On this first part of the Kuril Islands episode, Xavier and crew sailed from Petropavlovsk (Russia) to Hokkaido (Japan) through the Kuril archipelago in Russia’s Sakhalin Oblast region, which is renowned for its severe climate and seismic activity. Planned stops en route would allow time to snowboard some of the majestic volcanoes that make up part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, like the Alaid volcano, the highest and most beautiful peak of the 100 volcanoes in the Kuril archipelago.
Filmed by Xavier De Le Rue and Bertrand Delapierre
Produced by Beanie De Le Rue and Marion Schmitz
Edited by Tim Burgess