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Discover Splitboarding

We are currently finishing small doc series about splitboarding. Not only it is a great tool to get out there just for fun but in the recent years split has been tremendous help for my work. I could not imagine myself hiking up in deep snow without some sort of aid on my feet. Snowshoes are great help but it is nothing compared to the help I get from splitboard.

I already carry a heavy back bag full of cameras, lenses, avalanche kit, food and water, why would I want to carry my board while hiking up? It makes no sense. Your board is the device to get up! Split it, make skis, get a little help from poles and up you go. Only thing extra are the skins and those are coming along under your skis, most of the time.


Episode 1


Episode 2
 

Behind the scenes. Miikka Hast setting up his skis in Aittakuru, Pyhätunturi. I decided to get a lightweight kit for this day that I knew we were going to hike (or skin) a lot. I was cursing through the day with that small and crappy tripod. After getting used to a heavier Gitzo carbon legs/Sachtler FSB combo those crappy Manfrotto heads and flimsy legs just dont cut it.

Behind the scenes. Miikka Hast setting up his skis in Aittakuru, Pyhätunturi. I decided to get a lightweight kit for our first real day of shooting. I knew we were going to hike (or skin) a lot, but going lightweight has its limitations. I was cursing through the day with that small head and lousy old legs. After getting used to a heavier Gitzo carbon legs/Sachtler FSB combo those crappy Manfrotto heads and flimsy legs just dont cut it. Better than nothing though.

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We got really lucky with the weather this day. Everything else before this, including our trip to Japan, did not go as planned. In january before we really got the project started in Finland, working title was “The Impossible Project”

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Some extra footage we captured for one of our sponsors in the early morning magical light. We only got five to six hours of sunlight but it is more like constant golden hour. Crazy colours for the whole day!

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Same day, framegrab from the afternoon. No magic tricks with the colours. Blue, yellow and pink. Thats about it.

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We have fluffy powder and steep runs in Finland too! Miikka from Splitlines enjoying what Pyhätunturi has to offer.

Thank you goes out to:
Protest
Jones snowboards
Karakoram
EpicTV!

JaPOV!

Quick little video for Epic TV. Antti Autti slashing some Japan awesomeness, endless powder of Niigata. Shot almost entirely on Sony Actioncams. POV and followcam combined, mixed with few wider shots of the lines, kickers and powder turns.

We wanted to give the viewer real feeling of riding pow in Japan. I decided to use mainly POV cams and cut some of the normal stuff in the edit as well but only short glimpses, just to show the surroundings. After using Sony Actioncams for a while now I can say it is a joy to use! It outperforms Gopros in many ways, maybe not in absolute image quality but using it is much more enjoyable than dealing with Gopros.

Few pros over the Gopro: It has built in thread for mounting. I HATE those plastic shitty things that Gopro uses. And yes, they come in aluminum flavors as well but I hate the whole concept of multiple joints, screws, threads and extra little pieces like 1/4 mount that get lost, I already lost two. The one in Actioncam is built in the plastic casing. Actioncam comes with wrist-display thingy to see what you are shooting, also an App available. You can mount it on the side of the head easily, instead on the top or forehead, it doesn´t look so stupid that way. It has button lock feature so that you can manually lock all button presses, no more accidental recordings of the insides of your camera bag!!! And the biggest thing, battery lasts for a long time! Gopro may have an edge with higher quality images but difference is not that big and all the other benefits makes Actioncam much more appealing and more user friendly. I am yet to try it with faster cards that will upgrade to XAVC S-filetype and better quality. I get those for our next trip and see if it really makes better files as it should obviously.

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Remote and Actioncam HDR-AS100V attached to a Manfrotto 492 Ballhead & 386B Nano Clamp. No extras needed! On the right is view of the Hold-switch that should be in every action camera! That switch and ability to attach straight to universal 1/4 screws makes this thing more Pro than Gopro.

Random photos

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Alvaro Vogel somewhere in the Hokkaido roadside steeps.

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Canadian trees from Monashee Powder Snowcats

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Photographer Rami Hanafi enjoying Kiwi powder with Alpine Helicopters, Wanaka

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Photographer Jani Kärppä and B-cam videographer Matti Ollila in Kagura, Japan

Kiwi style!

06_NZ13_heli1_TeemuLahtinen 43I have been privileged to come to New Zealand for three years in a row now and this country never stops amazing me! Sceneries are jaw-dropping, people are friendly and there is always things to do even when the weather is not on your side. Wanaka, Queenstown and Arrowtown are fun to chill out on a day off the slopes or when backcountry is inaccessible. There is always an option to go cruising quality park and pipes shaped to perfection in Cardrona or longer runs in Treblecone. And yes, there is sweet mini-pipe or more like an old school pipe in Cardies!

Filming in NZ requires good planning and good group to work with. Big thanks to Southern Lakes HeliskiAlpine Helicopters and Triple Point Expeditions! Everything has to work when you try to get things done in the right way. Scouting for locations is expensive if you have to go out finding spots with a helicopter. Guides make our life a lot easier with their knowledge about terrain and the conditions. Being here for third time also helps out since we have some knowledge of what is out there. Having a map or two will not hurt either.

Antti and Tucker from Triple Point Expeditions planning

Antti and Tucker from Triple Point Expeditions planning days ahead

Flying to our destination with Alpine Helicopters

Flying to our destination with Alpine Helicopters

Dealing with the weather takes a lot of patience and willpower to get you through those grey days. And not only grey days, day after snowstorm in the mountains usually means dealing with high risk of avalanches. It is not just glory and endless powder, mostly time goes by just wishing it was, but then comes those days that just makes it all worth to come filming in NZ. It would be such a bummer to leave without the shots that you came here for, so playing the waiting game is essential. We have had five days of heli in three weeks now and we consider ourselves lucky!

Antti slashing through small avalanches

Antti slashing through small avalanches

We have still one more week to make this trip even better, if the weather allows we might be flying but after two full days its time to relax and recharge batteries. Take a beer or two, chill out in the city and then what? Shotover jet on the river? Bungee or cliffjump? Skating the pools or Dream ramp? Frisbee golf in superb sceneries? Kayaking again? As one snowboarder once said there is infinite potential and that is so true in New Zealand. If we have time we go for everything!

Down days with Rami Hanafi on a kayak.

Down days with Rami Hanafi on a kayak.

Tailsliding the Dream ramp. Antti behind the camera this time!

Tailsliding the Dream ramp. Antti behind the lens this time!

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Inbounds powder in Hakkaisan resort at Muikamachi, Niigata, Japan with Antti Autti and Joel Lahti. We had so much powder overnight that Hakkaisan sidecountry was too deep to ride. With more snow coming, bad visibility forced us to do some followcams, and quick photos on the side of the slopes. Forest lines on the way down ensured quality time in Niigata!

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Relate To It online

Full movie online, finally! It took some sleepless nights and over three weeks of intensive editing to make things happen but I am happy with the results, hope you like it too!

More on this later!

Filming in New Zealand pt.2

This is rare stuff, real making of photos from the mountains! Our guide Tucker from Triple Point Expeditions was kind enough to give me these photos. Maybe they help out telling a story about how the day goes by when shooting snowboarding in the mountains.

In New Zealand we had the opportunity to fly and shoot from the helicopter. Normally you just dream about it while you hike or splitboard your way uphill, sometimes for hours on end. In NZ most of the terrain is accessible only with heli and the places we were shooting were definitely deep inside mountain ranges of Mt. Aspiring National Park and not easily accessible by hiking.

Usually the day starts at 5.30am with big breakfast to get ready for a long day in the mountains. Pack the bag, make sure you have all the camera gear you need and the most important trio: avalanche beacon, shovel and probe. Then drive out to meet the guides at 7am and grab a cup of fresh coffee from cafeteria downtown. Short drive to heliport and liftoff around 7.30 or 8.00. Short flight to preselected destination and you are at the top 8.15 and ready for work!

Checking the lines in the morning light after first drop off of the day

Getting the gear ready. 1st cam that I am operating and usually 2nd angle that is on monopod. Another guide Stu is with me all times while Tucker looks out after Antti. This way the riders can also lap jumps, lines or whatever. Second guide helps to load in while other helps to load out of the heli.

Dropping in with backpack full of camera gear is sometimes sketchy, depending on the steepness of the slope and quality of the snow. This time it was pretty mellow, maybe 35+ degree face. I set up ON the spine, not inside gullies or straight under the rider, got to keep mind of the avalanches.

Shooting from above on this one was the only choice because of terrain below this feature. Too risky to go shoot from below and the view was blocked from the side. I left another camera up behind me shooting straight down.

Getting ready to shoot from the heli with Rami Hanafi. Take the doors off, harness on, safety lines from the harness to the machine and wrist/neck loops for cameras to make sure they stay with you at all times. Antti And Sylvain stay on top and wait while we are up in the air and ready to shoot. Communication with the pilot is important during the shoot.

Shooting from the heli is never easy. Main thing is to keep camera steady. No fancy gyro stabilized Phantom cameras this time I tell ya! I keep monopod on my camera to make it heavier and be able to rest it on my shoulder. Rami sits on the floor so we both can operate freely and not disturb each other.

Shooting some slashes while waiting for better weather. You can see 2nd cam on monopod like I usually have it.

And at the end of the day you get nice ride back to the heliport. Scenery is just superb and being smallest guy of the crew I get to sit on the front all the time!

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