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70% of Finland is covered by forests, meaning most Finnish people hold a special relationship with the woods in some way or another. It almost feels as if the forest are part of the DNA of Finns.
In Japan, forests are considered holy. A home of the spirits, sometimes out of bounds men to enter. But with respect and courtesy, gates can sometimes be opened and on the other side lay some of the best snow in the world.
Although Antti Autti and Keisuke Yoshida are from very distant cultures, they have more in common than we all might think. Both are born and bread in their respective northern territories, Antti from Lapland and Keisuke from Hokkaido and both of them have been snowboarding most of their lives, enjoying immensely the thrill of riding in the forest. It is almost like their home, a place where they feel most relaxed, calm and content. This edit is all about opening the doors, sharing their homes with a like-minded soul, and shredding the trees around the Arctic Circle and the wilderness of Hokkaido, Japan.
Antti explains, "For us Finns, the forest is a place we go to play, explore, meditate, and just enjoy nature. When I'm strapped into a board, the forest turns to an endless playground that I can always find new lines to ride, new spots to jump off and it always packs a ton of surprises so I have to be on my toes the whole time. It’s so much fun!"
Featuring the riding of Antti Autti and Keisuke Yoshida, the edit was filmed by Iisakki Kennila, Teemu Lahtinen & Matti Ollila of Kota Collective. Edited by Iisakki Kennila.
Pyhä – Luosto National Park, Finland
Daisetsuzan National Park, Japan