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Snowboarding film slides into town

If you’re all fired up about snowboarding after watching the Turin Olympics, here’s a chance to take a look at one of the hottest sports to hit the slopes of the Winter Olympiad.

The Nevada City premier of the 2005 Universal Pictures movie about snowboarding, “First Descent,” will take place at the Nevada Theatre on March 14. There will also be a live snowboard exhibition – complete with snow – by professional performers in the Bonanza Market parking lot.

The event is being organized by Nevada City resident Tina Basich, one of America’s first professional women snowboarders, and event producer Stu Wolfson.



Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nevada Union High School and the Bear River High School snowboarding teams.

“Most of the teams in high schools have a tremendous backing from the community,” Wolfson said. “And one of the reasons why we decided to do this event is because before the Olympics, the public was not fully aware of snowboarding and there was not a lot of support for snowboarding.”




As a part of the live show, a snowboard rail will be set up by Bonanza Market.

“There’s a company out there in Colfax who’s going to build us what they call a box and rail,” Wolfson said. “It is an approximately 16-feet long rail that snowboarders will slide and perform tricks on. We’ll install the rail down the slope, and underneath the rail we’ll put truckloads of snow. We are not filling the entire Bonanza parking lot with snow. It’s just underneath the rail.”

Besides the performance and movie, raffle prizes worth a total of $5,000 will be given by Basich at the premier night. The $12 to attend the movie includes raffle tickets and a free trial subscription to Transworld Snowboarding Magazine.

The film, co-directed and co-produced by Kemp Curley and Kevin Harrison, features some of the top snowboarders in the world, including two of Team USA’s most recent gold medalists in Hannah Teter and Shaun White. Five of the world’s best boarders are taken to Alaska for “Big Mountain” rides.

The movie times are 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., while the outdoor performance is set to start at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets will be on sale Wednesday at Mountain Recreation and Good Times in Grass Valley, My Favorite Things in Nevada City, and the Riders Union in Colfax.

For additional information, contact Wolfson at 263-3977.

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To contact staff writer Soumitro Sen, e-mail soumitros@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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