Quiksilver had massive night at the X-Dance awards last evening with Travis Rice winning Athlete of the Year and his HD masterpiece “That’s It That’s All” taking Best Film and Best Cinematography. The film was also nominated for the categories of Best Editing, Best Core Film and Best Director. Travis and the film’s director, producer and editor Curt Morgan we’re thrilled with their achievements and thanked Quiksilver and Red Bull for backing the project. “We spent two years of our lives on this film because it’s what we love to do,” said Travis.
“Clay Marzo: Just Add Water,” an action packed surf film that also tells Clay’s inspirational story of the gifts and challenges of living with Asperger’s, won for Best Biography. I got up on stage to accept the awards and my mind went blank in front of the flashing cameras. The quality of films was so high that it was an honor just to be nominated. Huge thanks to the team involved – Strider Wasilewski, Adam Klevin, Chris Bryan, Shaun Peterson, Kemp Curley, Natas Kaupas, Bob McKnight and Jill Marzo for making it happen.
X-Dance was held over 5 days in Salt Lake City, Utah, and in-between packed screenings our crew was able to enjoy a little snowboarding in mountains of Park City and late nights out at the madness that is the Sundance Film Festival. Travis and Clay also did an autograph signing at the Quiksilver Store on Main Street. A couple hundred local kids turned up for a chance to meet Travis and Clay, get a signed poster and a chance to win a signature Libtech T-Rice board.
The next day Travis took Clay up the chairlift for a lesson. Clay had only snowboarded once before, but only took one warm up run before heading straight for the jump park and launching a few out of control boosts. After that we headed to the huge ramps on the edge of the mountain to watch in awe as Travis practiced for next week’s Winter X-Games.
Enjoy Sarah Burlingham’s photos and stay tuned for her video from an amazing weekend in the snow.