As spring breaks in Japan, there comes a time to give up on the powder chasing and get down with some serious spring slush fun. A time when nothing is better than gathering together to session fun features, BBQ, drink beer and do handplants. The CHAOS jam (aka CHAOS Stage 2) held in the characterful Seki Onsen tucked away in Myoko, is just such a time.
It’s a banks and bowl event but this is no old-man slash fest. Sure, you can cut-back slash endless lines through the course, but the features are more skatepark than surf break. No one-turn-and-you’re-finished bowl runs here – it’s all out freestyle attack on progressive features that can be slashed or boosted off – a three dimensional blank canvas of snowboarding chaos.
Like a good skatepark, the features all lined up for multiple options every run. Toshiya Mori opted for a hand drag over what was being called the ‘snow boob’. Naughty boy.
All sorts of shapes were being thrown in the bowl. It was a style session over or under the lip:
As the session heated up under the sun, every corner of the course was getting carved and aired, but who doesn’t appreciate a pair of well-shaped hips? The great thing about the Chaos park was that, like a good skatepark, the features all lined up for multiple options every run:
He celebrated still having functioning knees with a big spray in the bowl:
Masatoshi “Holy” Horiuchi was also fully feeling the CHAOS stoke. Sender ollie just for the sake of it:
Masatoshi “Holy” Horiuchi makes his own Holy Bowly, slashing round the lip, all guns blazing. I don’t know who got more of an adrenalin rush from this – him blasting round the bowl, or me getting as close as I dared with the camera!
The light-hearted fun “let’s get crazy” style of the Chaos event, is perfectly illustrated by riders in wearing wrestling masks: The winner leaves the ring victorious, with a trail of carnage behind…
Toshiya Mori picked up the Rome x Snurfer Powder Division for getting most chaotic, while the guy doing one-foot tricks with a broken collarbone also a snowskate for his efforts. Hopefully he can trade it for painkillers:
If you want to experience a freestyle based bowl event, and the best of Japanese stoke, get yourself to Chaos 2018, and start looking for wrestling masks now! The happy people who were in the right place at the right time for a weekend of soul shredding:
Thanks to Seki Onsen resort, Myoko, and the Chaos event crew.