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YoBETA: Lofoten and Riksgränsen Norway with Johan Rosen

Johan Rosen is “straight outta the woods of Sweden,” so it’s only appropriate he would give us some tips for living in a tent in Norway. We honestly don’t know anything about him and this is the last one of these we’re writing so check back later for a good intro. Maybe. [Editor’s note: Probably not]

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What was your favorite thing to drink?
Jonas’s special Chaga/Ginger tea

Best food you ate? Grossest thing on the menu you definitely didn’t order?
Camping cooking is always good, wasn’t really anything too gross around just some smelly dried fish

Best technique for hooking up with a sexy member of the same or opposite sex?
Be creative

Most useful second language?
Dalmål

Best place to stay?
The prospector tent, best place to fall asleep next to a fire when you can hear the wind outside.

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JAPAN

Nils in Sweden Mihaj

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BULGARIA

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CHILE   

YoBETA: Bulgaria with Kareem el Rafie

When you’re a Swede named Kareem, snowboard-logic would certainly surmise Marc Franc Montoya’s style should live on through you. And we’re soul-happy to inform you that this character is holding the yo-torch high! But there’s much more to Kareem El Rafie than meets the eye. When not rocking Organic Clothing on the streets of the world, Kareem peddles Sweden’s finest fish, beef and vegan tacos on the streets of Stockholm from LaOlita, sending positive vibes from park box to mega booter with the finest melting pot of style! AND since he lives in Sweden, his cross-cultural love of all things awesome doesn’t actually offend anyone. He joined up with the crew of Soft Impact for the Bulgaria leg of the trip, and we asked him to TELL US MORE about existing as himself in Sophia. 

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Organic Stalefish at Ski Center Kartala. Photo: Niko Plakov

What was your favorite thing to drink in Bulgaria?
Bulgarian beer is pretty dope!

Best food you ate? Grossest thing on the menu you definitely didn’t order?
Bulgarian food is suprisingly good! High quality ingredients with simple but delicious dishes! My favorite was for sure their Pumkin soup! Didn’t really remember any disasters foodwise, except maybe a bad kebab here or there…

Best technique for hooking up with a sexy member of the same or opposite sex?
Best pickup line I learned was “Kaksi Mazdka” which translates (kind of) to, “how U doing Hottie?”

Best place to stay?

Best place to stay is for sure at the “mayor of Bulgaria” Niko Plakov‘s Crib in Sofia! Best of times and homie got all the resorts in Bulgaria on lock and the streets as well!

Most useful second language?

That would probably be English or Serbian. I went with English haha

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NIls Arvidsson

JAPAN

Nils in Sweden Mihaj

SWEDEN

BULGARIA

NORWAY

CHILE   

YoBETA: Hemavan, SWEDEN with Lowe Andersson

Technically, Lowe Andersson doesn’t get paid to ride a snowboard. But without ever meeting him, we assume he can ride a snowboard well, fast, with a heavy bag on his back and $10,000 worth of camera gear in his hand, to boot. Or at the very least, he can stand in a park and spit shittalk like no other. You see, Lowe found snowboarding at some point in his life and fell in love, but blessed with a creative mind and good eye, he chose the slightly softer impact route of filming. Eventually he founded No Budget Products, making him the perfect filmer/editor to bring along with a bunch of riders who actually have budgets for personal side projects. He also eats, drinks and enjoys life, so we decided to ask him for the dirt on staying in Hemevan, Sweden during the making of Soft Impact.

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Best food you ate? Grossest thing on the menu you definitely didn’t order?
Johan Rosen’s roadkill burger is the best and I’m definitly not getting the liver!!!

Most useful second language?
Norwegian and English.

Nils goes small in Sweden. Photo: Mihaj Badea

Best place to stay? And you can’t say “whatever’s free”
STF Hostels

Best technique for hooking up with a sexy member of the same or opposite sex?
Show her that you can party!

TOTALLY IRRELEVANT BONUS EDIT! FILMED and Edited by Lowe

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Nils in Sweden Mihaj

SWEDEN

BULGARIA

NORWAY

CHILE   

NIls Arvidsson

YoBETA: Japan with Nils Arvidsson

Nils Arvissson’s short story goes something like this. Swedish boy genius snowboarder works his way through the competitive ranks and scores top honors with his triple-chucking ability. Hooks up with the right people, gets on Vans, Rip Curl and Nitro. Breaks his arm (twice) and is told he can’t keep crashing on hard-ass landings. Tells his sponsors, “Yo, Imma go to Japan and ride powder.” And that’s where we caught up with him to find out what he learned from his SOFT IMPACT trip to the great, white East.

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Nils digging out in Japan. Photo Lozza

Favorite thing to drink?
Sapporo beer and water

Best food you ate? Grossest thing on the menu you definitely didn’t order?
Had some amazing sushi and the diffrent ramen noodle soups where sick! Saw lots of really sketchy food at the supermarket, including some nasty looking eggs and the classic chicken feet.

Best technique for hooking up with a sexy member of the same or opposite sex?
Backflip

Most useful second language?
If English doesnt work, just smile and wave.

Best place to stay?
Always Niseko or Miasan’s place

NIls Arvidsson photo Lozza

Photo: Lozza 

BONUS NILS VIDEO!

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Nils in Sweden Mihaj

SWEDEN

BULGARIA

NORWAY

CHILE   

YOBETA: Some Soft Impact Travel Tips For Sweden, Norway, Chile, Japan and Bulgaria!

If our Hump Day with PJ Gustaffson last week taught us anything, it’s that Sweden is the promised land for snowboard careers. But because the Internet moves too damn fast in 2017, we’re gonna keep reminding you as often as reminders arise! Starting today (and through the end of the Internet) you can enjoy this a 12-minute long, self-produced movie entitled “Soft Impact” from Swedish-Sensation Nils Arvidsson RIGHT HERE.

The premise for the flick is as old as snowboard time:  Boy-snowboard-genius breaks arm (twice.) Mean doctors say “NO MORE MEGA BOOTERS.” Boy says “FUCK IT! I’ll just fall into powder.” Boy calls up his awesome sponsors (Rip Curl, Nitro and Vans) other extremely radical friends with travel budgets and snowboard skills  (Nate Johnstone, Markus Keller, Kareem el Rafie, Johan Rosen, Felix Engström) and they go on a bunch of dream trips across the globe meeting more friends (Ludwig Lejkner, Edwin Hed, Markus Östman, Jonas Wilhelmsson, Benny Urban, Jonas Wilhelmsson, Niklas Mattsson) along the way. They bring along the world’s best filmers (Grego Campi, Martin Campi, Pirmin Juffinger, Lowe Andersson, Niko Plakov, Johan Rosen, Kristoffer Fahlgren and Johannes Brenning) and more fun is had because falling into powder hurts less!  Then they dump a bunch of the extra footy on a harddrive and give it to Lowe Andersson to edit in his spare time. THE RESULT: A fast, fun movie to enjoy!

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JAPAN

Nils in Sweden Mihaj

SWEDEN

BULGARIA

NORWAY

CHILE   

YoBETA: Chile with Nate Johnstone

Full-grown adult from Nate Johnstone hails from Newport, Australia, where he goes home to care for his own unit (that’s Aussie-english for home), beautiful wife and cuddly kitty. He can afford to ball-out cause his parents taught him right, and has big-time sponsors because he ain’t afraid to COMPETE. Nathan is also known for his big mountain badassery. He joined the SOFT IMPACT party in Chile, we tapped him for some first-person tips for eating, drinking and more. 

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Nils and Nate in Chile

Nils Arvidsson and Nate double team Chile. Photo: Jerome Tanon

What was your favorite thing to drink?

Favourite drink from Chile would probably be the Chilean red wine or Pisco sour. Both too damn good to choose from.

Best food you ate? Grossest thing on the menu you definitely didn’t order?

Best food would of had to be the open fire lamb cooking over hot coals for hours. I don’t think I’ve had better meat than I had in Chile. I honestly don’t think I ate in anything that was bad down there.

Best technique for hooking up with a sexy member of the same or opposite sex?

I’m married, so my game is long gone haha

Most useful second language?

If I could speak a second language I’d probably learn Spanish. Pretty widely used and it’s nice to listen to.

Best place to stay?

Hotel Alaia at Punta de Lobos was probably one of my favourite places to stay on my trip to Chile. The place had everything going for it.

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NIls Arvidsson

JAPAN

Nils in Sweden Mihaj

SWEDEN

BULGARIA

NORWAY

CHILE