Ripping through pow-loaded forests is one of the greatest things about snowboarding. For the first instalment of his new project, Arctic Lights, Antti Autti links up with Keisuke Yoshida to rip up their ‘endless playgrounds’. So sick!
This is the first drop of Antti’s Arctic Lights documentary project. Find out more information and pre-order the full film here: vimeo.com/ondemand/arcticlights
70% of Finland is covered by forests and every Finnish person has a very special relationship with them, they are a place of meditation and it almost feels like forests are part of the DNA of Finns.
In Japan, forests are considered holy. A home of the spirits that are sometimes out of bounds for a man to enter. With respect and courtesy, the gates can be opened and you can experience some of the best snow in the world.
Antti Autti and Keisuke Yoshida are from opposite sides of the world and from very distant cultures, but they have more in common than you might think first. Both are born and bread in their respective northern territories, Antti from Lapland and Keisuke from Hokkaido. Both of them have been snowboarding most of their lives and enjoy immensely the thrill of riding in the forest. It is almost like their home, a place where they feel most relaxed, calm and content. This edit is all about opening the doors and sharing their home’s with a like-minded soul and shred the trees around Arctic Circle and the wilderness of Hokkaido, Japan.
Antti explains: “For us Finns forest is a place we go to play, explore, meditate, just enjoy the nature. When I’m strapped in to a board forest turns to an endless playground that I can always find new lines to ride, new spots to jump off and it always packs a ton of surprises, so I have to be on my toes the whole time. Its so much fun!”
Snowboarders: Antti Autti, Keisuke Yoshida
Filmed by: Iisakki Kennila, Teemu Lahtinen & Matti Ollila / Kota Collective
Edit by: Iisakki Kennila
Pyhä – Luosto National Park, Finland
Daisetsuzan National Park, Japan
Royal Nature – Fissure (Instrumental)
A Life In A Day – Metamorphosis
Delta Spirit – Empty House