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Meet Alex, Founder of The Ride Side & SBINZ Certified Level 2 Snowboard Instructor. The RIDE Warpig is Alex’s weapon of choice while his GENTEMSTICK Big Fish appears only on the deepest big mountain days for the ultimate snow-surf euphoria. With 8 years of riding and 6 full seasons later – Alex still hasn’t had enough of it! Look out for him chucking spins off backcountry side hits.

His go to board is the BATALEON Magic Carpet Twin for riding the backcountry like a park. He’s all about first tracks in the backbowls of Niseko with all the natural features to play around with! He has 4 full seasons under his belt & entering his 5th since switching from skiing to snowboarding. If you can’t find him on the groomers, that’s because he’s gonna be exploring new terrain in Myoko, Iwanai and the backcountry of Niseko. Terry is also an SBINZ Certified Level 1 Snowboard Instructor.

Meet Chester: try to spot his LINE Sir Francis Bacon 2019 in Niseko’s tree lines and long-a*s piste runs because he goes fast. With 20 years of skiing experience under his belt, he is an NZSIA Certified Level 1 Ski Instructor & backcountry keeps his stoke up!

Meet Sam. He rides a UNIT MFG & RIDE Warpig. While not honing his passion for craft beers, you’ll find him charging through tree lines & powder stashes. With 9 years under his belt from snowboarding in Europe, his love for hidden, untouched powder continues in Japan.

Meet Daphne. She rides a GENTEMSTICK Spoonfish & ARBOR Swoon. Having spent 3 full seasons chasing winters, freeriding & pow’s her favorite – she’s also an SBINZ Certified Level 1 Snowboard Instructor. This season, she’s focusing on her carving techniques & venturing into freestyle!

Meet Isaac. He rides a CAPITA Kazu & VIMANA continental rocker – perfect for his favorite backcountry terrain and natural jumps. Having snowboarded in Australia, New Zealand & Japan, he is an SBINZ Certified Level 1 Snowboard Instructor & is now focusing on technical riding. Isaac’s his name, steeze is his game.

Meet Kai Min. He rides a SALOMON Huck Knife & KORUA SHAPES Dart. Since discovering his passion for snowboarding 2 years ago, he’s all about tree lines & powder runs with great company.

Meet Ben. He rides a NEVER SUMMER Warlock & has 3 seasons under his belt. The Ride Side’s resident video & photographer, he’s a budding film maker on the rise. With a newfound love for free-riding in the backcountry, you’ll find Ben where the powder stash is.

Meet Jack: he rides a K2 Afterblack & NITRO Quiver Treehugger. Snowboarding since 2012, backcountry riding is his jam. Apart from exploring Hokkaido’s extensive terrain, Jack’s aiming for that famous Rakuichi Soba this season – hit him up if you’re heading there!

Meet Xuan. He rides a CAPITA Outerspace for everyday cruising & K2 Cool Bean for backcountry bashing. With 4 years of riding experience, cruisey blue bird days after overnight dumps keep his stoke alive. Xuan’s also a Certified 1st Responder, so he’s your guy if you need first aid, tools, snowball makers or bottle openers on the slopes.