Abkhazia? What the hell is that? Well, it’s a former Russian Republic located in between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. These mountains have never before been ridden and the powder over there is still fresh!

Rip Curl and Sprite have combined to make it possible that one of you will be part of this amazing trip, through a killer contest. The winner will buddy up with the team riders Darius Heristchian, Rémi Lamazouère, Per Løken and newcomer Nils Arvidsson, and these four riders will also be the jury that will pick the candidates.

You will be part of the team, and heliboarding, backcountry kickers, photos and filming sessions will be the main activities.

You want to be part of it? The selection consists of two stages:

- Firstly upload photos and videos of yourself to ripcurl.tv, riding, partying with your friends, taking your dog for a walk… The latter two might not help you get on the trip, come to think of it.

Then you cross your fingers and hope the pros watch and like your video and select you up for the second part, which is…

- The 5 best riders selected by the jury will be invited to take part in the Crans Montana Champs presented by Rip Curl, from the 4th until the 8th of February 2008. The best 2 riders from this slopestyle contest will fly the following week to Abkhazia with the team riders.

If you also send your entry photos to us here at {encode="eueditor@onboardmag.com" title="Onboard"}, the first 10 to do so will win a Rip Curl hoody and Tshirt. Make sure you title your entries 'Rip Curl Abkhazia'. Fortune favours the fast...

Good luck!