Isolated in Japan

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Greetings from Niigata! Here we are waiting for weather and every day making plans. Yet they change every day because what forecast tells isn’t always what the morning brings. What can I say – weather changes rapidly.

By all odds, Niigata is one of the most promising places to ride in Japan. There’s so much different terrain here. But still, we couldn’t find a thing without my good friend and the best guide around Takumi Nagai. We’ve been with my filmer Matti Ollila here for a month by his wing, and it’s been great.

A good thing about Niigata is that here you don’t find any other western people. In a small distance you find famous resorts for park riding, but this area is just backcountry. People just don’t come here, because there’s no hotels or bars. So for us this is perfect! Locals are amazed by the spots we want to ride. We went to see the mayor and he couldn’t believe it’s great to film at his territory. He didn’t even know that the backcountry of Niigata is amazing.

We have still one week to go. Been waking up every day at five to get the best out of cold mornings. We try to find new spots from roadsides and film as much as we can.

Here are some photos from our times here.

Muikamachi & Tokamachi roadsides are perfect playground for freestyle-oriented free riding. Lots of obstacles to choose from - I like!

Muikamachi & Tokamachi roadsides are perfect playground for freestyle-oriented free riding. Lots of obstacles to choose from – I like! photo: Sami Välikangas

I was testing new Drake snowboards ¨Battle¨ and I must say it is honestly one of the best ones I’ve ever ridden. This baby is great toy for this terrain!

I was testing new Drake snowboards ¨Battle¨ and I must say it is honestly one of the best ones I’ve ever ridden. This baby is great toy for this terrain! Photo: Sami Välikangas

 Too deep.. It’s hard to believe but sometimes snow’s just too deep. But I don’t mind - snow is what I need!


Too deep..
It’s hard to believe but sometimes snow’s just too deep. But I don’t mind – snow is what I need! photo: Sami Välikangas

We were having some fun laps on a warm day in Hakkaisan, which is one of the best resorts around. My photographer and a good friend Sami Välikangas made a little edit of it. You’ll see it soon!

We were having some fun laps on a warm day in Hakkaisan, which is one of the best resorts around. My photographer and a good friend Sami Välikangas made a little edit of it. You’ll see it soon!

 

 

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