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A day in Japan. Niseko and Otaru.

Here is a little video I made while on a day off in Japan. We rode park at Hanazono (Niseko) and then went on a road trip to Otaru. I will do a proper post soon, but currently hung over from a night out in Sapporo.

February 1st 2013. Japan.
Nick and I did the usual morning drive from Kutchan to Hirafu. Had a nice relaxed game of pool (I think he won but we were both having an awful game and were both happy when it was finally over!).

From Our “office” we then headed over to the Gondola in Hirafu, then up Swinging Monky 2 seater chair. From the top of Swining monkey we had to straight line down to the park at Hanazono. There are some long long flats which can kill on a snowboard! The snow is good right now by international standard but not by Japowpow measuring sticks with no big snowfalls in the last week. The light was in and out as was the snow. I have been wanting to go film for ages but have been tied up with work etc etc so it was nice to finally get the glidecam out on to the snow with a rider to film. We had a bout 3 or 4 laps through the park which has some nicely shaped jumps and a few rails and boxes. It seems a little spaced out in between hits but once the pipe is shaped properly the whole run will be wicked: Pipe into jumps into rails… nice!

After awhile hunger got the better of us and we came back via the Hirafu park. Once home our other housemate Joe arrives back and we decided as it was still early that we’d go on a random road trip to Otaru. Having past the ocean on the train last week we were keen to explore a little in this area.

Hangin out the window with the glidecam was fun if a little scary!

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The best job ever…

So I’m heading to Japan in 2 days. They have had over 2 meters of snow already this season. That is a lot! While I’m there I am going to be traveling and also teaching snowboarding. I love snowboarding for so many different reasons. The view alone is often enough to make you get up early, but the rush of dropping in to a big jump, the thrill of finding a new untracked line, secret pow stashes, funny chair lift rides with mates, the reward of landing a new trick or slaying mogul fields after working on down unweighted turns…. all of these things alone would make it worth it. But together, the whole package is just unreal. It makes me laugh when I’m asked if I am going to get a real job. In an office. working for 50 weeks a year to maybe do a week of riding… just not for me. I love every single run every single day out on the mountain.

So, how did I get here? Well I took a course with the Rookie Academy in Wanaka New Zealand. It gave me the skills to get where I am today. But dont just take my word for it, this is a video I made about the rookie courses, interviewing other ex students.

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Best Day of the 2012 winter season? Its a big call.

So. Last Monday Treble Cone had 50 plus cms of heavy snow. We thought it was going to be the last dump. In fact I called the video from that day Late Season Dump. And you can see it here:

Late season DUMP! from Treble Cone on Vimeo.

However, during Saturday and into Saturday night, it was raining cats and dogs in town, and cold too…
The forecast was for cloud and rain and snow showers. All things that point to a day editing rather than filming. But I diligently got up early and sussed the situation out. It was clearing… and sunny.

Got up to TC ASAP to capture one epic run of flips and spins on the front side. Once I had had a taste of how LIGHT and DRY the snow was got to the bottom, put the camera way and went and got some! BOOM!

Here is the edit from that day…

Best Day of 2012? Riders and Sliders last day. from Treble Cone on Vimeo.

I ended up getting a couple of laps int he saddle basin before coming back to work in home basin filming the last day of riders and sliders. This is a 10 week program that runs on Sundays. School kids in lessons parents skiing.

Once I had enough footage of that, I once again put the camera away and rode for myself. I landed 2 tame dogs aka nollie front flips off the sides of easy rider which was the first time. I also was busting out my new Burton Ante Up jacket that I got cheap as chips for $99 on www.lastseason.co.nz – i have nothing to do with them other than buying a $269 USD jacket for $106 NZD delivered.

You can see all the videos I have made this 2012 winter here.

And you can see all the Treble Cone videos I have made here.

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New Zealand Snowboarder Magazine Banked Slalom video.

Snowboarders do like to race, especially if it is the 20th Annual Banked Slalom at Treble Cone!

New Zealand Snowboarder Magazine Banked Slalom from Treble Cone on Vimeo.

Was an awesome day, first sunny day for the event in a while. Was epic to see unknown Antoine Blaizeau smash the competition by 18 seconds! 2nd,3rd, 4th and 5th were all within 1sec of each other and he was well ahead!

Here is the other recent edit from Treble Cone.

Saddle Sunny Days from Treble Cone on Vimeo.

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Dave crashes on a freeboard.

Freeboarding, it is just like snowboarding. Yeah right! but it kinda is…. so Dave set off down Mt Norquay road at speed….

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