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501 Parts To See Before You Die – #10-14 Jussi Oksanen Retirement Special

Jussi Oksanen burst on the scene in 1999 with this incredible opening section for TB8. Though follow cams are two-a-penny these days, in this pre GoPro era it was still a novelty for the viewer to join a pro for the ride.

We’re with Jussi in the park – all you can hear is the sound of his board on the snow and his heavy breathing as he sets himself up for a kicker

And what a ride. We’re with Jussi in the park – all you can hear is the sound of his board on the snow and his heavy breathing as he sets himself up for a kicker. Looking at his feet you can see his bindings look a bit odd, and you figure out he’s coming in switch. You wouldn’t know it from the way he’s riding. Jussi carves up this huge American transition, busts a cab 900 off the lip – which is pretty much as tech as tricks got back then – and it’s like you’re riding alongside him, watching this machine rotating through the air and landing clean as a whistle. Then he charges straight into the next kicker, where he launches a massive front 5…

The now legendary segment set the tone for the rest of his section (and, arguably, future park lines like Torstein’s. With pretty much every trick in the book nailed one way or another (‘regular’ and ‘switch’ seemed to be alien terms to this guy) across kickers, powder and rails, this young Finnish kid was setting new standards for freestyle snowboarding.

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