did you know that somewhere up north, there is country completely different from any other one you’ve ever visited? a country with no school exams and practically no homework but at the same time….. the world’s highest education level a place with more saunas than cars… and car tickets are adjusted to the level of the salary place with almost no crime and we’re prisoners are treated with dignity a country of 180,000 islands 190,000 Lakes and almost no….. mountains which just happens to be the homeland of some of the world’s best snowboarders? isn’t it strange taken into consideration its average height of 152 metres above sea level? And here we are in the middle of Finland to take part in the Lipi Open in Ukkohalla what a great opportunity to have a closer look at this Finnish snowboard phenomenon Ukkohalla was fun we got to know the core of finished snowboarders…. pros you’ve surely heard about and young guns, you’ll surely hear about soon. Relaxed atmosphere family mood and the lack of sick rivalry no wonder nearly all of the tricks were done perfectly… we took part in the award ceremony returned into the heavy night party and… what happens in the Lipi Open stays in the Lipi Open and Here Come our heroes: Janne a pro rider with great experience and Axel

the young gun of Finish snowboarding but what do they have in common? like most other Finnish riders they’ve never been to the Finnish mountains hungover but happy we moved on. Back on the road to find answers to our questions, in the meantime we found out some new important facts about Finnish snowboarding – okay guys tell me something about the snowboarding in Finland? for me the Finland is probably one of the best places to snowboard, at least learn snowboarding because you can ride everyday and normally since the slopes are really small they are building the parks and that’s how you can like learn basic tricks for freestyle riding -yes -we have a ski resorts almost in every cities and they are open till night so you can ride almost every day , it doesn’t matter you don’t need to have a holiday or you don’t need to spend much money or time to go somewhere to the Alps or somewhere .You can ride after the school or after the work and hills are kind of small so you can take laps so easily like you can do like 100 laps a day and that’s not possible like anywhere else -yeah that’s truth and if you think about Central Europe or something all the resots are closed, maybe at five o’clock or 4:00 in the winter and if your school end at three which is pretty normal you don’t have time ride, yeah it’s normal On days of school They can go only riding in the weekends and we can do that every day, yeah every day after school, night riding and that’s the best yeah it’s pretty fun, no flat lights Helsinki. How is it possible the whole city is just one giant spot, you can literally ride in its parks strict city centre or around some of the largest estates no one bothered us while we were setting up new Street riding spots what a surprise no questions no asking for ID no nothing can you imagine something like this in any other capital city? Finland it’s the best place to film a street snowboarding easily because we have many cities we has snow and then all the people are kind of cool with that. You almost never get problems when you are riding in the streets and that’s pretty rare in the world like if you compare to US or Canada or something like that. But the key first rule is that you need to clean the spot you have done you need to take the kicker away and clean the stairs normally the police are really cool with that snowboarding you just need to show that you are not breaking anything or you will clean everything after you are done with the spot ,you need to respect people who are using it and then they will respect your job our Finnish dudes rode the Helsinki power plant monument the harbour and some other quite cool things like the ship. The legend says it used to be a pirate ship the truth is someone was using it as a sand ship of some reason abandoned it in the Baltic Sea Bay, then someone else turned it into a sauna went bankrupt left the ship alone, drifting and waiting to be rediscovered and he are yeah it was so nice that the sea was frozen so we were able to be on the ice yeah I never been able to do that in Finland before yeah Or… when we got to ride the old abandoned boat and everything yeah that was pretty good that was a good spot yeah yeah really really fun to ride hours and miles later and still no answer to one question. Where the fuck

are the mountains, well seems we have to wait to find out in the meantime someone told us that the majority of finished pros attended snowboard high school yeah we have also the snowboard high school in Finland which is super good you move from home at 15 years old you just after that ride every day if you get into the high school you have trainings and everything there so you get a lot better really fast and you can see the progression when somebody moves there Meaning they trained in the world’s best spots during their gym classes sounds like a teenager’s dream when I was there ,there was a it was a bit smaller the high school like there was only four rider starting at that time but all the riders didn’t really like the coaching system of the school and they were more like a rebels like…aaa.. we don’t wanna do that or that still you need the coaches in a Vuokatti because everybody is so young and they would just be like savages there if nobody would take care of them for me but easily the best thing I’ve done in my snowboarding because I got to move to the bigger resorts and I got to ride with the good riders and and I improved a lot at that time the second recommended spot was the fortress island of suomenlinna with the first docks built in Europe today apart from being a tourist attraction it also serves as an open prison but the majority of tourists simply don’t realize it wait! an open prison and a tourist attraction? after a few days in Finland nothing can surprise us (I’m not feeling to good) Is it hangover or sickness? just hangover And yeah, of course we had go fishing as in Finland it’s as important as visiting a sauna I’m so good at this did you get fish? soon

I felt something yeah Legendary back on the road again a few hours later Janne recalls the well-known spot he has always wanted to visit but where is it? We can’t see any mountains for the hills? I think that I stand somwhere in the cross of the river -here, and we will walk -yeah -check it here is too flat, but this would be a nice like a wide I’m really excited to see a Halti because I’ve been dreaming of it, since the beginning of the year I never really went to the finish mountains like Levi or Saariselkä has been the northeast part and I’ve been traveling the world since so many years and I knew that there is some good mountains also in Finland but somehow I just never had the opportunity to go there and now we are going so I’m really excited to see how how it will be as far as I’m concerned no one has been in Halti to ride snowboard, not that I know or anyone I know yeah same for me -but I think it’s because it’s super it’s like 50 kilometers from the nearest road so it’s pretty hard to get there the landscape should be pretty beautiful -yeah i I think so finally we reached our next destination in the morning we set off with our local guides Wille and Kirsy on snowmobiles our next goal is a snow desert base. We take shortcut through Norway, but the boarder guards are immediately on Us, like out of nowhere But been happy go Lucky guys we are ,and let is gone off to the desert our stops to cool down the slow mobile jet drive systems are just perfect occasions to talk to others heading to Halti constant light makes it hard to sleep and even harder to wake up in the morning quit breakfast refresh and we’re off to the proud top of Finland

well obviously this is not the highest point we’ve ever seen or climb but the view is absolutely breathtaking Janne and Axel decided to ride some other hills that have been waiting for them We couldn’t imagine a better ending to our amazing adventure in Finland an adventure that was born from a passion to ride and a curiosity of Wild Nature

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