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.
What movie did you watch over and over as a grom and why?
I remember how I got the VHS copy of Euro Gap 1 & 2 from a friend, who had copied it from another friend, and how I watched my copies over and over again. I still remember most of the jokes and songs from them too. Also the Robotfood movies were a huge thing, obviously!
Is snowboarding a way to pay the bills?
Ah hell no. I got two free boards and one pair of bindings last season and that was it but hopefully next season things will evolve from there though. Alongside shredding, I have done my bachelor at University of Jyväskylä and teaching kids pays my bills, as I'm a kindergarten teacher.
You’re filming with the movie crew Snackbreak, which snacks break you?
Hahah this is a good one. Something cheap, tasty and unhealthy breaks me on the road. I still have a valid student card so luckily cheap lunches at the uni keeps my diet in balance!
Who are the other snackers of the crew?
Mr producer Tommi, the jah's gift to snowboarding aka Lucio, Andy from down under, very handsome Oli from Germany, heart breaker Johan from Sweden, Samubaba from Jyväskylä, Devan, Jesse and Andy from Canada, who I haven't met yet and maybe some other recruits too. Such a rad crew!
Whose riding stokes you out these days and why?
I would say Tommi's because he's pretty unpredictable, like a loose cannon! I wish Naku and Janne (Tanskanen) rode more because those two used to be my youth snowboarding heroes, cranking the best methods out there and generally being the nicest guys on and off the slopes! But of course pros like Sexton and Kuzyk has had a huge impact on my riding.
You have loads of tattoos, any regrets so far?
Nah, and there will be more to come.
What’s the first thing that pops into your head after a slam?
If I just did not hurt myself, this spot definitely owes me my trick.
What’s overrated in snowboarding these days and why?
Unwritten rules of snowboarding, trends and unauthentic styles. It's snowboarding, not a cat walk.
I would say filming is pretty overrated too because the amount of content on internet is just beyond crazy and everybody wants their share on fifteen minutes of famousness. I'm not saying people shouldn't film but maybe they should be more critical whether the stuff is really worth sending to every media house. At the same time these media houses could also be more critical on what they publish and what they don't.
Never ride a rail again or only do so on skis?
Never ride a rail again.
What’s your favourite place to snowboard and why?
The location doesn't really matter. I enjoy shredding pretty much anything and anywhere as long as I don't have to stand in line and freeze.
Tell us a secret.
I have a secret crush on Ryan Gosling. Does that make me gay?
- Date of birth: 24/05/1989
- Stance: Goofy
- Hometown: Jyväskylä
- Local Mountain: Laajis
- Years riding: Too many
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