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DVD Review: The Truth by Liquid Force/Justin Stephens

If ever there was a movie that makes you want to ride, this is it. It starts out strong with the production of a Watson board, and breaks into Ben Greenwood's best section yet. He pokes out indy toeside 7's like never before, has the biggest pete rose I have ever seen, and the hi-speed cameras capture it perfectly. Mike Ennen takes the second slot, and he has stepped it up considerably since Relentless. His huge spinning is backed by beautiful northwest scenery in vibrant color, and it makes for a great contrast, making everything stand out more than it already does. Tino Santori has one of the most impressive shots and one of the most impressive moves in the entire movie. His section opens with a toeside 900 shot with a hi-speed camera and is beautifully edited, and finishes with a huge heelside 9.

The mixed section features some impressive unknown and up-and-coming riders as well as Melissa Marquardt. Aaron Aubrey adds a refreshing touch of west-coast wrap spinning to the mix and there are impressive showings from Mikey Marsh and Harley Clifford as well.

Harrington's section is a nice deviation from the norm for a wakeboard film. It does a good job of showing the viewer a different side of him. The surfing shots are an impressive addition, placed right against one of the most poked out indy tantrums I have ever seen.

Liquid Force has built an impressive wakeskate team and it shows. Philip Basino is super consistant, and Schoenals pokes grabs out like he's strapped in. We even get a glimpse of the new split-deck in action with a super slow-mo shot of Silas Thurman's backside bigspin. Kyle Walton closes the section with a sick wake to wake kickflip.

Henshaw never ceases to impress. He has some of the biggest doubleup footage in the whole production, with huge blind landings and a beautiful indy glide. Amber wing's section is superbly edited and provides significant evidence to the fact that she is one of the best female riders out there right now, and finishes strong with footage of the only 720 ever landed by a girl.

The split section between Aaron Reed and Gregg Necrason flows perfectly. Reed pops a huge frontside 3 to the flats off a doubleup to open the segment, and the sick wakeskating is backed up by Necrason's smooth skate-like style. Reed truly shows his skill in this section with an excellent poked method and various other physics-defying moves, as well as the ridiculous gap to back lip at the end of the section. Hampson comes through strong as well with super clean backside 180s and solid landings.

Keith Lyman proves why he doesn't have any knees: everything he does lands ridiculously far in the flats. This man knows how to impress and doesn't hold back at all. Watch for his back mobe to the flats. Actually, that's not really necessary, because there is no way you'll miss it. Phil Soven follows directly after, and he has one of the more visually appealing parts in the video. The hi-speed nuclear whirly 5 at the beginning is stunning. A blind pete off the doubleup and his signature whirlydick (whirlybird to handlepass backside 360 for those who don't know) re-affirm why he is such a popular rider right now, but just in case that isn't enough there's a method mobe 5 thrown in there asw well.

The Truth finishes with a fitting segment. It is stupid to even ask for more than Liquid Force's two flagship riders, Shawn Watson and Shane Bonifay in a joint section. Shane continues to do what he does best with the cleanest nosepress in the business on a down sloping rail, backed up by solid spinning and a huge pete rose. Watson brings a lot to the table as well with his classic balled-up spinning style and a huge 900. He also has a bigger ollie then most people would imagine, demonstrated with clean dockslides and an abnormally large backside 180 over a rock.

Justin Stephens and the Liquid Force team are a perfect combination. Everyone from the favorite old faces to the new additions goes huge. The amazing riding is perfectly complimented by Stephen's innovative camera work and flawless editing. If you watch one wakeboarding DVD this year, make it The Truth.

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Review by Chris Tipping

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