Masa Takeuchi

I met Masa 20 years when as a young professional snowboarder he showed for a photo shoot with Methven Heli.  Since then he has returned numerous times to NZ and I have recently bumped into him in the Tateyama region in Japan where we were both guiding at the same time. Masa is one of Japans most famous snowboarders, he runs a heliskiing business in Hokkaido and has a clothing line AK457 which specializes in clothing for the backcountry. This season Masa was on a photo shoot for his new clothing line and also to collect material to promote tours for next season. Masa prefers the big

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mountain terrain at Methven Heli to other operations and we like him riding with us!

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