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ETM 01-20-2013 03:35 AM

Hokkaido road trip 2013
It starts here, sydney airport. Im off to Hokkaido solo for 6 weeks living in a van, chasing the snow, no fixed address.
I will be reporting in whenever I can get free wifi with pics and vids. . You can also add me to facebook . If anyone in the area wants to hook up drop me a pm or spacebook me.

dreampow 01-20-2013 06:41 AM

see you in the white room fella,

safe travels

NWBoarder 01-20-2013 12:01 PM

Facebook friend request sent. I love seeing snow pictures fill up my newsfeed. :)

RagJuice Crew 01-20-2013 03:09 PM

Have a blast ETM. Look forward to seeing how you get on (heading there in March so will hopefully be getting inspired), and how those beautiful boards ride!

WasatchMan 01-20-2013 06:46 PM

dude, have fun. sounds like a fucking dream

ETM 01-21-2013 01:33 AM

Cheers guys. Im now sitting in the lobby of rusutsu resort contemplating the nighta. Got my hire car all set up in the carpark lol.
I should get some vids tomorrow.

accuracy 01-21-2013 01:36 AM

Sounds like alot of fun, keep us posted.

ETM 01-21-2013 06:46 AM

So I went and did the nighta, couldnt help myself even after spending the previous 20 hours in transit. I took out one of my home build boards to test out, I hoped it would ride well but anything was possible, it could be an absolute plank I wouldnt have known till I lugged it 10,000 miles to strap in.
To my (almost) amazement the thing rides beautifully, it carves harder than the board I based the shape off (must be the camber difference) and the nose will not dive under no matter how I try. All in all its a huge success and an awesome feeling to gun down the hill on a stick I made myself.

Heres a few random pics, ok pics dont want to load so just the one for now.

dreampow 01-21-2013 07:29 AM

Welcome to Japan,

Good to hear the wood is good. Have a blast I am headed up to Nagano for 5 days tomorrow, looks like lots of snow:D.

ETM 01-22-2013 03:24 AM

Well its dry times here atm with everything tracked out, probably the worst ive seen it to be honest. That will change.

Avalanche conditions are green light so tomorrow I am going to take the splitboard up shiribetsu dake.

Here is a vid showing the board I built in action. It works pretty damn well.

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