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Diving into the TSA x Lockdown Project Film Archives

Diving into the TSA x Lockdown Project Film Archives
23 February 2021

Words: Jeremy Sladen

Coming into the new millennium, we had a strong team of riders here at TSA and we wanted to put something together to showcase their incredible talents. UK snowboarding was just starting to flourish and we thought the best way to get them out there, into public view was to put together a DVD which we could give away free to anybody who wanted it.

Once we'd finally decided what we were going to do, we started looking for someone to do it. One of the first people we spoke to about our plan was Tamworth local and our good friend Adam Gendle. At that point Gendle was just starting to put together a load of spoof music videos with his best friend and fellow rider Tim Warwood, so we knew he could edit. It didn't take too long for us to decide he was the guy for the job and at that point, the first TSA video was on. At the end of the following winter, Gendle had worked with all our team riders and a lot of other UK riders to create a ton of footage, that summer he created the first-ever TSA film: Updog.

Updog ticked all the boxes when it came to showcasing our riders, but it also put the spotlight on UK snowboarding as a whole. During the editing process of Updog Gendle was joined by Tim, here they found that not only were they best mates but that they also worked well together and thus was born their production company: Lockdown Projects.

After the success of Updog, Tim and Gendle approached us with the idea of doing another video of that forthcoming winter, but this time they'd make it bigger, with more riders: a celebration of everything UK snowboarding. Naturally, we couldn't refuse, the first Lockdown Projects x TSA film went into production; that film was Proper.

At that point, we had no idea that that Proper was going to become such an important part of UK snowboard history and spawn a series of movies that defined our sport in the 2000s. The fact that these films are still universally loved by everybody in the UK scene all these years later, is a testament to just how good a job Tim and Gendle made of them.

We are proud to see that both Tim & Gendle have progressed to carve out excellent careers in TV and radio, because not only are they supremely talented at creating videos, they're also really funny. They're also still fully involved in the sport, away from their TV duties, with Tim even doing the TSA catalogue shoot for this current winter.

Being unable to go ride this winter has forced all of us to look back at our past experiences of snowboarding and draw on those great times to keep us stoked and ready to get back out into the mountains next winter. The Lockdown Project x TSA films sum up everything that snowboarding is about and will spark some excitement within us all to get back out there when it's safe to do so.

While these films were exceptionally popular, a lot of people haven't seen them in a long time and have forgotten just how good they are, while young'uns might be just starting to find their feet and looking for inspiration to take their riding to the next level. Either way, the current lockdown situation offers a great excuse for us to dig into the archives and get them out again. It's almost as if Lockdown Projects created this content specifically to get us through lockdown: it can't just be a coincidence, can it?


PROPER

  • Runtime: 53 min
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

When we first started talking about this project back in early 2004, the goal was to put together a video that showcased the UK snowboard scene. I think what Tim and Gendle delivered in that winter of 04/05 far exceeded what we initially envisioned. From the individual rider sections through to popular/hated medley section, Proper is truly a reflection on what made the UK snowboard scene so unique. We can't talk Proper without mentioning that Proper logo created by Jono Wood.

  • Runtime: 53 min
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

When we first started talking about this project back in early 2004, the goal was to put together a video that showcased the UK snowboard scene. I think what Tim and Gendle delivered in that winter of 04/05 far exceeded what we initially envisioned. From the individual rider sections through to popular/hated medley section, Proper is truly a reflection on what made the UK snowboard scene so unique. We can't talk Proper without mentioning that Proper logo created by Jono Wood.


BAD ASS, BIG AIRS

  • Runtime: 47 min
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

This is the film that really propelled the Lockdown series into becoming such a well loved staple of the UK snowboarding scene and still to this day it's one of the most talked about. From the breath taking Iran section through to Graham Macvoy's lucky escape from an avalanche, this classic video really does showcase what made the UK scene so unique.

  • Runtime: 47 min
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

This is the film that really propelled the Lockdown series into becoming such a well loved staple of the UK snowboarding scene and still to this day it's one of the most talked about. From the breath taking Iran section through to Graham Macvoy's lucky escape from an avalanche, this classic video really does showcase what made the UK scene so unique.


SHOWOFFS

  • Runtime: 53 min
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

Keeping to the same well established Lockdown Projects blend of action and comedy, Showoffs became one of the most popular videos in the whole series. With a standout section from Dan Wakeham following his run in the 2006 Turin Olympics, Showoffs is a nostalgic throwback to one of the most fun periods of UK snowboarding. So, grab a beverage and get ready be transported back in time to a more carefree era when you could go out, drink and party with friends.

  • Runtime: 53 min
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

Keeping to the same well established Lockdown Projects blend of action and comedy, Showoffs became one of the most popular videos in the whole series. With a standout section from Dan Wakeham following his run in the 2006 Turin Olympics, Showoffs is a nostalgic throwback to one of the most fun periods of UK snowboarding. So, grab a beverage and get ready be transported back in time to a more carefree era when you could go out, drink and party with friends.


TERMINAL FEROCITY

  • Runtime: 71 min
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

Filmed over the winter of 2006/2007, this iconic movie showcases the best of British snowboarding in a manner that befits the UK's unique snowboard scene. Covering the who's who of UK snowboarding, Terminal Ferocity's irreverent approach to making a snowboard movie marked it out as the most popular of all the Lockdown movies.

  • Runtime: 71 min
  • Available to watch on: YouTube

Filmed over the winter of 2006/2007, this iconic movie showcases the best of British snowboarding in a manner that befits the UK's unique snowboard scene. Covering the who's who of UK snowboarding, Terminal Ferocity's irreverent approach to making a snowboard movie marked it out as the most popular of all the Lockdown movies.


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