Oatway Productions, owned and operated by Jessie Oatway, started out as a group of friends in Golden, BC who love to push themselves and one another as they grew up. Once Jessie got into filming, the overall progression of everyone, including himself, was almost unbelievable. The camera had given them a reason to push themselves even harder, "it seemed like 'stomp (the trick) or bail,' it was more rewarding to get to watch ourselves afterwards," says Jessie. It wasn't until they made a couple of crappy edits that people started to compliment their progression and ask when the next edit was going to be out. That's when they realized that this is more than just for them and their own progression, others could also find enjoyment in watching their lives. Their hobbies became their lives and even though work and school has now been separating them from their shredding time, when they get together, they are one of the most dedicated friend groups out there. The crew knows each other way too well and it goes to show; they feed off each other's energy and push one another to progress equally as one. These guys truly were born n' bred to shred. They film, edit and star in their own movies to inspire people and show them how easy and fun it can be to do what you love with your friends.
Owner, operator, rider, filmer, and editor
Jessie is the heart and soul of Oatway Productions. Jessie is very dedicated and passionate about documenting the progression of the crew. Every since high school he's been at it, pushing the crew to try new things and go to new spots, "all i had to do was bring the camera with me anytime we went out," says Jessie. Broken bones and all, you'll still find him out sledding in the back country or at the skatepark with his friends just so he can film their lines. If he's not snowboarding and filming, he's most likely building something to snowboard on or nerding out in front of his computer editing vids.
Rider, filmer, color corrector, editor
Born and raised in Calgary, AB, Jeff retreated quickly to Golden to "shred powder and wander in the forest full time." He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) because after years of making his own snowboard videos and documenting all their sketchy adventures, Jeff got right into filming and editing. "There is something really satisfying about manipulating reality with video, you know, cutting out all the boring stuff and just making all those perfect moments flow," he laughs. Jeff started snowboarding back in 1992 because he was really into skateboarding at the time. His favourite thing about snowboarding is straight-lining fluffy pillows, gapping moguls, and Japan airs. When he's not able to snowboard due to busted knee syndrome, Jeff likes "exploring the wilderness, tubing down rivers, filming wildlife, making animations, camping, traveling, attempting to surf, and staring blankly into space." Jeff likes riding and filming with Oatway Productions because "(it's) legit. Completely cut off from the Canadian snowboarding 'scene', the gritty, home made, D.I.Y. shred videos are growing up fast. Making feature long snowboard films on a budget of $-100.00, these boys and gals are heroically documenting a world of snowboarding that is uniquely their own. I'm stoked to be part of this cultish operation."
Rider, photographer, writer and proof reader
Jessica studied Applied Photography at Sheridan College for one year and realized photography wasn't really her thing. So she went traveling and after spending several months in Australia, found herself living in Golden, BC so she could snowboard on some "real mountains" and get a diploma in Adventure Tourism Business Operations. Still having some interest in photography, Jess brought her camera knowledge and love for adventure into Oatway Productions. "When I'm not taking pics of the boys doing their thing, they're usually forcing me to hit the big as fuck jumps they've built and do flips and shit haha... always pushing me, but it's good," says Jess.
Nick (Solid) Christian
Writer, Contributor and Kootenay Connection
Being born and raised in Mississauga ON, Solid experienced his first time surfing snow on a Sno-Thrasher which he got for christmas in the mid 90’s. Solid first started snowboarding in 2000 on a school trip, "I carved the balls off that mountain and even managed to land my first cliff drop ever; it was said to be 4 feet, but I swear it was 50," he recalls jokingly. Since then, he has grown to love the sport because "it’s experiencing the true moment that we are always living in, but aren’t quite tuned into 24/7 because of work, school, people, and life," explains Solid. Solid left Ontario for the mountains when he was 19 and hasn't looked back since. "I hopped on a train in Toronto and got off in Kamloops 3 days later at 1am. The next day, I applied to Sun Peaks Resort and started my shred-life career as a Lifty and the story unfolds. I now reside in Nelson, BC; the Kootenays. I can safely say that I will call this place home for a long time to come; the atmosphere, passion and vibe that the town and people create make it such an amazingly creative and exciting place to live," he says. Nick likes being a part of Oatway Productions because "it embodies everything I love about snowboarding, and life; getting together with great friends, getting each other incredibly stoked to go out and do that thing we all love to do so much. Beyond that, it is raw talent displayed in its truest form. The great atmosphere, coupled with the unconscious collective passion and drive of some of the best people in the world. Other than shredding, Solid enjoys music, ice fishing, sled adventures, creating, and fireside sing-alongs. ".............I love snowboarding; snowboarding makes me happy."