22/11/2010 | by Tom Copsey
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Sick video highlights of the big N’s progression session in Folgefonna, with riding from Jake Blauvelt, Eero Ettala, Gjermund Bråten, Jamie Nicholls, and many more.
What do you do if you’re Nike, have a recently assembled crew of überrippers and a couple a quid you found down the back of the sofa? You hire out a corner of Norwegian glacier for your team-members to throw down and get to know each other, invite along a couple of other duders for the ride and let them have at some killer terrain shaped purely for progression. This was the D-Pad session. Check it out. Bet you can’t even do half of this shit in Amped…
Here’s what they said about the project:
The venue, Folgefonna, Norway. The aim, to create a session that ends the season on a high and to get some of the great snowboarding minds together to push creativity and progression in the 20 hours of sunlight that Norwegian summers have to offer. With a set up created by legendary shaper Lars Eriksen, everything was in place to pretend we were back on those old computers experimenting with what was and wasn’t possible. Bring on the ‘The Nike 6.0 D-Pad Session’. The dozen riders selected for the task was a mix of established names who gave their take on modern snowboarding and next generation riders who did their part to kick snowboarding into the future: Gjermund Bråten, Ethan Morgan, Gerome Mathieu, Ståle Sandbech, Jamie Nicholls, Terje Håkonsen, Jake Blauvelt, Matt Ladley, Mason Aguirre, Eero Ettala, Kevin Bäckström and Erik Botner. And after seeing the footage, it is safe to say that the future of snowboarding is in safe hands.