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First Descent (2005)

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Five of the world's best snowboarders are taken to the mountains of Alaska for some outrageous "Big Mountain" rides.

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Credited cast:
Shawn Farmer Shawn Farmer ... Himself
Terje Håkonsen Terje Håkonsen ... Himself (as Terje Haakonsen)
Nick Perata Nick Perata ... Himself
Travis Rice ... Himself
Hannah Teter ... Herself
Shaun White ... Himself
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Five of the world's best snowboarders are taken to the mountains of Alaska for some outrageous "Big Mountain" rides.

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The story of the snowboarding revolution.

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and a momentary drug reference | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2005 (USA) See more »

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A Primeira Grande Descida See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$438,615, 4 December 2005

Gross USA:

$739,690, 18 December 2005
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Free Glide
Written by Malcolm Kirby Jr. and James Martin
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Great Documentary on Snowboarding
14 February 2006 | by Clayton MooreSee all my reviews

I never thought much about the attraction of snowboarding over skiing until I seen this documentary. Now I understand. The film is an exploration of the creation and history of snowboarding and it's explosion into popular culture. The basic setup is a trip to Alaska by three young snowboarders to "conquer" the mountains. The footage of these snowboarders down these mountains is absolutely incredible.

While I naturally enjoyed meeting the snowboarders and getting to know them a little I loved the older footage. You probably thought snowboarding grew out of the Southern California Surfer screen but you would be wrong. It actually grew out of the skateboard craze of the late 70's. If you every watch a skateboard competition some of the same moves are used in snowboarding.

Since there is no plot this documentary is all about attitude so casting (or selection) was critical for the young snowboarders and the film certainly picked right. Two of the young snowboarders, Shaun White and Hannah Teter won Olympic Gold Medals at Torino in 2006 (in addition to being enormously appealing). None of them seem to have a bit of fear; no matter how hairy the run down the mountain.

I love films that present something I have never seen before and seeing these guys get dropped off at the top of the mountain and go down for miles is unbelievable. Quite a film - See it. and my highest recommendation.


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