There is little to no dialogue in the minute-and-a-half trailer for Burton’s new snowboarding film, One World, which released Tuesday. There doesn’t need to be.
Burton Team snowboarders hail from countries across the globe, from the U.S., Italy, Canada, Austria, Japan and more. They compete against each other on the World Cup circuit, in the Olympics and in contests like X Games, Dew Tour and Burton U.S. Open.
But when they’re together on their boards, with no medals at stake, none of that matters.
Burton developed and filmed One World to celebrate “the global connection we all share through our love of snowboarding, our respect for the environment and our desire to discover what’s next.”
But little could the 39 riders who filmed over 72 days have understood just how much that global connection would come to mean when the Covid-19 pandemic cut the competitive snowboarding season short and cut Burton Team riders around the world off from one another.
“In a normal year, it’s easy to take all these trips for granted,” says Canada’s Mark McMorris, who won back-to-back X Games gold medals in slopestyle and took bronze in slopestyle at both the 2014 Sochi Olympics and 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. “With winter ending early for many of us this year, I really missed the global snowboard community and all the friends I have around the world.”
Many Burton riders hail from the U.S. or Canada and can ride and train together regularly, whether it’s in California, British Columbia or Colorado. For those who live across the world, however, the lockdowns brought about by the spread of Covid-19 delivered a mountain of perspective.
“Being from New Zealand at a time like this has been a crazy thing,” says Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, who won bronze in big air at the 2018 Winter Olympics and the women’s slopestyle title at the 2019 World Championships.
“It has really made me sit back and think about how lucky we are to be able to jump on a plane and get anywhere we like to see family and friends and go snowboarding,” she continued. “One World has really made me appreciate the fact that no matter where you are from or where your local resort is, if you’re a snowboarder then you are one of us, part of this awesome community of like-minded people.”
Anna Gasser from Austria, who in 2018 became the first woman to land a cab triple underflip, feels similarly.
“Snowboarding unites us, no matter where we live” she says. “This shared passion makes us all a big family.”
In addition to celebrating the global bond they’ve forged through snowboarding, those involved in making One World also cherished the opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of Burton founder Jake Burton Carpenter,