The Art of Flow

“There’s something that all surfers share. It’s something you can’t touch or feel. It’s in that unseen realm. Taro Tamai has applied that same approach to his snowboarding. It’s not just a way to ride the snow. It’s a complete lifestyle.” – Gerry Lopez

An arriving swell. Falling snow. Two forces, or one and the same? Two board sports legends, Pipeline master Gerry Lopez and snowsurf pioneer Taro Tamai, have spent a lifetime practicing the art of flow. Patagonia’s The Northern Sky digs down to the roots of that shared sensation, as experienced in the mountains above Niskeo, Japan. This Farm League film is the first episode in Patagonia’s #Find_Away series – a celebration of what pries us out of the back of the truck in the morning, what coaxes us out of the hut, what keeps us sharp in the off-season and always hungry for just one more.

Lopez (left) and Tamai surf snow. Photo courtesy Patagonia.
Lopez (left) and Tamai surf the mountains above Niskeo. Photo courtesy Patagonia.

“Whether it’s a Western approach or an Eastern approach, I think the goal is the same. To simplify everything and to let go of the unnecessary things. Whether it’s a skill or a way of doing things. Ultimately, once you’ve let go of everything that doesn’t matter, you’re left with the nature of that thing.” – Taro Tamai


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Taro Tamai (l) and Gerry Lopez. Photo courtesy Patagonia.
Taro Tamai (l) and Gerry Lopez. Photo courtesy Patagonia.