Why All Snowboarders Should Watch “The Crash Reel”

Every snowboarder in the Barrie area needs to see this

Every snowboarder in the Barrie area needs to see this

All Barrie area snowboarders have a summer homework assignment. Watch the movie The Crash Reel.

You have probably heard of it. The film’s official synopsis describes it as,

“This eye-popping film seamlessly combines twenty years of stunning action footage with new specially-shot verité footage and interviews as it follows U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce and exposes the irresistible but potentially fatal appeal of extreme sports.

An escalating rivalry between Kevin and his nemesis Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics leaves Shaun on top of the Olympic podium and Kevin in a coma following a training accident in Park City, Utah.”

This is one of the greatest snowboarding documentaries ever made, and probably among the best sports docs ever filmed. The story arch is as mesmerizing as it is heartbreaking.

The early parts of the film explore the fascinating on-again/off-again friendship between Shaun and Kevin. The middle third explores both men’s preparation for the Vancouver Olympic Games, and Kevin’s grizzly crash while training. The last third of the film follows Kevin on the road to recovery, and takes you right to his family’s dinner table as they beg him (Intervention-style), not to snowboard again.

The film was directed by twice Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker (Devil’s Playground, Blindsight, Countdown to Zero, Waste Land, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom). It has already gotten huge responses at film festivals around the world like Sundance, while winning audience awards as SXSW and Toronto’s Hot Docs.

It’s not a PSA on snowboarding safety; it’s just an incredible film. So do whatever you need to do. Go see it, PVR it, stream it. Just watch it.

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