The 2017 Northern Hemi winter was my tenth year visiting Japan. With the preceding seven or eight years holding longer stints for me, I was content to shorten this year’s trip to just six weeks; more work for 360nz back home in Wanaka, a tad more summer (when it finally showed up), and plenty of time riding dirt instead of snow.
The year was 2007. The first ever iPhone was announced. The 7th book in the Harry Potter series sold 11million copies in its first 24hrs on the shelves. Shaun White was still the man to beat in both snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle. AND… it was my first taste of the incredulously deep and oh-so-light Japanese pow pow! Little did I know this would be the start of long, affectionate relationship with the land of the rising sun.
March 2015 saw the end of a five year period working with Niseko Academy as a Snowboard Trainer, Guide and their Communications Manager. Fortunately, my background knowledge and experience of the company and their products has allowed me to stay consulting for the Academy, through our digital media agency 360nz. In July this year we[…]
It’s been a few years since I’ve had shots published in print – ahhh, the dreaded world of web has been taking over. During a snowboarding trip in Japan last year, riding with two of my favourite cohorts Richie Johnston and Abby Peterson, I snapped a couple of rather nice deep pow images. A few[…]
My era of working with Niseko Academy is at an end, however my connections with Japan and Niseko are still alive and kicking! It all began back in 2010, whilst floating around Hokkaido, finishing off the Snow-search Japan guidebook; I met and begun working with Brian Findlay, the main man behind Niseko Academy. With the[…]
The past 12 months have been FULL-ON! From Japan to NZ and back to Japan again, the melting pot of work was as varied as always, if not more so. My year included re-working our virtual tour systems for 360queenstown-wanaka, the short stint of guiding and coaching with Niseko Academy, Examining during the NZ winter[…]
Taking a trip to snowboard again at the old haunts from my Snow-search Japan writing days has been well-etched in my mind for the past few years. At the end of my rather compressed season in Hokkaido, Japan this year I managed to squeeze in a week-long road trip in Honshu, revisiting the resorts of[…]
Time is becoming a much more valuable commodity in my life these days. It was very hard to drag myself away from New Zealand this year, especially with 360qw going so well and the sun in Wanaka shining so strong. None-the-less I’m back in Niseko, Japan, working on the ground with the 360niseko boys (it’s[…]
While spending a few nights in Tokyo on my way out of Japan, I was lucky enough to be staying on one of the upper floors of a rather impressive apartment building – absolutely stunning views of the Tokyo Tower and Tokyo skyline at night…
Every year I make the winter migration back to Japan for a period of time. Unlike most winter migrations this one follow the snow. Based in Niseko for a few months of guiding and coaching, my short powder-filled winter here is a hard thing not to …