Ralph Backstrom and Ryland Bell present Japandem Tandem Ep. 2

Ralph Backstrom and Ryland Bell present Japandem Tandem Ep. 2

The pow smashing continues in Episode 2, and the boys meet some locals- goats, as well as shredder Goro Komatsu, who is kind enough to share some of his roadside hike-ables and local knowledge. The snowpack turns out to be pretty stable, and some of the unique terrain Ralph and Ryland hoped to ride comes into the picture.

Ralph and Kevin earning those turns.  PHOTO: Meg Haywood Sullivan

Ralph Backstrom and Ryland Bell earning those turns. PHOTO: Meg Haywood Sullivan

About Japandem Tandem:

The allure of Japan for most snowboarders comes from the copious amounts of deep, fluffy, surfable pow that has become a significant part of the snowboard media year after year.  Riding the steeper terrain of Hakuba, in the Japanese Alps, with the above conditions was the draw for Ralph Backstrom and Ryland Bell.  Ralph and Ryland had ridden together in Squaw Valley for the past 8 years together, as well as in Haines, AK for GO! Boardin', but hadn't had many other opportunities to travel or film together.

Episode 2, the guys meet up with Japanese powder legend Goro Komatsu. PHOTO: Meg Haywood Sullivan

Episode 2, the guys meet up with Japanese powder legend Goro Komatsu. PHOTO: Meg Haywood Sullivan

A mere 10 days before the trip started last January, the snowpack in Hakuba was looking pretty thin.  Airline tickets were booked anyways, as the unique culture alone would've made the trip worthwhile.  Upon their arrival, it started dumping, and only let up for a couple days over the next 2 weeks.  Which was nice.  Poor stability in the snowpack can often be an issue in Hakuba, but this was not the case on this trip.

Japandem Tandem! PHOTO: Med Haywood Sullivan

Japandem Tandem! PHOTO: Med Haywood Sullivan

Master lensman Chris Edmands of My Own Two Feet, Deeper, and Further went along to capture the action and share his experience and endless humor with the young lads.

International language of stoke, the High 5. PHOTO: Meg Haywood Sullivan

International language of stoke, the High 5. PHOTO: Meg Haywood Sullivan

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