Last summer, Windells was invaded by Gremlinz, the awesome, snowboarding, friendly kind of Gremlinz, that is. This crew of snowboarders who go by the moniker shared by 1980′s movie, but spelled differently, of course, lives in Tahoe, transplants from Vermont who were drawn to the sun, mountains, and parks of the West Coast. They have their own film company, Green Bandit Productions (better known as GBP), which has been producing movies and edits for years, and now they are making their own snowboards, too. During Session 5 last summer, the Gremlinz were one of the friendliest, most excited groups of snowboarders at Windells. They were so stoked to hang out with campers and brought tons of prizes from GBP and JSLV. The biggest game of Capture the Schwag, ever, was played, too. All in all, the Gremlinz’s unique style of comradery and excitement was a great addition to Session 5. We’re stoked to see them again next summer and now that’s even easier because they recently purchased a bus, perfect for Gremlinz road trips. Niko Cioffi filled us in on the details.
So, you guys bought a school bus. How did this come about? Had you been looking for a large vehicle to transport everyone or did it just kind of happen?
Well, basically we talked about it and joked how cool it would be. Then, I came back from a long Reno night and everyone was up talkin’ about this bus in Salt Lake, and how if we bought it, we could go to Denver with everyone and premiere the movie. It all seemed to just fall into place
Where are the seats in the bus?
It’s an 86 passenger diesel bus. We ripped out like eight rows of seats and put in couches. In the long run, we are building bunk beds and going to try to get a woodstove and some flatscreens. Get it all proper and biodiesel in the near future.
What is the plan for the Gremlinz bus (is that the name)?
No official name yet. Our latest hashtag for it is the #gremlinzbus. I’m sure a name will come around after a couple roadtrips.
Is Tyler Lynch going to do a mural on the bus?
Tyler Lynch will be doing the whole ceiling inside the bus and I think we may be getting it wrapped on the outside. It’s up in the air right now.
Did you have the Denver tour premiere set up before you guys bought the bus? or did that happen because/after you bought the bus?
They asked us beforehand to do the premiere and none of us have partied in Denver, so we all wanted to go. But, there was no way to get there. Then, the bus came around three days before. It was all fate.
So, you guys just took the bus out on its first tour. Where exactly did you go and what did you guys do?
We started from Salt Lake and did a day skatepark tour with Stevie Bell and Cam Pierce. Then, went to the Givin premiere in SLC that night. Then, we mobbed to Denver for our premiere, visited Redrocks, and skated the most amazing park called Arvada. Then, we sent it from Denver to Tahoe non-stop to end the trip.
And lastly, will the bus come to Windells next summer for Gremlinz week?
The bus will most definitely be at Windells full of Gremlinz and JSLV stuff for the kids next summer. That’s gonna be such an amazing trip, mobbin’ the Oregon Coast.
Make sure to check out Gremlinz 2: The Refried Batch and keep up to date on the Gremlinz bus with hashtag #gremlinzbus. Follow @gbpgremlinz, too.