FODT: Road Warriors – Chicago

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With over ten years in the movie making game, Finger On Da Trigger has hit almost every spot the map. Philadelphia, Russia, Baltimore, Argentina, Toronto, France, Japan, Poland, Spain, Montreal, and most recently, Chicago have been a few of the places FODT has found itself. The Windy City was recently hit with one of those 30-year storms that crippled the city, and 36 hours later the F.O.D.T. boys were on the ground.

Written by: Sean Sullivan

Dylan Thompson, Chris Bradshaw, Andrew Brewer, Jonah Owen, Lucas Magoon, filmer Cole Taylor and myself landed and went straight to work. “In Chicago (urban) snowboarding is a novelty. Its super cool cause nobody’s even really seen it. People around town and cops are stoked and that’s always a good thing!” says F.O.D.T. sophomore Andrew Brewer.

Jonah Owen checking his shot | Sean Sullivan PhotoWhen you pop in your favorite shred movie before heading out to ride, do you ever consider what goes into making such films? While the duty of a pro snowboarder is to make everything they do look effortless, the reality of the effort leading up to the shots you see is in fact the opposite. “My favorite part is the adventure,” says FODT boss dog Cole Taylor, casually dismissing the question of the word luck. “If there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Behind nearly every video shot and photograph logged on the road are days of pre-departure logistics, soaking wet boots, delayed flights, lost baggage, wrong turns in bad neighborhoods, parking tickets, injuries, broken gear, unfriendly security guards and police, in-runs lacking speed, landings lacking tranny, angry locals and landlords, elaborate pulley system car tow ins requiring hundreds of feet of rope, lost wallets, and thieving hotel maids. With the level of today’s jibbing, the list could go on indefinitely. I consider every trick a rider gets while on a trip a small trophy, a testament to both skill and teamwork.

“Eventually it will come natural to you and you wont have to think it out. It is natural. It’s your life and its what you do,” explains Lucas Magoon. “It’s already in your mind, you go thru the process after trips and trips but its different every time because when you are at the place you could go this way or that way, it's always something new. It's good. You just gotta know how to cut it and get it in a certain spot.”