I’ve watched a lot of skate, surf, and snow reels in my time, but I can’t think of a single example which was as well realised as part three of Nomad.
Keegan Valaika, Forest Bailey, Artem Smolin and Alex Tank set off into the urban Siberian wilds via the Trans-Siberian Railway last Winter with the intent of flexing their snow skills and experiencing something new. adidas immortalised the journey on film and fed it through an eery analogue filter with a lo-fi soundtrack supplied by John Maus, Piers Baron and more. The result is a deeply memorable reel of formidable board work and landscapes that wouldn’t look unusual on a 1970’s Soviet postcard.
“We wanted to go somewhere new and somewhere that we were going to remember for the rest of our lives,” says Keegan Valaika. “Something that no one had ever really done before.”
While it’s probably a stretch to say no one has snowboarded through one of the most consistently snowy regions of the world, I doubt it’s been done with this much style. Seeing these guys tear it up makes me both incredible jealous and highly aware that my lack of co-ordination would probably see me hospitalised before even strapping into the board on day one in Russia.
Check out Part I and II of the extreme voyage here.