When you think of snowboarding in August, the discussion quickly turns to traveling south of the equator to Chile, Argentina, New Zealand or Australia. This summer, after hosting their Signature Session at Windells, Nick Visconti and Stevie Bell packed their bags to go on a summer snowboard adventure like no other. Read on to find out what Nick had to say about his trip to the least talked about continent in snowboarding.
“After nearly 36 hours of traveling, for others 56, Stevie Bell, Scott Stevens, Ryan Hughes, John Cavin, Joel Parker, Janssen Powers, and I (Nick Visconti) arrived safely at Afri-Ski Resort in Lesotho, Africa. Accommodated by the resort, we were comfortably gifted two swiss-style ski chalets. Fine dining, exquisite South African wine and great company off set the jet lag, however in waking to an African sunrise with visuals of a enough snow to craft our creativity all restlessness and weariness were forgotten. The past five days have been unforgettable as we inspired the minds of the niche African snowboard culture, touched aborigines hearts with warm western welcomes, and created relationships with locals that due to globalization and modern technology will cross pollinate our lives eternally.”
“All our expectations of the snowboarding were abundantly destroyed. Expecting little, we gained much. Our photographic and videographic attempt at exposing the world wide passion for snowboard culture was extremely successful. We shredded lines in the rugged terrain of lost mountain ranges, rode surprisingly progressive park features, and used our minds to sculpt the begotten snow canvas of Africa. I will not allude to the images and footage we have already stacked, but let it suffice to say the journey half way around the world has been well worth it.”
“The real worth has been in engaging with the local ski and snowboard community. Afri-ski is the only ski resort in Africa and brings in snow sport enthusiasts from around the world.”
56 hours of travel and all I got was this passport stamp.
Check back soon for more updates from our Windells family on the other side of the Earth.