Words & Photos by Seth Lightcap
After 200 showings in 150 locations and DVDs on sale for the last six months you must have seen DEEPER already?! No excuses if not! Get a copy, crack a cold one, sit back and enjoy what has been widely honored as the most groundbreaking freeride snowboarding movie ever produced.
If you’ve seen DEEPER than you know why 82,000 fans came out to the premiere showings and nearly every adventure film festival on the planet lauded the epic flick with glowing praise. By the time the 10/11 film festival season wrapped up, DEEPER had collected a half-dozen awards including Best of Festival at the Backcountry Film Festival, Official tour selection at the Banff and Wild and Scenic Film Festivals, an ESPN Editors Pick Award and the star of the show, Jeremy Jones, won the X-Dance Athlete of the Year Award.
Speaking for TGR and the entire DEEPER crew, it’s safe to say that the response we’ve received for our hard work has blown us away. What’s been especially rad is that it hasn’t been just hi-fives at the premiere parties. From what we’ve seen and heard from the fans, DEEPER was a true inspiration for countless backcountry snowboarders. Knowing that our adventures inspired your adventures brought us the ultimate satisfaction and the motivation to keep that fire roaring.
Teton Gravity Research, Oneill, Jones Snowboards and a host of others are proud to support the FURTHER project. No doubt this second chapter will bring the heat once again as Jones and fellow freeriders search for backcountry stoke in off-the-charts alpine destinations like the Arctic Circle, Georgia and Alaska. Thus far, one FURTHER trip has gone down. In late February, Jones, Forrest Shearer and Josh Dirksen traveled to Japan to seek their fortune riding lines in the Japanese Alps outside of Hakuba. Deep pow and just enough sunshine allowed the guys to drop the first memorable FURTHER segment in the can.
FURTHER will be a two-year project and is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2012. You can expect TGR to begin dropping wicked teaser videos from the production of FURTHER in the coming months and i’m sure we’ll get a few thoughts from Jones himself sometime soon too. In the mean time, if you’ve already played all the DEEPER DVD bonus features more times than you can count, check out these recent DEEPER Unplugged episodes featuring Jeremy Jones, Forrest Shearer and Neil Provo freeriding in Utah. Sad but true, this Wasatch footy was the last segment to hit the floor in the final days of editing Deeper.
**Jeremy Jones and Ryland Bell on their way to a cold night out in AK. Photo By Seth Lightcap**
**Jones rips a sunset slash heading back to a DEEPER camp in the Sierra. Photos By Seth Lightcap.**
**Josh Dirksen, Forrest Shearer and Jeremy Jones prepare to shred in the Hakuba backcountry. Photo by Seth Lightcap.**
**Check the vibe at this “Splitboard Party” hosted by the Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba. Photo By Seth Lightcap.**