You know Ogden, but if you're not from Utah you don't know you know Ogden. Just a short drive from Salt Lake, Ogden is the northern most city in the Wasatch tri-city area, which also includes SLC in the center, and Provo to the south. For decades Ogden shred spots both urban and at resorts Snowbasin & Powder Mountain, have appeared in iconic movies from Kingpin, Mack Dawg, Tech-Nine, Absinthe, and VideoGrass, as well as the pages every shred publication you can list. The rub, however, is that many times these spots are referred to as "Salt Lake" or even the generic "Utah" and this has always been a slap in the face for the riders and community in Ogden. A few years ago some of the Ogden faithful decided to set the record straight, or at least highlight Ogden in their own way, but really making sure to hammer home the "Ogden" part of the equation. Thus "Ride Local First" was born. We sat down with Bryden, Cody, and Tristan to get the scoop (Chase Burch was proably holding it down at work, which you'll understand as you read).
Arkade: I guess we should start at the beginning. Talk about the genesis of the entire Ride Local project that you guys have been working on.
Cody Lee: I guess it was a stolen idea. There was a video called “Montreal” where they filmed the entire video in Montreal, and that is where I kind of took the inspiration from. So it was like two or three seasons ago when I told Bryden or Chase that we could probably film an entire movie in Ogden. We have the side country at Basin and PowMow as well as world famous street spots. So we tried one year and that failed because there was just no snow.
Tristan: A couple years ago too I was talking with Sean Lucey and we was like “you know you could film an entire part just living in this area.” One of the things that really stuck out was that we live in here in Ogden with all these famous street spots, all these famous mountains with insane terrain, and you can get a full part without having to worry about traveling budgets, especially if you have the snow and luckily last year we did.
Cody: Tristan has made videos in Ogden since 2009 and I’ve been there and we would always travel to kind of do that grind but neither of us have ever had any sort of travel budget you know. So not having financial support was a big motivator in staying in Ogden and showing what you could really do just here in this city.
Tristan: One year I did a trip to Minnesota out of pocket just because that seemed like what I should be doing, but it just makes so much more sense to stay here. In the end it made it more meaningful because everything we put into it had that little bit of extra meaning behind it.
Arkade: Does Ogden have a little bit of a chip on its shoulder? Is there something to prove?
Tristan: It’s funny because Paul from Arkade will mention this to me a lot. You’ll see a street shot in a magazine of an Ogden spot and of course it is labeled “Salt Lake”
Arkade: Or even worse just the generic “Utah.”
Tristan: Exactly, and we are like “That’s Ogden!” so yeah there is a little bit of something to prove you know. So many of those early wall rides of JP and Jeremy in the Mack Dawg movies were filmed here. Tech-Nine did a lot of shooting up here as well. They were always stopping by Lucky Slice after filming. Ogden gets this bad rap of being super ghetto, but its fine. You want to see real sketchy ghettos go to some of those East Coast cities like where I am from. Ogden gets a bad rap where Salt Lake gets all the credit. So you see all these kids flood into Salt Lake and in Ogden there’s like one crew, us and a nadful of other kids. You always hear “I moved to Utah to ride Brighton or Park City” you almost never hear anyone say “I moved across the country to ride Ogden and Snowbasin” but it is just as amazing.
Arkade note: At this point in the interview we veer off into 40 minutes of talk about the amazing days we've all had at both Powder Mountain and Snowbasin. Seriously people you need to get up north and ride each season.
Arkade: So no travel expenses to worry about, and you’re on your home turf. It seems like it’d be easy to get clips. What kind of challenges did you run across while filming?
Tristan: I think the hardest part was the coordination of meeting up because we all work different shifts at the same place. That usually meant it was almost impossible to get all of us together for an unlimited amount of time to shoot. Someone always needed to leave for work or whatever. A lot of times I had to find other people to film me even just teaching them on the fly about angles or fish eye etc.
Bryden: Yeah a lot of the time I’d be filming with Tristan and be like “ok here’s the camera I’m heading to work, good luck.”
Cody: With fulltime jobs and varying schedules it was hard to get with Bryden. Another thing is that a lot of the iconic Ogden spots are gone now. Many of the spots in videos have been demo’ed for new construction. Most Weber State rails have been switched to aluminum. A lot of the wall rides have been torn down.
Bryden: As a filmer one of the biggest challenges for me over the season stemmed from buying an old tripod over the summer that was just insanely heavy. I wish I could just toss it in a fire. I’m following the guys up these lines, some of them sketchy scrambles, and just be so miserable and mad at myself for having that thing.
Tristan: One thing that was cool though is that our job knew what was up, our bosses ride, so on pow days we’d make those phone calls where we were like “pow day we will be like an hour late.”
Cody: Luckily for me my immediate boss is KC Russell who is like Ogden OG legend you know. I’d send him texts about being late and he’d just be stoked we were getting shots. He’s got shots in the film too. He is just this insane rad dad now killing it at 32 years old.
Arkade: So where are we at as far as editing and stuff?
Bryden: It’s looking really good actually. I’ve pretty much put all of my free time into sitting in front of my screen over the past week or more. Last night I couldn't sleep because I was thinking about the editing and just way hyped. It’s been really fun to create something I’ve envisioned in my head, and as an artist I feel so passionate about creating this and bringing it to life you know. I think every filmer and editor I know feels the same. This is my first big project and going into summer I was a little worried about the quantity of footage but now I’m just like “whoa we are stacked.”
Tristan: We are planning to package a photo book with the DVD as well. I think that gives a whole other perspective to the project. We are super excited to package that with the DVD to make what we feel is a total project.. We shot polaroids, film, and digital for that.
Arkade: What are the plans premiere wise?
Cody: We need a venue; everything is twice the price we thought it’d be. Once we get that handled we will see. Probably late October or early November. We obviously want to do a great fun premiere in Ogden and then I think Milo is down to do something in Salt Lake.
Bryden: Yeah the venue is the only hold up right now, but we have the funds and sponsor support. Lucky Slice has supported this movie since day one and Mike, Will, and Nick have been such awesome dudes not just for us, but also for the Ogden snowboarding community.
Arkade: Anything else we need to know? Final thoughts?
Cody: I want to point out that we don't have plans to put it online right now. This is a hard copy minded endeavor. Ultimately it's a selfish thing. We made the movie to document Ogden, not to propel ourselves into the industry.
Bryden: For me this movie is about doing something with my best friends in a place I’ve called home for the past six years. It is really special to me, and we’ve worked so hard to make it a reality.
Tristan: It’s awesome to see it coming together. I think Bryden is really doing snowboarding in Ogden justice. We have a snowboarding culture here too, and it is fucking badass.
UPDATE: Since we did the interview the guys have secured a premiere venue. The movie will be premiered October 14th at Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden. Doors open at 7pm with a $5 ticket price. DVD's and photobooks will be available in limited quantities.