First Descent

First Descent

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Average of 161 ratings: 3.6 Stars

2005 M Contains offensive language.

The story of the snowboarding revolution.

First Descent chronicles the rebellious, inpsiring and sometimes controversial rise of snowboarding - as seen through the eyes of the snowboarders setting the standards and breaking the boundaries of this worldwide phenomenon.

Firs Descent spotlights a handful of snowboarding's early pioneers (including Shawn Farmer, Nick Perata and Terje Haakonsen) and some of the superstar phenoms at snowboarding's current cutting edge (Shaun White and Hannah Teter) and literally takes them to the edge - the snow blanketed mountains of Alaska - where these five icons face some of the most challenging natural terrain on the planet. The five come for different reasons - Perata and Farmer to see if they still have what it takes, Haakonsen to add another credit to his Big Mountain resume, and White and Teter to undertake their first Big Mountain riding ever.

Leading up to a first descent, the crew of five share their stories, comparing viewpoints, individual lifestyles, and unedited opinions on the evolution of snowboarding that began as a delinquent child of skiing and now stands as an international cultural movement that has permanently changed the face of winter sports.

The movie spans the snowboarding revolution of the '80s and '90s, expresses real-life accounts from both notorious and famed riders, and provides dramatic scenes from the biggest winter contests and backcountry experiences. First Descent creates a fast-paced portrait of a sport that has quickly evolved from a fringe hobby to a full-fledged global event.

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110 minutes

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Screen Format
1.33:1 Full Frame
English Dolby Digital 2.0

6 Member Reviews Write a review

5 by eg23

as a snowboarder myself, it's nice to see a documentary about snowboarding which doesn't only shows some famous riders riding down slopes but also some history behind snowboarding and some mean tricks... Read more

2 by Lisa134

We didn't watch this DVD. We were feeling like more of a comedy style family movie when this one arrived. Would probably suited my teenage son better.

5 by Sans

Yahooo!!! What a blast. Excellent pace, breathtaking cinematography. Well chosen storylines followed through to a natural conclusion. The characters featured are legends in our own time. A great doc... Read more

4 by marcella1

Such an awesome dvd. Has all the pro boarders in it, and has some phat moves shown! Interviews with the boarders, showing their feelings about everything to do with the sport and the popularity of it. Recommeded!!

4 by Tubbsy1

This is an amazing account on the birth and growth of snowboarding, with what can only be described as amazingly shot scenes, especially the last few descents.

5 by Snokarva

If you've ever picked up a snow board or even considered it rent this movie ! it inspires me to go

riding like no other snowboard flick. Really good to see more than just a few clips thrown together... Read more