Life feels pretty stressful these days. While we’re all tentatively looking to the season ahead, Nidecker are bringing an antidote to all the worries. Their new short film, A Guide To Mellow Livin’, follows Mathieu Crepel on a road trip around Japan’s Central Hokkaido last winter, back when life was just a little more, well, mellow.
With only Sam Mcmahon behind the lens and no fixed plan in place, their goal was simple: to travel light and free, to follow the weather and/or their stomachs, and to enjoy the good vibes and simple pleasures of seeking out the best the snow/swell from the comfort of a campervan.
We caught up with Crepel shortly after the film premiered at the iF3 Festival, where it was nominated for best film. Check out the interview below, where he tells us about the experience of filming without a set schedule or itinerary, his top tips for winter van life, and the works he’s been doing over the past ten years through his NGO, Water Family.