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Japan’s new superpipe: Louie Vito talks style versus technicality

Ayumu Hirano's battle with Shaun White in the Olympic final has captured mainstream media attention in Japan, and ignited the perennial style versus technicality debate in the online armchair judges of the snowboard community. Louie Vito addresses the topic in this edit from the new Japanese superpipe in the far north of Japan
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The Freeride World Tour 5-star event in Hakuba had to be cancelled last week... due to too much snow! Holding any kind of ski or snowboard competition is putting yourself at the mercy of the weather, and a freeride competition doubly so.
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Photobook: Yoshiro Higai // 1994: The Path To Genesis

Japan Grabs was at the recent launch party for Yoshiro Higa's new photobook, '1994: The Path To Genesis'. The respected lensman has put together a beautiful photobook chronicling the formative years before the birth of Gentemstick in 1998, when 'Gentem' founder Taro Tamai and friends were on a mission to explore new zones in Japan and abroad.
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Interview: Evan Wilcox

We talked to Evan Wilcox about coming to Japan to snowboard, where the good spots are in Niseko, and getting to ride for his dream company, Rome SDS.
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Interview: Mark Rainery

Mark Rainery recently put out his REcut part, stacked with a big serving of Japanese powder. We caught up with the Alaskan rider to hear about what took him to Hakuba last winter, where he connected with Shin Biyajima (who was in The Fourth Phase), and his brother, 241 rider Go Biyajima, on his path to good lines.