Finland, a country that houses 5,5 million people, 187,888 lakes and 2,2 million saunas. Many great things hail from this beloved country in the North: Nokia, Sanna Marin (the fresh 34-year-old Prime Minister), Heikki Sorsa’s Mohawk in the 2002 Winter Olympics, Eero Ettala – and the LABYRINTH crew. It’s not exactly the surprise of the century that this country breeds talented snowboarders, hence being titled as ‘the Mecca for street riders’. But how is it actually to spend a winter filming in a country where the temperatures can drop to -30 degrees?
“Cleaning up after yourself is a very VERY important part of the ‘street-riding-etiquette’ in Finland”
LABYRINTH crew just dropped their latest edit ‘Low Five’, another masterpiece originating from the streets of Finland. We had a chat with the boys about street riding in Finland and got the insights to what went on behind the scenes.
So who exactly are Labyrinth?
We are Kiril Rikkilä, Joona Saikkonen, Petrus Saikkonen, Roope Rautiainen, Henna Ikola, Saska Halmes, Veikka Siivonen, Kilian Hänninen, Axel Thelen, Zenja Potapov and Mikko Rehnberg. Labyrinth Crew has been around since 2015 and this is our fifth edit. Some of us knew each other from before and some just met through snowboarding.
What’s street riding really like in Finland?
We more or less ride around the whole country. The cops in Finland are surprisingly chilled about it [street riding] especially if the spot doesn’t cause bystanders any harm. There’s always some locals who aren’t too keen on it, but you really shouldn’t start yelling back at them, just politely try and explain that you’re just shooting for a snowboard film and you’re making sure that no one is in any danger and that you’ll clean up the spots once you’re done. Cleaning up after yourself is a very VERY important part of the ‘street-riding-etiquette’ in Finland. There’s this one really good spot in Kuopio which is now overly guarded by the police because this one European crew left without taking down the kickers they’d built or generally cleaning up after themselves.