The Mountain Wave 2018 Part 2 event went down in Hakuba Goryu, and what better way to round out the season than throwing out some methods and railing some turns?
The Mountain Wave crew have been creating fun springtime events in Hakuba for several years now, and this year they stepped it up to include a banked slalom race. The banked slalom run was super fun, but soaring temps made for challenging conditions for the organizers. The flow and speed were still there, but one turn became a monster, chewing riders up and spitting them out, with almost the whole women’s field falling victim to it before it was re-shaped. With time running short, the survivors of the first run went into a super final where it was all or nothing for the win. The organizers were bummed but there just wasn’t enough time for everybody to get a second run. Next year we’re sure the Mountain Wave crew will have gotten the kinks out to ensure a smooth event. After the race, the focus moved up to the ‘3D chikei park’ (3D terrain park) for the the tongue-in-cheek named “World Method Championships” on the snow-cano feature. The park was made up of hand dug transitions for maximum fun on snowboard or snowskate, with a DJ in a teepee providing good tunes, and epic views making ideal conditions. Read on for our photo round-up of the spring fun:
Trading his camera for a megaphone, event organizer Hiroaki Yonekura getting the riders ready to drop in:
The women dropped in first in perfect conditions, blazing sun and fast spring slush:
Wakana Hama coming out of the top section. She has had an amazing season on the Freeride World Tour, and capped off her year with a 6th place finish:
The women were unfortunately the guinea pigs on the day as their race was marked by one nasty corner that took out 90% of the field. After the first ten crashes people started telling them not to take the DQ after a crash and to scamper up and around the pole.
Hitomi Konno looking good until a second later she too got gobbled up by the course:
Head snowboards rider Yuri Yoshika, made it through the corner of death to qualify for the final and eventually take 3rd place:
Keeping it in the family, her sister Rina, also riding for Head, made it through too..