SNOWBOARD CANADA / Written by Dave McKinnen
Local film project seeks to document timeline of women in snowboarding
There's been a lot of talk about Full Moon lately, and for good reason - the girls absolutely f*ckin' crushed it. But most of the coverage has been centered on the quarterback, the leading lady, the chica de la hora: the one and only Leanne Pelosi. In a couple of weeks, we're going to print an enormous stack of magazines that we feel do a pretty decent job of expressing some of the reasons Leanne is unreal, so we figured we'd spin the retrospect on Friday night a little different. Chase a new angle, you know, like Johnny Utah at the Venice pier. So we're gonna rap a bit about an element of Full Moon that's been alluded a number of times, but seldom gets unpacked. See, as much as the film is a benchmark for ladies' boarding, a check-in with the history, and a new look towards the future, it's also a crew movie - a very good one at that.
The soul of Full Moon comes from friendship. The film achieves both feel and continuity, and both have the air of natural extension from the bonds between its riders. Hana, Robin, Helen, Annie, Jamie, Marie-France and Leanne are each incredible athletes and extremely rad people, but the magic rests in the way they feed off each other. They amplify each other's talents, respect each other, and as much as anything have fun together. Behind the scenes. that's the source of countless inside jokes and hashtags (#weloveit, by the way), and at the Full Moon world premiere on Friday, September 16th, it was apparent on the screen. The girls, in segments that interlude the gnarly riding in the movie, do a great job of expressing the admiration shared between the tight-knit ranks of our sport's female stars. They tell how inspiration bounces back and forth between them, and how snowboarding has grown for each of them thanks to the influence of their friends.
At that nexus of talent, experience, and the boosts the girls take from each other, the riding in Full Moon is insane. The ladies navigate pillow lines with finesse, adjusting between stages with quick, precise turns. When stacks are bigger and steeper (and they get crazy big and steep) the girls send straight lines into mega stomps (and sometimes hot tubs). Fast and fluid descents down enormous, wildly prominent peaks at Bella Coola Heli Sports show the unbelievable highs of Canadian freeriding, before the crew goes all out in a full blown Alaskan assault. Roller coaster sluffs greet them at the back nine of Alaska Heliskiing's tenure, and chase them down some of the most raucously technical terrain in the world. At no point does it seem like the girl's aren't up to it - they totally rip.
Full Moon is a snowboard movie more than anything, driven by the energy that comes when snowboarders find inspiration in each other. Through all of the action you see the camaraderie that makes it work. The film offers much more, of course, and in a couple of weeks we'll get back into it with issue 24.1, but for now we want to leave it at this: on Friday the 16th, we saw the women of Full Moon talking to their young female fans, and we could see that the film has already started passing on the inspiration and openness that have brought women's snowboarding to the heights of its current level. That's awesome, and alone it makes the two-year project worth it. Congratulations girls, and great work.