The Best Kind of Pipe Riding

February 10, 2014 | 8:23 pm | 1 comment »
There’s no such thing as bad weather - you just have to use your imagination. This was that kind of day. As we woke up, water was running through the streets and sun was burning awfully hot. When you go to rip backcountry in Japan you might consider this as a terrible day. And that’s exactly what it is if your up to riding pow, but for riding it’s not completely miserable.

There’s no such thing as bad weather – you just have to use your imagination. This was that kind of day.
As we woke up, water was running through the streets and sun was burning awfully hot. When you go to rip backcountry in Japan you might consider this as a terrible day. And that’s exactly what it is if your up to riding pow, but for riding it’s not completely miserable. photo: Sami Valikangas

As the Olympics were to go down we decided to give it our share. Since I’m a deputy for halfpipe in Finnish team I needed to practice too. We knew a spot where we could build a nineties style quarter. The kind of where the take-off is apart from the landing with a size of maximum four meters.

As the Olympics were to go down we decided to give it our share. Since for some reason I was chosen as a deputy for halfpipe in Finnish team I needed to practice too. We knew a spot where we could build a nineties style quarter. The kind of where the take-off is apart from the landing with a size of maximum four meters. photo: Sami Valikangas

There’s no such thing as bad weather - you just have to use your imagination. This was that kind of day. As we woke up, water was running through the streets and sun was burning awfully hot. When you go to rip backcountry in Japan you might consider this as a terrible day. And that’s exactly what it is if your up to riding pow, but for riding it’s not completely miserable.

Sounds funny and easy. So did we think, too. After six hours of building we didn’t feel so funny. And it wasn’t long before we noticed the landing was way too flat. That didn’t feel funny either. photo: Sami Valikangas

Again, we got hungry as we were building, and a mini qp wasn’t good enough after all. So we ended up getting way higher than we could take on this landing. We sure felted it on our limbs.

Again, we got hungry as we were building, and a mini qp wasn’t good enough after all. So we ended up getting way higher than we could take on this landing. We sure felted it on our limbs. The day was supposed to be a day off. But after several airs, flips and plants the day was again that far that we saw sun going down photo: Sami Valikangas

again, we were dead tired as we got ourselves back to Taku’s ”Grand Hotel”. But we were happy. Down days are not for feeling down. They can also be fun as hell.

Again, we were dead tired as we got ourselves back to Taku’s ”Grand Hotel”.
But we were happy. Down days are not for feeling down. They can also be fun as hell. photo: Sami Valikangas

 

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  1. yeah, maybe I should take my board and go to Paloheinä; after all we got 2 cm of white slush on the old rot last night :-)

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