Revelstoke snowmobilers Brodie Evans, Nadine Overwater and Cody Borchers are featured in the 509 Volume X premiere at the Roxy Theatre on Nov. 19.
I caught up with Evans to talk about his feature part with the 509, a Spokane-based softgoods, helmets and goggles manufacturer and snowmobile media powerhouse.
Evans has appeared in 509 films before as part of their grassroots program, but his debut, which lasts just under five minutes, is his first feature part. (509 is the area code for Spokane.)
“I am super pumped,” Evans said.
He shot his feature last season with 509 filmers, who spend a lot of time in Revelstoke, considered an epicentre of snowmobiling, especially for the backcountry freestyle riding that Evans shines at.
A poor snow season made filming a challenge.
“The conditions we had a last year was a bit of a struggle. We had to get creative and use what we had,” he said. “I spent five months in the backcountry and [had] a handful of days that worked out.”
Evans said the conditions pushed him away from his big mountain style riding somewhat, challenging him to try different lines and styles, and taking big risks in a full-throttle environment.
“Definitely filming puts a lot of pressure on yourself,” he said. “I think that’s why I snowmobile.”
Evans lives and breathes snowmobiling, and has put tremendous resources into it to progress up the ranks. Originally from Rossland, Evans has been based in the Revelstoke area for the past five seasons, and works hard to keep himself in the gear necessary for the sport. He’s got a list of sponsors including 509 (Brodie thanks Mike Reeves), Riderz (Special thanks to Cody Borchers and Jason Bussey), M-line Sled decks, Slednecks, HTR Design, Snowpulse and Solo Productions.
He’s excited to be progressing and we talked a bit about his vision for future filming projects, including kicking around the idea of a story-based video sometime in the future. (Evans’ older sister is Revelstoke backcountry freeskier Leah Evans, who had a feature part in Patagonia’s Jumbo Wild, a story-based ski film which premiered recently at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre. Like his older sister, Brodie is also an accomplished skier.)
Brodie welcomes everyone to the Thursday, Nov. 19 premiere, extending a special invitation to people who don’t snowmobile. There are many genres of riding — freestyle, touring, climbing, racing — and he hopes to highlight what happens around Revelstoke, a mecca for big mountain backcountry freestyle. Most of Vol. X was filmed around Revelstoke.
“I just want people to come out and have an idea of what we’re doing out there,” Evans said. “We’re all out here to get out there regardless of whether it’s on skis or snowboard or a [snowmobile].”
Evans thanks Derek Wood, Donvan Skelton and Nadine Overwater for their support over the past few seasons.
We didn’t get a chance to talk with Nadine Overwater before deadline, but her part is much anticipated. The snowmobile guide and La Nina sledcamp operator is a powerhouse in the snowboarding world, regularly earning cover spots and features in magazines.
Doors for the 509 Vol. X premiere at the Roxy open at 7 p.m. Nov. 19. The event is a fundraiser for Revelstoke Search & Rescue and features a raffle with lots of prizes. They’ll be bringing demo sleds into the theatre. Tickets are $10.