Wappulounas on My Mind

May 14, 2016 by antti autti Category: Anttisworld 0 comments

Wappulounas might be the best thing that has ever happened to Finnish snowboarding. It’s a snowboarding festival where there’s always something going on 23,5 hours per day: you have obstacles that enquire imagination, epic commentators, best afterskis and superfun gigs. And no matter if you’re a rookie, oldie or pro you can ride everything there.

I was 13 when I had my first Wappulounas. This year was my 17th. I wanted to go there a year earlier, but my dad wasn’t too happy about it. So the next year we went there with my dad watching after us. It was amazing to ride with the best riders of Finland, I did my first 900 and I was stoked as the older guys gave me respect. Back then I didn’t know a thing about afterski, but it wasn’t long before I got introduced to it.

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The Rautavas drummer ¨Soy Nine¨ going all reggae ok during after ski. If you have never seen The Rautavas live then you should put it on your bucket list and come over to Ruka next spring!

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Go for it party boys! The normal thought that goes thru your head in Wappulounas goes something like this –> ¨Not sure if Im gonna be able snowboard today but Im for sure going to dance!¨

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Wappulounas afterskis are such fun way to spend the late afternoon . In my opinion they are the best parties during the weekend. People let loose and just go for it!

For me, Wappulounas was first just a way to get to ride with the best riders. Now it has a place in my heart. There I get to ride with all those friends I don’t see during the winter, but still there’s a whole lot more. It’s hard to explain how special it is. If you look aside you might get a glance of the joy all the near 100 riders have as their waiting for their turn. It’s rare to have such a feeling.

I think that some people might have a different view on Wappulounas. If you’re riding hard and partying hard you’ll be happy but tired after the event, and you might just wish you had Wappulounas every weekend. And if you’re there just for the parties, you’ll still be stoked. But I think that if you’re not taking the whole experience by riding, shaping or participating in some other way, you won’t get the same bond. That’s why I recommend to step off from your comfort zone and let it go.

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The Rautavas key member John Denmark never goes snowboarding without his electric guitar!

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Cradle of Rauli, the new feature for anyone to shred. Have a drink and let the dudes carve around you!

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Setup which Ruka ski resort & Wappulounas shapers build is always such a treat. There is crocodile gaps, banks, bonks & transitions. Finding lines is always the best part of the sessions and once you are able to get your speed dialed it really feels the best kind of park riding that there is.

This year I decided to approach Wappulounas like it was my first – and just focus on riding. It was nice to shred every day full throttle, although I think the whole experience calls for afterskis, gigs and side events. Those are the things that make it so unique and communal. Still I’m glad to say after 17 years it was nice to do something different. I’m 31 I have to admit that if I want to enjoy my riding I can’t enjoy that much the night before.

There’s no better indicator than Wappulounas to tell that Finnish snowboarding is doing better than ever. You can’t measure it from the count of medals or video parts. Our small country will always need such events where rider’s status means nothing: events where just a group of riders are shredding and partying together and wishing The Rautavas would be playing every day.

That’s why my love to Wappulounas is neverending.

all photos by: Iisakki Kennilä & Julius Konttinen

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