“KAMP K2 2017 in Japan”

by takkahero

I joined to “KAMP K2” a few days ago
K2 Japan organizes this event at beginning of April these last several years at Kagura Mitsumata Ski Area, great chance to try next years model
I applied for 1 night 2 days plan
It starts with this great Blue Sky as I checked on weather forecast 🙂

I concentrated to try new models more than last few years which I did photo shooting more

Marksman“, asymmetry model
I wanted to try it with Telemark Ski but there were no NTN binding unfortunately……
I tried it with Alpine Boots which I’m not good skill at all…, but still I felt NICE!

Catamaran“, also asymmetry model
To wide for me, at least for my alpine skill
Still I could guess it would be fun on Powder snow

Succeed model of Coomba ” Wayback 104
I liked the design with La Grave icon 😉

“Pinnacle 118
It wasn’t comfy with my skill
If you want to go faster, harder and bigger, then you might like it!!?

Pescado” from LINE
Unique Swallowtail shape at its tail

This is all which I tried, wanted to try
In fact, all I can tell is, which is wider or narrower!
I didn’t fall down, I could do turn with no curving
Flex-wise, with my alpine skill, all models feel hard
But, my friends who ski superbly well says most of them are quite soft feeling
I am like that skier…
So, I don’t (can’t) tell anything actually, but I feel “Marksman” is probably comfortable one for me
I could tell more if I tasted them with Telemark Ski? I hope so 😉
At least, I enjoyed touching many ski with different character!

Snowboard time now
I joined to Backcountry tour which great mountain guides go together
Actually it seems more Sidecounty, I should say?
Trustful guides are Iwao Saeki, Jun HorieYuji Emoto, Yu Takeo!

I grab a Splitboard after 13 years!
Ultra Split 164″ with K2’s step-in binding
Light, easy and fun to walk with skin!
I want to try it at steeper terrain with harder snow and so I can try ZigZag up for next time

It’s quite rare and interesting to go with this much number of people
Very mellow and relax tour

About descent, I say Splitboard and Solid-normal board is different gear, still in same snowboard shape so that I don’t compare how it feels
If you don’t like Split-Zeroish-Torsion, you should better to pick normal snowboard up with Snowshoe
I can say I can go riding almost as usual as normal solid snowboard with splitboard
Just used to it, which is my theory for different gears 🙂
Well, I stop to say something more than this……

I think, I like this model the most “Joy Driver 162″
I wonder if there is 165cm model……
I like it 🙂

Berzerker 159″
I think it was first time to try RIDE snowboard in my life
This model is strong recommend by Mr Hada from FREERUN magazine
Nice comfy flex gives smooth turn and I like it very much

But, I preferred this model with same length……
Turbodreamer 159″
This one is stiffer and so I can go harder at anywhere

After some of these talk like big, I’m not good at freestyle
As an idea, I am a person who like to go many different terrain with different snow by 1 snowboard

Every night, serious meeting(?) starts with this FUN industry people
You choose drink whatever you want
These FUN hours continues until just before you go to bed 🙂

K2’s motto “ENJOYER” connect so many different people
There was performance by professional Pianist Mrs Takane right after dinner
All the people shut mouth up and listen her world of piano sound, which is amazing moment
Well, my eyes stuck on her fingers moving soooooo quickly……

Also, there is Mr Issun who is popular man on TV these days
Daisuke Watanabe, you are the man who really want to be Issun with its costume on selfie, right?

Mr Yoshizawa, it was just a luck that I could take this photo but I really appreciate it
I wonder why only you turn around and look at me at this moment……
It was fail for me to take sneak shot 😉

Actually…, I got an extra night to stay suddenly……
I couldn’t go against the stream of FUN, sounds like I still can’t control myself as an adult
I learned a word which is created for this kind of adult, mixing 2 words in Japanese (adult and child) at that night but it’s hard to express in English…… “Chadalt”, maybe???

Everyone can join to this test riding event
And it’s still possible to join for overnight style
Just there are so many people want to join by overnight but the accommodation “Wadagoya” capacity is more than full already
It’s better to prepare for next 11 months in case if you find that chance to grab its seat immediately 🙂