Update October 4, 2016: Get your VR viewers ready! GoPro has released another exclusive clip, this time in 360 degrees. Ride along with Travis Rice as he makes a descent through some incredible powder. The clip was shot entirely on GoPro’s Omni multi-camera rig, which retails for $5,000 with six Hero4 Black cameras included. As with all 360-degree content, we recommend watching with a VR headset or on your phone, although the Chrome browser will do in a pinch.
Update September 13, 2016: GoPro just shared a brief clip from “Rice’s Raw Files” that shows him dropping in on a gnarly line. It’s short, but will give you yet another reason to get stoked for the full film. Here’s the clip:
Snowboarding fans have been waiting nearly five years for a new film from acclaimed pro rider Travis Rice. Since his last film, The Art of Flight, was released in 2011, there has been little in the way of new videos from Rice, but GoPro has finally released the first footage from his upcoming film, The Fourth Phase.
The two-and-a-half-minute trailer reveals some incredible point-of-view action, all shot in 4K on GoPro Hero4 Black cameras.
Perhaps the most anticipated snowboarding film of all time, The Fourth Phase follows Rice as he attempts to tackle the world’s largest lines in locations around the globe, from Alaska to Japan to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, according to a GoPro blog post. Joining Rice on the adventure is a long list of accomplished riders, including Mark Landvik, Eric Jackson, Bryan Iguchi, Pat Moore, and many others. GoPro believes the film will set a new benchmark for sports videos.
The film has been three years in the making, easily surpassing the two-year production schedule for The Art of Flight. If this trailer is any indication, the new film will undoubtedly be worth the wait. It will include POV footage of Rice’s first descent down what’s now known as “The Crack,” a narrow passage between two large rock faces in Alaska that won “line of the year” after skier Cody Townsend ran it in 2015. Rice was actually the first person to ride it, but has been sitting on the footage, waiting for the debut of The Fourth Phase.
As exciting as the trailer is, itself, it only serves to further whet the appetite of snowboarding fans. Fortunately, the full video is little more than a month away, with an exclusive premiere scheduled for October 2 on Red Bull TV. For more information, stay tuned to the film’s official website.