Watch Now: The West Coast Session team video contest entries
Words by the WCS:
Although the West Coast Session has always been proud of its non-competitive status, this year we finagled the invited skiers and filmers into taking part in a video contest just to mix things up. The Camtrol Session Showdown pits filmers Shane McFalls, Evan Heath, Andrew Napier, Jasper Newton and their hand-picked teams in an epic battle of wits and followcams to see who can produce the best five-minute edit.
After skiing for a week on the Mt Hood. Glacier, here's what the teams came up with.
Shane McFalls follows Nicky Keefer of Team Yoke. Photo by Jordan Harper.
Team Yoke: Shane McFalls, Jack Borland, Jeff Kiesel, Nicky Keefer, Jason Arens, Erik Olson and Jeff Curry.
“We came to WCS with the impression of just having fun and not having any pressure hanging over us,” said Shane McFalls. “It was a totally laid-back five days of shooting and it was one of the most fun videos I’ve made all year.”
West Coast Session VI: Team Yoke "Kill All Posers"
Team Kooter: For this year's West Coast Session team contest, filmer Evan Heath stacked his squad with some Utah based up-and-comers (Karl Fostvedt, John Kutcher, Collin Collins, Tosh Peters and Tim Gage), supplemented by Colorado heavy-header Will Berman, Hillcrest Sports team rider Joey Vandermeer AKA Scrappy Joe Young, and last but certainly not least, Buff team rider Noah Albaladejo with that spicy Spanish style.
"I'm pretty stoked on how my edit came out," says Heath. "Even though it was a video contest, everyone was super laid back and just had fun. I was skeptical about splitting people up on teams, but in the end it worked out very well. Can't wait for next year."
West Coast Session VI: Team Kooter
Team TBA (Taco Breath Army): Last year local filmer Jasper Newton came to Timberline and created a banger edit with Maks Gorham while we were shooting the fifth West Coast Session. Result? Maks got to hit our sunset shoot and was invited back this year, and Jasper got the chance to enter the ring with the other invited videographers in this year's Camtrol Session Showdown.
Jasper assembled a diverse team with deep talent including five-time WCS attendee Ben Moxham, powerhouses Dale Talkington and McRae Williams, the style of Maks Gorham, Quebec's own Alex Beaulieu, the one and only Bill Kelly, and Windell's head chef Drew Stewart. Since they couldn't come up with a name we named them Team TBA, which turned into Taco Breath Army.
"West Coast Session is a really awesome event that's been going on for six years, and I just now got to be a part of," Jasper says. "I think it's going to bloom into something way sicker with the addition of the video contest. I was glad to be able to choose a team and be a part of it."
West Coast Session VI: Team TBA (Taco Breath Army)
Team Mahalo: The fourth and final entrant in the West Coast Session team video contest is Team Mahalo. Andrew Napier scooped up some of his 4bi9 cahoots (Steve Stepp, Ryan Wyble, Tyler Barnes) in the first rounds and broadened his team with the likes of WCS veteran Max Peters as well as Buff team rider Luka Melloni, Mt. Hood's own Reed Lewis, and Canadian young gun Noah Morrison from Vernon, BC.
West Coast Session VI: Team Mahalo
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Henrik Lampert loves hot dogs, backflips, the Boston Bruins and Norway. Twenty-seven years old and a Massachusetts native, he's the Editor of Freeskier Magazine and Freeskier.com—a proud staffer since 2010.