509 – Volume 9 – World Premier
The 509 Volume 9 Premiere was introduced to the world this past weekend in grand style at the Northern Quest Casino and Resort in Spokane, WA. The film itself was much anticipated, the crowd was thick, the majority of athletes were present and the venue was second to none.
The weekend started Thursday with several of the athletes and filmers rolling into town to take care of some catalogue shooting and interview segments for online athlete profiles. There was a busy schedule of go-carting, gun shooting, biking, boating and jet-skiing to be taken care of before the actual party on Saturday night. Eventually, the evening arrived, the doors opened and the public flooded the event. Athletes were all signing autographs, 509 was giving away piles of swag and live interviews went down with Chris Burandt, Keith Curtis, Dan Adams and Brett Turcotte on stage.
At 8 o clock, the curtain dropped and the film went live. I think I was as excited as anyone to see it for the first time. The film itself was outstanding, the editing and rider content just continues to progress with 509 each and every year. Volume 9 took a different format than regular rider specific segments. The film based the segments on locations this year and if memory serves me correctly, it moved through interior BC, to coastal BC, to Russia to Utah and maybe some other places that I can’t remember after only seeing it once. All the riders gathered in the beverage gardens to soak it in for the first time and it was pretty neat to see everyone get fired up on each others’ segments and sharing the love. After moving through the crowd when the film ended, it was equally evident that the public was just as stoked as the riders and the slow yearn for winter was felt across the room.
If you think that the party ended here, you would be wrong. But in fact, nobody would ever guess that a 509 gathering would end in such clean style. No, no, no. We all proceeded to the casino nightclub and although I would love to report fully on the shenanigans that ensued, it is very difficult. There is one thing you need to know about 5 star casinos in the US – that is, shot glasses hold approximately 4-5 oz of alcohol. No lie. The air was filled with continuous clinking of glasses and high fives and lot’s of love which this “509 family” is so well known for. Occasionally I saw a booty being shaken and the odd motorboat. Overall it was success all around, great film, great venue, great people and great party – now let the snow fly and let’s do it all over again.