I met a fellow Boondocker at a mining conference in Vancouver last month. We were attending a social that a mutual friend hosted at his beautiful condo in Coal Harbour. A bit of a set up actually since our host (David Greenway) has been a ‘Boondockers’ sponsor since 2008 (SNS:TSX.V, GFN:TSX.V, AOX:TSX.V) and knew one of the boys (Alex Deeds) from ‘National Drilling’ was an avid sledder.
Needless to say we provided the exact reaction our host imagined. Alex was more than exuberant when he spotted the collection of Boondocker snowmobile videos on the counter. He was most appreciative when he realized the DVD’s were in fact gifts for all in attendance. And he was especially gracious when David introduced me as the series founder and co-producer.
Though it has been a long time since I enjoyed any of the glory that comes through my association with Boondockers I maintained the stoic presence I’ve always adopted when I meet our fans. My mindset assumes that they’ve already seen my best so by letting them speak, I can usually extract the fodder for a great yarn, a few laughs or perhaps I might discover the greatest rider in the world – whether that be him or his best buddy! LOL
Fortunately Alex hit on the first two categories as we certainly shared a thousand giggles and a ridiculous night in Vancouver. More importantly, he introduced an entirely new audience perspective that neither Daniel nor I had ever considered in our history of planning, shooting or editing the Boondockers series.
Alex explained that he never grows tired of watching snowmobile videos. He can watch the same movie over and over, often repeats entire segments and slow mo’s his favorite clips. Not because of the brilliant powder though “how could you deny yourself of that?” Nor is it the comical quips from the riders, the spectacular scenery or the dizzying drops. No Alex primarily uses his snowmobile videos as instructional tools.
He’s most interested in where ‘Smasher’ positions his feet for those long side hill pulls. He notes when Matt resorts to the top side paddle that ekes him through some of the deepest snow patches. He watches Ryan time each and every perfect bounce down a powder packed chute. He calculated the range within which Dan hooks his hips in the trees and of course, noted the throttle sounds when Rick and Phatty launch and land those ridiculous drops.
You might not be able to teach an old dog a new trick but I thinks its fair to say that Alex and the boys at National proved – we’ve laid down a pretty solid platform for them to leap from!
Sweat your brains out!