We are all products of our environment. In Finland it means that snowboarding in the mountains is almost as rare as catching waves in baltic sea. Not too many people do it. When I was growing up all I wanted to do was to learn new tricks. I hated watching big mountain riding & I would always fast forward every section of movie that included lines. When I began to ride backcountry, I needed to start think differently about my snowboarding. Suddenly it was not only about take off, airtime & landing. Riding in the mountains opened my eyes to what having flow in your riding really means. You can challenge yourself in so many ways while riding steeps mixed with airtime. But what really makes natural terrain riding the best is the fact that you have to live in the moment & be aware of everything that surrounds you.
Past season was one the best I’ ve had in the mountains. Lot of it was because I gave myself an opportunity to focus only one thing, turning. Even though turning on a snowboard might look simple in fact it is very difficult to master. Standing on top of the line will always make you think the first thing you have learned in snowboarding.
Press play, crank the volume up & enjoy my full part!