Joonas Eloranta is the young Finnish ripper who bagged the opener of Snackbreak’s latest full length film, HONYOS, with his own blend of technical rail combos, super smooth style and an eye for the unusual in his spots. We know he’s sitting on a tonne of raw footage right now, ready to unleash it to the world in Snackbreak’s next instalment. He’s been on our radar for quite some time and if you don’t already know, you will when you see his latest footage. This is his Blowing Up profile.
So. Why snowboarding?
I grew up in a small town next to a ski resort called Mustavaara. My buddies started shredding there so in order to stay in the gang, I had to follow their example. Glad I did so though.
What was the scene there like?
It was wild! We had such names as Naku, his brother Ville, Rossi brothers, Janne, Könni and bunch of other older dudes who to look up to. Back in the days we tried to stay out from their way, shoveling side hits in the woods and on side of their big kickers. They weren’t pleased when we used the kicker landing as our side hit landing and no wonder why hahah! It was all about this big and rather sketchy kicker back then and the resort had like two rails, one of which was a wooden log and the other one 1,5m tall downrail, stolen from the local town, I guess. Then we also had local shop called Spot the boardshop but it was scary to hang out there because of the older dudes. It was a damn fine shop though!
As we got older we became the elders but the atmosphere had already changed. It wasn’t that wild anymore although we still had a solid crew then. I guess the kids don’t fear elders these days anymore hahah! All in all, it was good times in Mustavaara and we sure learned a lot.