HEAD Freeski presents: 'Shinrin-Yoku'

Athletes Sam Kuch and Baker Boyd embrace true Japanese culture and powder.

“Shinrin-Yoku,” which translates to “forest bathing” in Japanese, serves as a fitting title and expression for two skiers immersing themselves in a forest full of frozen, light, and fluffy snow. HEAD freeski athletes Sam Kuch and Baker Boyd bathe in the trees of Rusutsu Resort in Hokkaido, Japan in the first HEAD Kore episode of 2020. 

This quote from the beginning of the film shapes the entirety of “Shinrin-Yoku”, which has been selected for the IF3 and High Five Film Festivals.

HEAD freeski athlete in Shinrin-Yoku.
‘If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.’ – Alan WattsPhoto courtesy of HEAD

Skiing is a unique opportunity to connect with the mountains and gain an appreciation for the natural world, especially the gift of deep powder. For Kuch and Boyd, the forest is a playground of seemingly never-ending possibilities. The HEAD athletes use natural features to display their creativity and talent. With tricks off buried boulders and shots naturally framed by snow-coated tree limbs, this film demonstrates the connection skiers share with nature. 

Plus, the original music by Factor Eight creates a dramatic and upbeat mood as Kuch and Boyd throw down tricks, experiment with their senses, and absorb the benefits of time in the forest. 

WATCH: Sam Kuch and Baker Boyd in “Shinrin-Yoku”

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