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The Northwave Team went to town for a beer fuelled frenzy

Northwave Team week popped OFF! The boys took over the Rhône-Alpes for a week of snowboarding, beer and debauchery. The crew was made up of Alex Stewart, Dusan Kriz, JJ Rayward, Ethan Morgan, Tor Lundstrom, Tyler Chorlton and The Simpson Brothers – that’s a pretty heavyweight roster if you ask us.

The lads headed over to the French Alps for a little bit of Man and Wolf fuelled action, and laid down some hot and heavy riding over the mountains. From backcountry to beertown the boys spent the week hitting anything and everything they could get their hands on. The new Northwave team got down and dirty getting to grips with the new boots and the updated Drake boards and bindings, giving them the go over on the mountain.

JJ Rayward going huge at the night shoot

Tyler Chorlton, the best thing to come out of Britain since Cadbury’s Creme Eggs, was present and accounted for and laid down some of his signature beaut moves, cliff drops galore and more spins than you can count on all your fingers and toes. Tor Lundstrom came out swinging with some of his fabled Beyond Medals hot sauce, and unapologetically sent it all week. JJ Rayward had some of the standout clips in the movie, the Kiwi ripper was serving up some steaming hot booter action.

King of bindings

Some of the most original content we’ve seen in a while came about at a night shoot using beer kegs as a feature, the boys stacked some heaters throughout the evening seshing their homemade feature. Alex Stewart delved into his bag of tricks and pulled out a huuuuge laid out backie over the kegs, can anyone look more chilled out upside down than this dude?

Keep your eyes peeled for the 2019/2020 Northwave and Drake offerings, and check out our sneak peek from ISPO.

We had a quick chat with Alex and Ethan to get their hot take on the trip.

Whitelines: Who was the worst in pouring a beer?

Alex Stewart: Gumby! Nah, i’m just kidding! I think snowboarders are quite good at that skill so I’m not sure i can give you an answer.

Ethan Morgan: As far as i remember i think Dusan was the king of foam.

WL: Why do you ride with Northwave and which boots are you using?

AS: I guess it was time for me to have a change. It was such a long time I had been riding with DC and when the offer from Northwave came along, it was something I couldn’t reject. Being Team Manager and rider is such a different experience, I wanted to try something new, with a brand that is still rider owned and that gives me the creativity to share my ideas and projects. I’ve been using the Prophecy. It’s really really nice! Speed lacing system is epic and it’s easily the most sturdy boot I have ever ridden.

EM: I have been admiring the Northwave team and boots since i was a kid. So i am honoured to be part of this team now. I ride the decade, I like the new flat tounge of them. I like stiff boots and that gives some extra support

WL: Anything specific you’ve been super keen about this season tech wise?

AS: There has been some epic new improvements in the Drake Binding range, the new SuperSport has a pretty nifty new heel strap with pivoting arm that gets the strap out of the way when you strap in which is pretty cosy.

WL: Ethan, we’ve heard you’ve been in Finland, how was that experience? Did you eat that gnarly gross fish thing?

EM: First time to Finland for me, so it was fun to check the vibe out there. No way, I would love to try that gross fish thing! Never even heard about it while i was there. Damn. Next time I will get that shit and puke it straight out again.

Keep your eyes peeled for the 2019/2020 Northwave and Drake offerings, and check out our sneak peek from ISPO.

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