,
the movie just came out

and everyone on tour went to the cinema

and we watched this movie

’cause a couple of the guys were in it.

Just called heliboarding.

You get in a helicopter,
you have your backpack on,

you’ll have like your
beacon, probe, shovel,

all that stuff in your backpack

in case an avalanche happens.

The reason why it’s so unique

is because no one
typically gets to go there

so the snow’s really good.

It’s cool to go in a
helicopter and go snowboarding.

You wouldn’t go over the
side that they’re goin’ on.

You’d go down this side, probably.

The other side’s a frickin’ cliff face

and one side isn’t.

I mean, Travis Rice would probably

make his way through that, if I’m honest,

or any other really
good back country riders

would probably be able to navigate it.

I probably wouldn’t do it.

The reason why that
isn’t really believable

’cause it doesn’t look that enjoyable.

You’re kinda dodging rocks.

Typically, if you’re
dodging rocks going down,

you’re picking up a lot of speed

which is probably not that safe

’cause you’re not gonna
be able to slow down

if you hit a big cliff
face, which is what happens.

But they’re gnarly, so of
course they’re gonna go.

Most of this snowboarding footage

actually looks like they’ve
actually gone snowboarding, so.

There would actually be someone

skiing down the mountain with them

while they’re turning and doing
all their jumps and stuff.

Follow cam’s typically a skier,

it’s just better with
stability with the camera,

it’s easier to move around and maneuver.

Yeah, we filmed up a lot growing up.

My brother, Sean, who actually
still films me to date,

he travels around the world with me,

I remember my brother filmed
my first ever back flip

and we didn’t tell my
parents what we were up to,

we just went and built
some super mediocre jump

and it was probably actually,
now I think about it,

super dangerous but
Sean caught it on film.

Nowadays, he uses like a GoPro

and actually follows me down the half-pipe

and it looks awesome.

But back then, it was just more like this

with like a recording tape

and he’d just press the
button and he’d yell at me

and be like that.

Have to start somewhere
with the old tape recorder.

We used to steal dad’s cameras.

My dad’s a graphic designer

so he always had cameras

and we used to just take his cameras

without telling him and go and use ’em.

Thanks, dad.

Let me jump ahead.

You wouldn’t all drop in at once like that

because in the case an
avalanche does happen,

everyone’s going in the avalanche

so there won’t be
somewhere above the surface

to look for anyone,

so you wouldn’t ride down
like this all together

just, hehe, having fun,

because if something happens,

no one’s gonna be there
to look for you, so.

If you’re going heliskiing
or being dropped off

at the top of a mountain in a helicopter,

I would assume that you
would know what you’re doing

but you’d be surprised,
I’m sure there’s people

that wanna do it for the idea of it

but can’t actually get down.

[laughs]

Oh, the big jump.

I don’t know what’s under
it, it’s hard to tell

like how crazy it is

but it doesn’t even look
enjoyable what he just did

so I don’t know why you would do it, but.

The steeper and the deeper

and the scarier the terrain,

it’s what makes some snowboarders

separate themselves from others,

they’re willing to take that risk.

Dropping into a crazy line like that,

these three guys didn’t
think it was possible

and that happens with tricks all the time.

You up and in training scenarios,

sometimes it’s better to
have someone else there

that’s gonna push you
and push your buttons

to get the best out of you

and if I’m nudging someone to do it,

I’ll just tell ’em that the
old them would’ve done it

and they always do it.

This is Chalet Girl.

She looks like she doesn’t know

what the snowboard boots are,

intrigued though, as we all were at first

when we begin snowboarding.

Questionable one piece suit.

I actually don’t mind them

because it makes sense.

You’re not gonna get snow in your butt.

Terrible feeling,

I’m sure if anyone’s been
snowboarding or skiing

they know what I mean.

That’s not gonna happen to her.

It’s a good place to start,
especially if you’re learning.

I’m a mittens guy.

I don’t like gloves, like
finger gloves, I like mittens,

it’s warmer.

Not sure I’d wear a
beanie that says ski on it

when I snowboard either.

When you’re learning, some
people prefer to get up that way,

some like to get up forward

but you’re probably in more control

getting up the way that
she’s doing it there.

Uh oh.

That happens on a daily
basis on the mountains.

Hasn’t happened to me,
but I’m sure it does.

But the guy just so happens
to be some handsome.

Lucky her.

He’s riding a Lib Tech

and the magnet traction
edge is what we call it,

so the edge isn’t straight on his board,

it’s actually wavy.

The toughest thing to start snowboarding

is the amount of time that
you spend on your butt,

that’s what people probably
hate about it most.

Like, skiing, you’re probably
being able to stand up more,

you’re not on the ground as much.

We don’t learn how to
walk sideways like that

and that’s what skiing is,

you can see where you’re going,

whereas snowboarding is, it’s awkward.

But once you do it and you
get the hang of turning

and things like that, it’s a lot of fun.

Let’s go back.

– Hang outside on the ripside.

– That wasn’t very nice of him

just to scoot off like that

considering he almost
just knocked her out.

I don’t know why people hop like that

to get to where they’re going

or like to get the right
direction on their board.

Be like me like trying to hop this seat.

You wouldn’t typically drag the snowboard

from the nose up the hill.

Looks like it weighs a ton

the way she’s carrying it right now,

but it only weighs like maybe two kilos.

Strapping into the snowboard

can actually be pretty
difficult at the start.

I had my dad do it when I was growing up,

couldn’t strap in myself.

And you can get snow on
the bottom of your boots

which then goes into your bindings

and it’s like this whole
thing which is not very nice.

Yeah, she might need to

go to ski school or something, I think,

she’s strugglin’ a bit. [laughs]

That was believable for sure,

like, day one snowboarding.

For me, I was too young to remember

my first day of snowboarding.

I was three years old, so I
don’t remember how I started

but from what I’ve seen,
pretty much what happens.

Roll around, you get a sore butt,

wrists get sore, maybe you get frustrated.

She didn’t get snow in her pants

’cause she’s wearing a onesie, so.

Maybe if you’re gonna start snowboarding,

I would suggest you get a onesie.

But yeah, a lot of kids start skiing first

just ’cause it’s good introduction,

doing pizza and getting
your feel on the snow

is typically like through skiing.

The story told as to why
I started snowboarding

was I wasn’t a very obedient kid,

I didn’t listen to my
ski instructors at all,

so the reason they put me on a snowboard

was to slow me down so I would listen,

and I believe it worked
until I figured it out

and then I was off.

That was my breakdown,
thanks for watchin’.

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