We know it’s been quite a while since The Spirit of Flatness with Janne Lipsanen and Axel Thelen was released but none the less we never really got around to giving it the amount of attention it deserved – so better late than never ey? This snowboard film takes us above and beyond the corners of Finland, giving us a glimpse of what it means to be a snowboarder from so high up north and whether it’s intentional or not, we also find this film to be a great example of sustainable riding (take the car and discover your home country instead of flying over to the alps or wherever you get your big mountain fix).
“What happens next may just be one of the most epic scenes we’ve ever come across in a snowboarding film”
The boys start their journey in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Anyone who has ever wondered why people are so stoked on riding street this far up north will be given their answer while watching this film. It’s not every day you get to ride on a UNESCO World Heritage Fortress (Suomenlinna) without people giving the good old police a ring. In true Finnish spirit, people simply mind their own business while the guys are setting up their spots. The rule is: as long as you clean up after yourself, take down the kickers you’ve built and clear the snow from the stairs, you’re free to ride whatever you please.