Nippon Open, February 2008

Alts Bandai skifield, Japan

The mountain is Bansaisan, now very peaceful, but an active volcano that last erupted with enormous violence about 120 years ago.



Waiting my turn to drop into the half pipe for the first round of the competition.




The calm in front of the starting gate




Quiet tension behind the starting gate.



The half pipe in sunshine on the day of the finals.


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