Arcadia is the seventh feature from legendary magazine Transworld SNOW. In the previous years, the mag has delivered solid vids with an impressive crew of riders. The guys at Transworld didn’t take long to establish themselves as one of the hottest prod in the game, and this years’ delivery is no exception. To be honest, we were lucky enough to see Arcadia in a movie theatre packed with 400 riders and a bunch of the movie’s stars a few days before it officially came out, so there was no way we wouldn’t enjoy it!

  • Prod company: Transworld (USA)
  • Riders: Halldór Helgason, Alek Oestreng, BYND X MDLS, Victor Daviet, Jesse Paul,The Manboys, Jordan Small, Victor De Le Rue and Red Gerard.
  • Sponsors: Monster Energy, Salomon Snowboards, Bear Mountain, Rome SDS, 686, Nitro, Dakine, Lobster, Bataleon, Switchback, Smith, Vans, and Whistler Blackcomb.
  • Length: 46 minutes
  • Out: 10.10.2017
  • Highlights: 16mm shots, Jesse Paul’s huge nosepress, Victor De Le Rue dropping on a wall of ice, Halldór Helgason’s whole part (obviously).

You’re gonna get some!

Arcadia is made by Americans, no doubt about it! The statement is made clear from the first seconds of the 46 minute long feature: you’re going to get some. The 1980’s influenced soundtrack sets the mood and tricks come one after the other during the intro.

The first part falls to Jesse Paul, and the 2017 X-Games Real Snow third placer deserves it. His bag of tricks is quite impressive and his part was welcomed with a warm round of applauses. The bar was set, and it was high!

Then come Matt Belzile, Erik Jackson, Jody Wachniak and Chris Rasman, a.k.a. the Manboys. Just like Kevin Bäckström and Tor Lundström a little later, their part is proof that solid snowboarding can come with a good measure of fun.

Street-wise, Jordan Small’s part really sticks out in my opinion. It starts by night in Bear Mountain where he rides rails with no light but a headlamp and kills it. The vibe is part FODT, part Think Thank, with hints of Sunday in the Park? Huge nollies, heavy hip-hop… Definitely one to watch over and over: it will get you amped before hitting the street for sure. 

Victor De Le Rue has an opposite approach to snowboarding. The Frenchie’s part opens with some massive freeride. The North Face rider drops on a wall of ice – might be a family trick – or starts the steepest lines with 360’s… And just to remind us that he also kills it in the park, he throws a massive one-foot trick on a huge kicker. Pretty impressive, to say the least.

Arcadia’s riders @ High Five festival – © JH

Despite all the riders’ best efforts, Halldór Helgason really feels a notch up. The Icelandic rider lands trick after trick with such an effortless style it’s crazy! This really is a part you want to get back to. The Lobster rider proves he’s still hot in the game, and he wants to show you how much fun he can get on a board.

Special distinction for his signature trick, the “Lobster Flip” – some kind of rodeo with a backside air, still trying to get my head around it – and for the funniest slam of the whole movie.

Snowboarding’s blockbuster

Arcadia really is full of good tricks. Its five-star cast execute them with a laid-back attitude and a touch of dare which really makes you want to ride like them. However, it feels a bit more like a series of individual segments put together in the editing room. In a way, it feels more like a compilation than like an album. Still, the riding is very good, so are the rhythm and the soundtrack, so go check it and tell us how it felt!
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