Words: David MacKinnon
Photos: Zuzy Rocka
Put it in the Bowl has it. The eclectic group of Kamloops shreds reps hard for interior British Columbia, grinding to open spots and bring park-honed creativity to the streets. The crew makes waves with short films and quick fix edits, standing out in digital snowboarding with spontaneous feel, unique editing, and wide-ranging variety in individual styles. Their group dynamic is on point, with riders pushing each other’s progression, and comes across on the screen to remind us what’s possible when snowboarding with your friends is the priority.
Geremy Guido and filmer Liam Hall are the masterminds– the two met during a season G spent in Liam’s native New Zealand, and filmed together with a crew of Snowpark locals. It was productive, and Liam ended up visiting Canada. Of course he met a girl, to whom he’s now married with two kids, and made a home in Kamloops. Lucky for us; the timing was right for a talented filmer to come onto the scene. After a few years documenting park riding at resorts like Sun Peaks and Big White, Geremy and Liam brought together Aiden Hryciw, Bryce Bugera, Teilhard Volk, Tommy Van, and friends to film the first Bowl edits. Cuts like “PEEKS4,” “WhisKARMA,” and “The Bowl MiniMovie” put the crew on the radar, and by the time “November” and “What Does It Mean?” dropped Put it in the Bowl was a fixture in the Canadian scene.
This season, PiitB took a different approach, opting to hold onto footage and release a full length at the start of the 18/19 season. “Uno Mas” marks the culmination of a winter’s efforts, and the continued dedication of each of the Bowl riders. Liam balanced family life to film, and Geremy stacked clips between 5-2 night shifts. The rest of the boys also hustled to make it happen, and homies like Zuzy Rocka and Mat Wanbon joined the crew, contributing with their riding, photography, and writing.
I had the pleasure of hanging with PiitB during a few days of shooting for “Uno Mas,” and the riding blew me away. At a wall ride re-direct, Aiden got a one-footed alley-oop. That loose back hoof came unstrapped again the next day for a fastplant to one-footed boardy on a down-rail with a fence. At the down-rail spot, Tommy Van got switch board to switch lip, two sev out. He deftly dodged a bench at the bottom of the rail, riding high off a firey clip he got about an hour earlier. He’d got boardslide to lip on a flat-bar to DFD elbow feature– ballsy, tech, and clean.
Keep an eye on the Bowl; these guys are never boring. Coming into 2019, they’re organized and ambitious, and they’ll be riding the momentum of “Uno Mas” into another winter of focus in their home streets. “We’re gonna be in Kamloops, trying to hit things differently,” says Geremy. “It’s all here. Rails, wallrides, gaps, whatever.” As long as the boys stay hungry the Bowl keeps rolling– it doesn’t sound like it’s slowing down any time soon.