A Photo Essay by Jeff Hawe
With each passing day, and each song added to the new winter playlist, I look forward to the dark months ahead. But why? Even with a good paying job and a nice place to live near a beautiful beach, I feel obsessively compelled to return to the land of frozen boots and numb fingers. Maybe it’s the friendly faces I see only when the snow flies, or it could be the adventures into unknown places, and random predicaments I would never find myself in without my everlasting desire to shred.
As such, I document my winters with pictures and would like to share a few from the season past. This is a glimpse into the faces, locations, and moments that keep the hook deep in my mouth, reeling me back year after year. Enjoy—and may your winter be full of good times with friends, a few worthy adventures, some humbling moments and of course, deep snow.
01. Lost in the White Room, somewhere between Montana and Idaho. Rider Jason Robinson is humble to say the least, yet skilled in all disciplines of shred. Out there working hard and representing his home of Whitefish, Montana very well.
02. Having a fire on the shores of the Chilkoot Inlet with legendary riders. . . and riders that are surely legends in the making. What a way to spend a rainy Sunday in Alaska with friends.
03. Big props to Dave. We met this winter randomly and he shared a great big zone deep in the MT backcountry with me. Plus, he schooled me on his splitboard. Thanks Dave!
04. I met Sho Shiramizu this winter. He is direct, honest, and inspiring. He’s a snowboarder from Japan living large with dreams of helping people wherever he goes. He has no fears, and leaves a lasting impression on all who experience the loose method to his madness. I am stoked to have him as a friend!
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