Chris Rasman has been making his mark in the Whistler backcountry since he was 18 years old, but it was when he linked up with the right crew under 'The Manboys' moniker he solidified himself as a force to be reckoned with. A decade of hit films was kickstarted by a WSSF Intersection win and an impressive list of accomplishments followed: feature-length films, award-winning web series, and the christening of the "Manboy Gap" in the Whistler backcountry (to name a few). And Rasman has stacked his own list of accomplishments: a pro-model with Lib Tech, producing a video with T-Rice, Natural Selection appearances, and multiple magazine covers.
Rasman is a real Canadian treasure, and Rip Curl has supported him for years. He was kind enough to chop it up with us about memorable Manboys moments over the past decade.
"Manboys was started shortly after the death of full length DVD snowboard movies, and amongst the departure of several big name snowboard production companies. We thought it was a good opportunity to not have a middleman and to make our own projects with more creative control. After a few successful years, our crew quickly solidified value to sponsors, and this gave us the confidence we needed to keep pushing forward. To be able to make a career out of snowboarding with your friends is something I will forever feel immensely grateful for. On top of that luxury, I would not be the snowboarder I am today without the Manboys. The camaraderie and teamwork that has been necessary for the success of the crew, has also elevated each of our skills and notoriety individually. This crew of riders means the world to me, and I am damn proud to say we've put out 10 projects together."—Chris Rasman
1. Finding, riding, and naming "Manboy Gap" (2014)
"It's hard to find new film-worthy jumps in the backcountry. Those perfect landings and gaps are not everywhere, and there are several pieces that need to come together for them to work. When Belzile and I found this thing, the potential was all there. We convinced the crew to spend the time on it, during a short and important seven-day Intersection film window. We lost our shit when that first hit worked perfectly. The following session was memorable. Rusty front 3 and front 7, both on the first try. Belzile back 7, and back 10. Myself, front 7 tail, and back rodeo 7. The front seven landed as a fold-out cover of Snowboard Mag later that fall and sealed the value of this jump in our minds."
Watch the rest of MB Season 1 here.
2. The Manboys Season Two: The Wrath of Lorenzo - Clip Highlight: Handdrag off a cliff (2015)
"This is the only time Pat Bridges has given me face to face props on a trick."
Watch the rest of MB Season 2 here.
3. Making our first full length film for iTunes, The Manboys Movie (2016)
4. Something by the Manboys - Clip Highlight: Method where the little Avy is chasing me (2017)
5. Selective Memory - Clip Highlight: Natty front 3 stale where I land close to the rocks (2018)
6. Umami - Clip Highlight: Back Double 1080, drone follow (2019)
7. Snowdance - Clip Highlight: Cab 9 on "Fury Gap" (2020)
8. Business Casual - Clip Highlight: Backside 7 indy on "Witches Tit' (2021)
9. Plank - Clip Highlight: Frontside double 10 on perfect jump (2022)
"Despite the fact that Mikey Rencz did this same trick there years before, this one is special to me because of the story around it. Before this, I had done two front double 10s in my life. One was an accident, and the other I wheeled out. So, I was travelling home from Natural Selection Jackson Hole. My car was in Seattle because I had just had COVID, so I wasn't allowed on an international flight, but I could fly within the states. Belzile gets a hold of me when I land at 8pm in Seattle and asks if I want to hit Perfect Jump the next day. He has multiple angles cued up, and the snows perfect. I raced back to Whistler, loaded up my sled and gear around 1 in the morning, and met the crew at the parking lot at 7am. It felt great to put this trick down, although I did want it with a nose grab instead... Sorry, Mikey."
10. Tango Echo November - Clip Highlight: Front 7 tail, nuking snow storm, rowdy pillow landing (2023)
"I love this clip because it was loose, first try, and in far away hike-only access zone. It took a lot of work to make this happen and it was different from the style of clips I usually try to get. I like that it's off of/into pillow stacks and that I had to whip it around and barely hold onto the landing. It probably wouldn't have landed it if it wasn't 4 feet deep."
Congrats to Chris and the rest of the Manboys on 10 years strong!
If you're trying to rock the same kit as Rasman, you're gunna want to grab the Back Country 30K/40K Jacket from Rip Curl.
Thank you Rip Curl for the images!