私のことをよく知る友人は、スノーボードが私の人生の中でトップに位置することを知っている。もちろん、ロングボードもとても好きだが、私にとってのスノーボードはもう一つ上の楽しみになっている。実際、ロングボードでダウンヒルを始めたのも、夏なのにスノーボードの感覚を味わえるというのが理由の全てだ。スノーボードが私の人生の中でそれほどの大部分を占めているので、このレポートを書く事を選んだ。写真はすべてサムスンのギャラクシーS6で撮影した。

English Translation: Friends that know me best know that snowboarding is at the top of my list.  Yes, I like longboarding a lot, but for me snowboarding is next level enjoyment. In fact, the entire reason I started riding skateboards down hills is because to me it felt like snowboarding, but in the summer.  Since snowboarding was such a huge part of my life, I chose to report on it.

Everything shot on my Samsung Galaxy S6.

THANKS to Kandatsu Kogen, Yuzawa Town, Niigata!!

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このレポートを書くにあたり、英語を勉強している友人のために少し文章の構成を変更した。ライダーのみんながもしこちらの方が気にいったら、私たちに知らせてほしい。あなたたちのフィードバックを大切にする。

For this report, I’ve changed the structure a little for my friends that are studying English.  If riders like this style better, please let us know. Your feedback is important to us.

私が18歳でバンクーバーに移り住んだ時、私はその愛したスポーツをする金銭的余裕がなかった。

When I moved to Vancouver when I was 18, I could not afford to do the sport I loved so much.

その代わり、私はロングボードを買い、パーツを最高級のものに変更し、友達に電話をして、そしてついにセッションした。

The alternative, buy a longboard, modify it with high end parts, call up your friends,  and finally, session.

その年から先は、私は振り返らなかった。スノーボーダーとロングボーダーとしての人生だ。

From that year forward, I never looked back.  Snowboarder and Longboarder for Life.

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Baneo WatanabeとMacoto Iwamitsu,そしてKumiko Inaと駐車場で合流し、神立スキー場に向かった。私は最高にハッピーだった。予定では、プロライダーのKeiji Masudaとその友人たちと会うことになっていた。去年のスライド・ジャムで初めてMasudaと会ったの時、私は彼と滑ろうと決めていた。今回日本で滑るのは2回目で、私はやる気満々だった。ギアは古いものと新しいもののミックスで、私の興奮は天井をも超えるほどだった。ただ一つ不安だったのが、「私の体は持つだろうか、プロについて行けるだろうか?」ということだった。

When Baneo Watanabe, Macoto Iwamitsu and Kumiko Ina and I hooked up for a carpool to Kandatsu I was beyond happy.  The plan was to meet Pro Rider Keiji Masuda and friends. When I first met Mr.Masuda at last years Superhill Slide Jam, I vowed to hit the slopes with him.  This time was my 2nd time riding in Japan and I felt more than ready. I had old gear mixed with new gear and my excitement was through the roof! The only uncertainty I had was, “would my body hold up so I could keep up with the pros?”

これが私の新潟での一日の写真だ。スキー場は、私が今まで感じたことがないほどの強風だった。滑っている写真が多くないのはこのためだ。いずれにせよ、私たちはすでに次のトリップを計画中だ!たった1日でこんなに楽しい。

Here’s some pics from my day Niigata.  The peak of got hit with the strongest winds I have ever felt.  Because of this, there are not too many riding shots.  Either way, we’re already planning our next trip! Too much fun for 1 day only.

まずは一番最初から始めよう。

I’ll start from the beginning.

Protein

Protein

Carbs

Carbs

Caffeine

Caffeine

Protein, Carbs, Caffeine

Protein, Carbs, Caffeine

Inside the Car

Inside my Car, no snow tires unfortunately

Transfer to Baneo's Car

Transfer to Baneo’s ride

So stoked I needed to do a selfie with my new Revolt Goggles

So stoked I needed to do a selfie with my new Revolt Goggles

New Flux Binding!!

New Flux Binding!!

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A little chat before the 2.5 hour Drive

A little chat before the 2.5 hour Drive

Set up the Complete while waiting

Set up the Complete while waiting

My feet are gonna love my new Cushy Flux Straps

My feet are gonna love my new Cushy Flux Straps

Board Porn Pic #1 - 2015 Loaded Algernon

Board Porn Pic #1 – 2015 Loaded Algernon

First sign of snow

First sign of snow

Getting Busy

Getting Busy

Almost there

Almost there

Otsukarasama desu! Baneo, Macoto and Kumiko - Wednesday Crew!

Otsukarasama desu! Baneo, Macoto and Kumiko – Wednesday Crew!

Moments from meeting the crew

Moments from meeting the crew

9時着の予定だったが、私たちは10:30に到着した。私も含め、それで誰も困ってはいないようだった。私たちは駐車場で合流して、それぞれ自己紹介を済ませ、恒例のグループショットを撮影した。さあ、すべる時間だ。10:30から最初の休憩までの写真だ。

Our plan was to arrive at 9.  We arrived at 10:30.  This didnt seem to bother anyone, including me.  We met up in the parking lot, exchanged introductions and did a ceremonial group shot.  It was time to ride.  These are some photos from 10:30am until our first break.

Snowy windy parking lot meet up

Snowy windy parking lot meet up

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Homeschool Crew – Baneo Watabe (green) & Keiji Masuda (Blue)

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1st Chair Lift view – The Lodge and the parking lot in the distance

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Riders Pointing out their lines, maybe

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Transfer to the quad chair in the distance

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Strapping In at the Top

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Crazy winds – Everybody Clears Out

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Really happy these Revolt Goggles had the perfect lens for today’s riding. Made in Japan Everyone!!!

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1st Run Done. Damn, my legs are feeling it!

私たちの最初の滑りは完了した。この時点で、私は興奮で有頂天だった。そして自然と私は私たちクルーのギアの写真を撮り始めた。

Our first run is done.  At this point I’m delirious with excitement.  So naturally I start snapping gear shots of our crews boards.

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おそらく今までで最短の休憩だったが、私は大丈夫だった。いくつかの事が私をスノーボードよりも幸せにし、出来る限りたくさんの感謝に浸りたかった。平日に行くのは人が少なくて良い。

Probably the quickest break I have ever taken but I was ok with that. Few things make me happier than snowboarding so I wanted to soak in as much gratitude as possible.  The nice thins about going Mid-week is the lack of people.

Empty table , Oh hell ya

Empty table , Oh hell ya

Quick warm Up

Quick warm Up

This is the Lodge we are in

This is the Lodge we are in

Homeschool Pro Riders are more than ready

Homeschool Pro Riders are more than ready

一日がとても早かった。私たちにとってあまりに短く、もっと滑りたくなった。

Our day happened so quickly.  Much too short for those of us that wanted to do more runs.

Kandatsu Niigata Snowboarding SkateSlate Last Run

Baneo and me , happy with a good day of riding

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Gear Selfie Loaded Algernon, Flux Binding and 686 Pants  Burton Ion Boots

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As you can see, the snow was almost like hail at one point. Not good for filming and photos. No problem though, I’ll be back.

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Keiji Masuda (blue) wants to do more runs! Ryosuke Abe (brown) always ready!

うえの写真を見てもらえれば、Keijiがもっと滑りたがっているのがわかると思う!

As you can see in the pic above, Keiji wants to ride much more!

いつものように、多数決でラーメンを食べに行くことに決定した!ここからはすべてラーメン!

As usual, the vote was to go get Ramen! This next section is all about Ramen!

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Our Ride

Kandatsu Niigata Snowboarding SkateSlate Bye Bye

Bye Bye Kandatsu

Kandatsu Niigata Snowboarding SkateSlate Ramen #1

Ramen Stop #1

Kandatsu Niigata Snowboarding SkateSlate Ramen #2

This was our Ramen Choice since we ate a little later than group 1

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huh??

私たちは家に帰る前にご馳走を食べた。しかしその前に、KeijiをサポートするTrickstarに立ち寄った。

We ate a big feast before the ride home.  But before that, we needed to stop by Keiji’s big supporter, Trickstar.

そこにいる間、このショップに定期的に通いたいと感じた。

While I was there I felt like this is a shop I would like to visit regularly.

ギアはホントにトップクラスで、私はここに行ってみるのをおすすめする。私たちはこのいかしたショップの紹介をすぐにするだろう!

The gear was really top notch and I recommend if you’re in the are to go check it out.  We’ll be doing a Shop Profile on these rad dudes very soon.

Homeschool Japan,Loaded Snow,Flux Bindings,Revolt Sunglasses,そしてこの日あったすべてのクールな人たち、本当にありがとう。数週間後には、動画もSkateSlate JapanのFacebookに投稿するよ!

Special thanks to Homeschool Japan, Loaded Snow, Flux Bindings, Revolt Sunglasses and all the cool people I met that day. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting a video on SkateSlateJapan Facebook as well!

言うまでもなく、次も楽しみだ!

Needless to say I’m excited for our next ride!

Kandatsu Niigata Snowboarding SkateSlate Special Revolt Goggles Made In Japan

Excited to try out the Polarized Lens Next!!

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Keiji can skate this park on his Arbor Longboard too!!

Kandatsu Niigata Snowboarding SkateSlate Special Thanks Trickstar

Thanks Trickstar! We’ll be back for sure!

Kandatsu Niigata Snowboarding SkateSlate Special Thanks

Stickered!

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DanPape

Dan Pape raced Danger Bay 1 to 10, organized Team Colabo, Co-Produced/Directed&Co-Edited The Fellowship of the Bearing then Co-Founded Skate[Slate] in 2010.

Launched in 2013, Skate[Slate] Japan is his most recent project. Check it out at SkateSlate.jp

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