We've long admired the wondrous works of Doggy, London and the rest of the Weekly of Weird crew in Japan. But to be honest, last week's season premier for WOW Season Nine left us wanting.
With London unable to take part, Doggy and Oily's misadventures into Japan's southernmost ski area restricted the episodes activity to a lot of driving, a few resort plugs, some mild truck stop humour and not a whole lot else.
But fear not - WOW 9 Episode Two is a true return to form. A tour de force in Japanese snowboarding entertainment, accomplished only with the aid of a Tarai - an instrument that we googled, only to find swathes of information on a region in northern India by the same name...
"This mystical dish of dubious strength proves the perfect tool to demonstrate one of WOW's biggest strengths"
Regardless, this mystical dish of dubious strength proves the perfect tool to demonstrate one of WOW's biggest strengths - turning everyday items into snowboarding accessories by any means available to a two man filming crew.
'Flatland jibbing? Tarai. Natas spinning? Tarai! Frisbee flinging? TARAI!' The slinky style ad almost writes itself once you've seen the item's many uses. But of course, being constant innovators rather than money spinning car salesman types - the WOW fellas are unlikely to patent this
reappropriation of a household object discovery, or turn out a fun plastic version fur de kinder, and instead you'll most likely see it regurgitated by some cash-strapped Kickstarter 'entrepreneur' in a few years.
Until then Episode Two serves as a great reminder of the anything goes mentality that the special corners of snowboarding still cling on to. Where even sliding on yer bum in a tin pan with enough enthusiasm can warrant an entire article and the admiration of some industry folks half the world away. Long may it live!