Super stoked to land my newest double page cover in Japan.
Backside Snowboarding Magazine SNOWBOARDING MAGAZINE ISSUE 9
“20 TRACKS OF THE GREATEST RIDERS”
Footsteps of 20 riders who established a freestyle history,
“20 TRACKS OF THE GREATEST RIDERS”.
A book that is edited in order to tell to later generations and can’t express enough through internet. As we mentioned in our issue 07, “BURTON, SIMS, AND CRAIG KELLY ── Freestyle Onkochishin ──” , we have already passed roughly half a century since snowboard was born. Snowboarding was born to ride ‘freely’, not to compete, it created a freestyle culture while snowboarders, who have been obsessed with its value and devoted their lives, have passed their batons to each generation. We guess that their insatiable inquisitive mind made them do it. A lot of snowboarders started gathering in a vast snow untouched mountain called backcountry and on a street which wasn’t prepared for the riders to do tricks in order to study the rides, and to express themselves. Not only showing the possibility of riding, but also showing their skills as an art piece through films and photos became a work of professionals. On the other hand, Halfpipe was adopted as an official event since Nagano Olympics in 1998. 20 years since then, Slopestyle and Big Air became an official, and snowboarding became a major sport while more difficult tricks are demanded rapidly. However, we still have kept a certain value in a way to resist it. Artists who step on only around 150cm boards, and decorate a canvas called the earth at the risk of their lives. Do you know any other athletes who are determined to carry out their own esthetics and styles to compete? These scenes nowadays were created and deeply involved by 20 snowboarders who are introduced in this book. Just like a track on powder snow, having left their footsteps in a snowboard history while having showed their each individuality, crossed each other, and established a freestyle history. We pay the highest homage to them, and I would like share this amazing world with you on this volume.
Terje Haakonsen, Nicolas Müller, Travis Rice, Gigi Ruf, Shaun White, Eero Ettala, JP Walker, shaun palmer, Craig Kelly, Peter Line, Terry Kidwell, Noah Salasnek, Jamie Lynn, Bryan Iguchi, Devun Walsh, Tadashi Fuse, David Benedek, Kazuhiro Kokubo, Danny Davis, Mark McMorris
THE REASON ANNUAL 2019
I dedicate my newest cover to my godson Jesse Morice Schuler.
This was one of those days where everything came together perfectly …
I hadn’t been riding or shot any photos for a long time as I had spent the previous 7 months travelling through Australia, NZ and Asia. I was looking forward to getting back to the mountain to spend time with my friends, enjoying the snow, without any plans to shoot photos – although I’d still put my camera in my backpack, because you never know when an opportunity may come up.
Then I had some inspiration for what I thought would be a great shot, so I called my good friend Roger Schuler and asked if he wanted to shoot that weekend. Roger was due to become a father within a month, so I wasn’t sure if he’d be able to get time away. Luckily he said yes as he and his girlfriend Iris, were preparing a surprise for me, but more about that later.
On the Saturday we went to our local mountain Hoch-Ybrig to enjoy the slopes and carving around the mountain. As conditions softened up, we headed to the NBC Snowpark Hoch Ybrig. It was one of those days with an inversion – clouds in the valley, but blue sky above. As the day went on, the clouds climbed higher into the ski area.
At lunchtime, Roger said he wanted to eat at the Runway restaurant, which annoyed me a little as usually when the weather is nice we’ll sit in the chill area of the park to eat. We found a spot on the terrace, and after eating he pulled out an ultrasound image of his unborn son Jesse, which had a speech bubble coming from his mouth asking if I would be his godfather! I was so happy and of course I said yes right away! After such amazing news, we needed to celebrate with schnapps and beer, so we did just that.
After such a wonderful surprise we had some more runs and the cloud level just kept climbing. I wanted my shot to be at sunset, so at the end of the day we went to our spot and as we waited, we bridged the time with a couple of beers that Roger had been carrying in his backpack for this moment.
The sun went behind the mountain as I had imagined and the mist made the picture perfect – it was really not difficult to capture this unique moment. Once we had finished our shoot, the sun was fully set, the cloud layer was above us and it was pitch black. As we made our way back to the resort base, we could barely see our hands in front of our faces, but with a flashlight and a little more time than usual, we made it down.
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