We will never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it. It's this self discovery that inevitably takes us to the wildest places on earth.— Travis Rice
The most profound Travis Rice quotes that will inspire your inner self
We'll never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it.
Experiencing the world through Endless secondhand information isn't enough.
If we want authenticity we have to initiate it.
If we want authenticity we have to initiate it.
Being out on the ocean seems like a different world to being in the mountains and the backcountry, but there is also a lot of symmetry. They each have their own biorhythms from a motherly embrace to tempestuous wrath. What I love about being out in nature is that you are at the mercy of your own decision making.
Bryan [Iguchi] had this beautiful philosophy about our connection with these incredible cycles. There's a line from one of his poems that always stays with me about 'This process we follow; this cycle we ride' and it's almost become a strap line for the film.
When your location is a snowy mountain in the winter the obstacles are pretty extreme.
I find I enjoy myself most on those days when it's just me and a couple close friends away from it all. True human interaction in a day when we are all spread so thin.
We were looking at weather and our relationships with weather.
It goes to a few other places, and I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't go into it, but it's about a willingness to expose oneself a little bit more and share something openly and honestly. It's more than just landing tricks. Moving forward, this is just another stepping stone.
I knew Shin [Biyajima] a little bit early on, but it's funny because where I really met Shin, and where he made a strong impression on me, was in Jackson Hole. I sledded back to a secret zone way deep in the Jackson backcountry to some freeriding. I got out there and followed some snowmobile tracks figuring it's just some snowmobilers.
I actually enjoyed getting lost in Japan's backroads, finding myself in a wasabi farm.
My dad really wanted to learn how to sail and, when I was 16, he became a quarter partner in this small, 24-foot trimaran.Three weeks a year, I'd go with him and we'd sail from Florida out around the Bahamas.
There's no doubt 'normal' is changing - spring actually came a month early in Alaska, for example, and we had to stop filming.
It was just on a whole other level, getting to experience and ride that terrain.
We spent a fair amount of time in the Hakuba Valley.
I'm passionate about capturing amazing snowboarding action.
I get so much out of the artistic endeavor of even getting one amazing shot in a pristine environment, using specialist cameras to showcase how fun and dynamic snowboarding is. That's what I live for.
We faced blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, and of course dangerous snow conditions and vertiginous drops. That's what you get when you're working with fickle mother nature - you start out with a solid plan and it always changes, so you have to evolve and adapt.
The Tokyo Dome Big Air contest (in 2003) was my first trip to Japan.
I think I won it with a double back or something. Those events were fun. I was underaged, like 19 or 20, and going over to Japan in the very beginning was insane. It was amazing.
Apart from those other riders there is a whole production team [ of The Fourth Phase] behind the cameras too, hauling hundreds of kilos of fragile and awkward filming equipment up those same frozen landscapes. They're the real heroes.
One of the proudest things for me with this film [The Fourth Phase] is that year after year we put ourselves right out there making it and no one got seriously injured.
What you ride and how you choose to ride is such a dynamic part of what this contest [ Ultra Natural] is built for.
When I finally got to go ride the mountains in Japan, it blew my mind.
I love to snowboard with no cameras: 100 percent.
It’s not the destination but the adventure along the way.
The whole goal with this thing [Ultra Natural] from the start was to really let rider's style define them and their line choice.
You know, I wouldn't even call snowboarding a sport, you know for me it's just a way of life
Ya know it's funny, what's happening to us.
Our lives have become digital. Our friends, now virtual. And, anything you could ever wanna know is just a click away. Experiencing the world through second hand information isn't enough. If we want authenticity we have to initiate it. We will never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it. It's this self-discovery that inevitably takes us to the wildest places on earth.
I was pretty blown away by how vast and aggressive the terrain is in the Japanese Alps. You're looking up at peaks, and it's like Alaska seeing all kinds of amazing stuff that looks ridable, but it's 70 percent death defying; only a small percentage really goes.
Sometimes storms come through with wind and blow the features off or sometimes they come in heavy and grow the features to the point where we have to shovel them off again. Leading up to the window for our event we try to get everything lined up and safe for the riders.
What is snowboarding to me? I'd say it's when I feel passion.
That is, if passion is a combination of utter joy, frustration and rage. It's my life.
One of the deep routed motivations for looking at our connection to snow and its journey to our mountains came from Bryan Iguchi, who I rode with a lot when I was just a teenager.
I've been to Japan so many times, but I still constantly stumble across things that are so foreign to me.
I realized pretty quickly just how big and aggressive some of the mountains were down in Nagano Prefecture.
We started out making a film [ The Fourth Phase] about the incredible snow we get at home in Wyoming, the journey soon macroed out into this epic 16,000 mile trip around the North Pacific, taking us to locations in Japan, Alaska, the Kamchatka Peninsula in far-eastern Russia, and back to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
The idea [of the Fourth Phase ] was that by taking a closer look at where our weather comes from, and the processes involved in making it, we could all walk away with a greater appreciation of water in its various magical forms.
Pretty much everywhere we went we had crazy weather.
I think Russia was probably one of the toughest places for us weatherwise, but even Alaska, the last three years have been somewhat subpar when you look at historically how Alaska can shape up.
Don't hurry, don't worry, and don't forget to smell the flowers.
It would be really nice to have a venue stop in Japan someday. Japan would be perfect for it.
I'm very much looking forward to doing nothing fixed, just riding for fun.
Over the past six years, my girlfriend and I live on our boat two or three months a year. It's just one of our seasonal homes at this point.
Even getting one amazing shot in a pristine environment is what I live for.
We're all doing what we love. It's how we express ourselves - operating in a space where you don't know if something is possible or not.
Shin [Biyajima] rides down with this big ol' Japanese grin and giggle and I'm like what? Two years later, when I started planning the trip, I knew Shin was from the Hakuba area, and I didn't want to come film in Japan without a Japanese rider. Shin had the time and availability, and it worked out perfect.
We pretty much had crazy weather, historically speaking, in every location we filmed [The Fourth Phase]. Nothing has been normal in the past three years.
I knew I wanted to shoot in Japan early on.
Years ago, we did a Japan segment in "The Community Project," and at the time I felt it was one of the better Japan segments ever captured.
Inevitably it's always a set-up; you go somewhere, bring your own expectations, you think you have an idea of what you want to do but then the minute you get there everything changes, so trying to work with people who are able to ride in a lot of different conditions, sub-par conditions, people who are able to make the most of any situation.
When it comes down to it, it’s pretty simple.
Adventure is what you make it. And whether it’s the travel, the discovery or just the feeling of letting go, the only way we’ll ever find out is to get out there and do it. Enjoy the ride.
Now you're gonna take beatings. It's written in our DNA, you know. You're gonna go down. You get up, it's that simple.
Ultimately it's a snowboarding film [Fourth Phase], of course, so the main thing that we wanted to celebrate was how awesome snowboarding is! Secondly, we wanted to celebrate the environment that we all shape our lives around. So the film documents myself and other like-minded individuals attempting to follow the hydrological cycles that shape the worlds we've committed our lives to.
I think it mostly comes down to trying to align with people who are down with a mission and will bring optimism.
While researching the project [The Fourth Phase] I stumbled across this amazing research by a scientist called Dr Gerard Pollack who had done studies on what he called a 'fourth phase' of water.