12 Just Go!

#12 JUST GO!

Bad seasons particularly test our patience and motivation, our positive attitude and ultimately our sanity. That’s why we think it is crucial to stay strong and encourage everyone around to stay positive. That lead us to name this issue Just Go!

In the editorial you’ll find how a low snow season should not affect your patience and motivation. Aurélien Routens is interviewed to tell us about his projects and his passion for the mountains, Oksana Chekulaeva talks about splitboarding and guiding in the Caucasus mountains. Kyle Miller, probably our favorite splitboarder, gives us some tips about climbing volcanoes in the US, and more of the usual content. Not to forget our annual splitboard test, the biggest splitboard test in the market. Sit back, kick off your shoes, and enjoy reading it!

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splitboard test


The annual Splitboardmag test was held last February at Estación de Alta Montaña de Tavascan, La Pleta del Prat – a mountain resort in the Spanish Pyrenees. Over a week, 5 riders tested 28 splitboards, a good sample of what will be available on the market starting next fall.

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Aurelien Routens grew up in Grenoble and moved to La Grave – one of the freeriding and big mountain riding Mecca – over ten years ago. These days, the French rider splits his seasons between the Hautes Alpes…

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Aurelien Routens
Oksana Chekulaeva

GIRLS! Oksana Chekulaeva

Oksana Chekulaeva is member of Russian Mountain Guide Association since 2011. With more than 70 successful ascending in Elbrus from south, north, west routs, 2 expeditions in Aconcagua, some over 6000m peaks in Bolivia, Pamir, Himalaya with snowboard and many first descents in Caucasus mountains.

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In all my life, I never thought my splitboard would take me back here. I remember the people, the buildings, and even the funny smells, but now I can hardly recognize any of it. In January of 2015 my good friend and filmmaker, Tommy Penick, and I set out on a mission to go snowboarding in Slovakia.

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euro trip splitboard


1 mountain refuge hut, 3 days, 20 riders; a powerful group with unpaired attitude and camaraderie. Pure splitboarding!

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splitboard art seth ligthcap


Born in Wisconsin without a real mountain in a thousand miles. I taught myself to snowboard on the miniature hills of Midwest golf courses…

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eco splitboard mervin


The motivation for our philosophies is multi faceted. Mike Olson and I started Mervin MFG. We have been hand building surfboards, skateboards and snowboard ourselves since we were kids, over thirty years. This is a life’s work.

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