Variable Conditions: Mikkel Bang And Christian Haller

Because sometimes Japan isn't perfect

Japan, that most magical of places, where the powder is deep and the sake runs freely. Every run is bottomless and each turn is a face shot.

Well, no. In reality, Japan is a place just like anywhere on Earth, so whilst those Siberian winds can often provide a fair meterage of snow, often times they can bring a whole host of other weather patterns, you just don’t see them in the movies very often.

“Christian ‘Hitsch’ Haller and Mikkel Bang are from that special snowboard farm who’s stock can ride pretty much anything in any condition”

Luckily for Burton, Christian ‘Hitsch’ Haller and Mikkel Bang are from that special snowboard farm who’s stock can ride pretty much anything in any condition. Raining? They’ll surf some banks. Crusty? They’ll get digging and build up some side hits. Windy? Why else would you bring a Burton Throwback with you?

In short, sending two riders and a media crew out to Japan isn’t a total waste of time when they can still kill it when it only snows for one out of the seven days they’re there. And when the goods arrive, there are few others we’d rather see ripping that sweet Japow. There aren’t many sights better than Bang dragging his tail through a three-foot high pillow and exploding out the other end, or Hitsch cranking out a front side turn in snow that goes past his waist.

Japan, where even an ollie results in a face shot

In fact, the trip as a whole was pretty much like an actual snowboard holiday with your mates, the ones we mere mortals go on all the time. Six days of shithouse weather and, if you’re lucky, one epic day just as you’re leaving. But it doesn’t matter, because you still had a killer time, because it’s snowboarding. The only difference here is that you probably can’t tweak a grab quite like this pair, and you’re definitely not mates with Terje.


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