If you’ve watched one of the many edits emanating from Australia’s Perisher resort this summer, you’d be excused for believing that freeriding in Australia is a little limited and almost totally flat. However, if you’re prepared to hike deeper into the backcountry then the fruits are for the picking. Antony Von Chrismar and Lachlan Humphries recently went in search of Euro-style lines at the fabled Watsons Crags.
Amplid's ultra-light pow-surfing mega-split, the Millisurf, starts the 18/19 winter season by scooping an Editor's Choice Award in Backcountry Magazine, the US' best selling backcountry skiing and splitboarding magazine.
Dylan Runner spends his winters launching from the biggest drops and scoring the sketchiest straight-lines possible in his winter home, Whistler, Canada. From the looks of it. there's plenty of scary terrain to choose from! Here's his season edit, be sure to catch the ender!
Never one to miss a good race, particularly one so close to home, Amplid's Peter Bauer made his way to Kitzsteinhorn last weekend to compete at the Volcom Banked Slalom. As expected the banks and the vibes were all-time!
In early February, Amplid's AK splitboard ambassadors, Ben Reynolds & Orin Rolando, made the most of stable conditions and a good weather window to ride dream lines in Alaska's Chugach range. It was meant a long day in the skin track to reach the drop-in, but for Ben , this hike was about redemption on a line which had previously tried to sluff him off the face.
Young freeride rookie Sebastian Hiersche is on fire! Through the season his line choice and contest runs have gone from strength-to-strength with podiums in Montafon, Gastein and Kitzsteinhorn and a very respectable 6th place at his first 4* FWQ event in Nendaz, Switzerland. We review his season to date.
In February, for the second consecutive year, Amplid's in-house graphics man, Mr Michi Hanauer, packed his Millisurf and headed east to Romania's Carpathian mountains for some splitboarding. Having seen the potential on his previous visit, Michi was eager to catch Romania at its best.
At the end of January, Amplid team rider Ray McDermott and a buddy jetted across the globe to Japan to enjoy everything that Japan has to offer and escape the snow-less Rockies. It's almost expected that a trip to Japan involves snorkel-deep powder, the snow conditions did not disappoint.
Amplid's Peter Bauer and handful of buddies made the drive last weekend to Laax in Switzerland to join the SuddenRush Banked Slalom. Organised by snowboarding legends Nicolas Mueller and Terje Haakonsen the Sudden Rush Banked has quickly become an unmissable event in the European Snowboard calendar.
This weekend Banked Slalom fever hits the Bavarian mountainsides of Brauneck, Lenggries, as Schneesturm Snowboard School hosts the Burning Boots Banked Slalom. Only a short drive from Amplid HQ, you'll certainly see a handful of Amplid boards firing through the finish line!
French freeski bible, Skieur Magazine, gives the Antidote another chance to impress its testers at its annual ski test. With the addition of a carbon stringer band for the 18/19 winter season, the Antidote seems to have increased its versatility and broadened its fan club! Read the translated review here.
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