Slice’n’Dice Volume 5 is now out for your viewing pleasure, this episode takes Nidecker riders Lewis Sonvico and Dave Crozier to the Happo Banks of Hakuba. While taking advantage of the perfectly shaped snowbanks the two still got a few turns in the white room.
From the moment the first person stepped on a board, it’s always been about the turn. The first pop up in Hawaii, the first schoolyard bank carved in California or the first pow slash at Mt Baker, riders have always sought out that perfect carve whether it was on a glassy wave, asphalt hill or snowy ridge.
The Slice ‘n’ Dice crew’s search took them to Hakuba on Japan’s main island where resident snow surfers have created their own carving paradise: Happo Banks. Perfectly shaped waves of snow lie under a dedicated chair, waiting for a hungry edge or trailing hand. Left, left, right – they dance from wall to wall leaving singular, distinct lines each lap.
Always seeking perfection, never satisfied, Volume 5 shows a taste of how much can be achieved with such simple tools. The Banks are both snowboarding’s past and future meshed together, and Slice ‘n’ Dice are here to show you how to ride it.