While the crew continued to wait for La Nina to come back, we loaded up the sleds and made a journey up onto Mt. Baker in search of some freshies. We were able to session some super fun natural hits up high on the volcano and even send the sleds off some hits as well.
Soon after that, La Nina came back in a BIG way, burying the whole state of Washington in that fluffy stuff. While Kitzke made use of the snow that shut down the cities, Tommy, Shaw, and Hiro made a trip up to Red Mountain in Rossland, British Colombia to meet up with the likes of Hanah Beaman, Brenden Swanson, Megan Ginter, and Todd Kirby. While up in Beautiful British Colombia the crew found some nipple deep pow and even some fun Urban spots. Thanks to our super rad guide Canadian Mike, aka Mike Cole, the crew had a blast and even came home with a few new tricks up their sleeves!
Meanwhile the snow is still coming down up here in the Pacific Northwest, so I'm gonna stop writing about this episode and go pack my gear and get ready to stack tomorrow in the back country!
Austin Hironaka, Teddy Koo, Alex Cantin and Nick Hyne rip around Japan for two weeks riding everything from ghetto parks, gullies, trees but mostly powder. We documented most of the trip with a GoPro backed up by a Canon 7d and the results allowed us to basically never stop and make turns the entire time. No building stopping and setting up this trip was about "Lets just Ride Japan"
Footage featured in this edit includes resorts around the Japanese Alps of Hakuba and Nagano Prefecture on the main island and resorts around Niseko on the north island of Hokkaido. Some of the resorts include Hotaka Bokujo, Hakuba Sanosaka, Niseko Hanazono, Annupuri, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Teine. We had a lot of fun on this trip and really enjoyed the new places and friends we made along the way.
We love Japan and with the disasters that have struck Japan so soon after our return home it was a heart breaking reality of how small and fragile this world we live in really is. Please continue your support of the relief effort for Japan. Donations can be arranged through redcross.org
Alright, here is our first movie called Levity. We've been shooting around Europe, Turkey, Japan, Canada and the USA for it and we had great conditions everytime. Enjoy the movie as it's completely free and stay tuned for more podcasts and a new movie after next season!
Levity a Film by Marc Vaudroz with Tyler Chorlton and Gérome Mathieu starring Valérian Ducourtil, Johann Baisamy, Ethan Morgan, Kevin Backstrom, Martin Gallant, Kareem El Rafie, Mati Radaelli, Christian Weber, Gaetan Chanut and Friends.
Presented by Apo
Supported by Vans, Nike, Burn, Vonzipper
Media partners: Method, Onboard, Fluofun
Whistler is probably one of the best place to shoot snowboarding and specially when you can snowmobile. So we decided to fly over there in march. Martin Gallant "The Godfather" was our guide. He knows all the spots and he is a really good sledder which really helped as some of us never sleded before. The crew was made of Gérome Mathieu, Valérian Ducourtil, Johann Baisamy, Tyler Chorlton and Kareem El Rafie. As the weather around whistler is always changing, we had a lot of days where we couldn't go up with the sleds. So we spent our time with different other activities such as dirt biking, buggy riding, argo riding, chilling partying and even surfing in the cold ocean!
In the end we spent 2 month there and it was really fun. We can't wait to go back there next year. Ho yeah we also managed to shoot some snowboarding for our movie and a few other shots that you can see in this podcast.