They say each photo is worth a thousand words, but behind each one there’s a story of their own. I want to tell you the tale behind these three, because I really think they have something to say. After reading my stories I would really like to hear yours!
I recently met a finnish guy at Sapporo Airport who asked me if I’m getting rich by what I’m doing. Pretty typical question really… The only way to answer this is that isn’t it the greatest wealth that I can do what I love and share it with my friends. Nothing comes for free and sacrifices must be made, but success is not measured by the amount of money in your bank account, its more about the smile on your face. Make your dreams your goals, work hard at them and you’ll get there. photo: Jani Kärppä
There aren’t many sunny days during the season when the snow conditions are right and the pressure can build up to be quite a big one. So with this in the back of our minds we went to look for kicker spots close by the resort of Riksgränsen. After a long search we found a perfect place for a corner and immediately started building the take off. First try the speed was a bit scarce even though I pointed it from the top. I didn’t make it to the landing. Sun was starting to turn away from the spot and I felt frustrated. Photographer Jani Kärppä convinced me to go once more, the light was going to be just right for the second try. I hiked up, strapped in and pointed it. I was pumping every bit of speed on the way down and on the take off I felt I’m going to loose my legs on the compression of the steep kicker. Some how I managed to stay with it, get to the landing and stomp it. I was sooo stoked. A perfect example that giving up is not an option, sometimes you just have to work a little harder to get things done! photo: Jani Kärppä
We wont head to the big mountains unless I’m 100% sure that the team is solid and we have clear goals. On this particular trip our target was to ride big lines fast, so it was very risky business. Unique opportunities like this rarely arise, so everything had to be solidly planned when it was GO TIME. We need to be able to control the risks and variables, but one thing we can’t control is our beloved mother earth. Freeriding is somewhat of a gamble of conditions and plans need to be adjusted daily. I guess thats part of the excitement and reward when everything goes right. While we are filming the next day is always somewhat of a mystery. photo: Rami Hanafi