4 Down Project 2021

The fourth edition of the IMA's mountainbord video contest is on its way!

Welcome to this yearโ€™s 4 Down Project! We would like to introduce you to this yearโ€™s international video competition. The 4 Down Project was started to create the most current mountainboard content, showcase athletes from around the world, give teams a platform to promote their progression, and inspire the mountainboard community to do the same.

As seen with last yearโ€™s projects the format has been adjusted because of the pandemic. Take a look at this yearโ€™s format below:

The edits will be premiered online on August 16th, 2021. The contest will be athlete-judged (online voting) after the premiere and there will be a 1st - 4th ranking. There will be a cash purse. The edits will be posted online immediately after the premiere to show everyone the hard work all contestants have been putting into their edits.

The contestants

Contestants are:

  • Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท (James Gonzรกlez Valle, Marco Dixon, Giancarlo Navas, Rolando Chinchilla Dinarte)
  • South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (Quisto van Greunen ,Court Gibson, Skollie Skolwani)
  • Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ (Marco Dahler, Dave Hutter)
  • Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ (Roman Sauliak, Anton Khimenko, Andrii Kytseliuk)

Get to know the teams

We asked the teams to give us a little history and description of what mountainboarding looks like in their respective countries. Here are their answers:

Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท

Mountainboarding was brought to Costa Rica by a North American named Chad Crow in the early 2000โ€™s. Ever since then we saw athletes from the US as role models. Looking up to them we took inspiration and started this awesome lifestyle.

From being a small crew starting with local competitions, to growing in numbers, to meeting new athletes, to riding with our own mountainboard heroes personally. Thatโ€™s where this incredible sport has taken us.

We have traveled as a team to compete, share, and join the mountainboard communities in Colombia and Brazil. Bringing back not only great memories, but also experience and ideas to continue building something important in our own country. Weโ€™ve also ridden in Costa Rica with our friends from Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and France in the first Central American Championship. Which you may have seen and gave us more exposure in the international mountainboard scene.

South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Mountainboarding in South Africa is still very underground, just the way we like it. We have a handful of riders in Mpumalanga, South Africa and the movement is growing strong. Loads of ladies have been taking up the sport in the last couple of years as well. South Africa is a beautiful country and has some incredible freeride terrain.

Each year we have a gathering called Dirty Dayz. This is a weekend of riding and partying to live music; a complete mestival!

Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

Mountainboarding has existed in Switzerland for over 20 years. However it has always been a niche sport. Mountainboarders in Switzerland ride mainly bike downhill trails, flow trails, on grass ski lifts, pump tracks or alpine roads. Descents can be very long and steep, so it can be beneficial to have a brake with you.

95% of swiss athletes ride a mountainboard with brakes. Marco and Dave hate brakes. This film will showcase why brakes make sense in the Swiss Alps and why Marco and Dave sweat blood when they ride without them.

Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

The first mountainboard came to Ukraine in the late 1990s in the hands of Serhiy Chervinsky, an action sports enthusiast from Kyiv. Athletes of this generation first learned about the sport from Chervinsky's articles in "X3M" magazine. As well as a video of the Tartak band "Kozhnetilo", where Serhiy rides across Khreshchatyk on his board.

Mountainboarding did not gain much popularity in Ukraine in the early 2000โ€™s. In 2008, mountainboard communities began to appear in Dnipro, Kyiv and Poltava. After connecting through snowboard forums and ICQ, the first meeting was held in Kyiv. There were athletes from Kyiv, Dnipro, Donetsk and Poltava. Afterwards, meetings in various cities of Ukraine became regular and the first forum of the Ukrainian mountainboard scene was created. In the following years there were many contests. The mountainboard Cups of Ukraine, Karavan Big Air and Z games were held.

In recent years, the popularity of the sport has declined. But in Dnipro and Kiev there is a community that continues to ride, go to races and shoot videos.

The guidelines

The guidelines are:

  • Project starts on May 1st, 2021
  • The edit can be no longer than 8 minutes
  • A one-minute trailer must be supplied by July 1st, 2021
  • Filming ends August 1st, 2021
  • World Premiere on August 16th, 2021

Updates in IMA newsletter

4 Down Project updates will be posted in the IMA newsletter

  • May: Announcement
  • June: Updates
  • July: Trailers
  • August: Premiere

All contestants have access to, and ride different terrains. Take that freedom to express what mountainboarding means to you. Athletes may be spread all over the globe but we share something special in common!

Previous 4 Down Project editions