THE 7th Gentemstick Natural Pipe Masters competition, a time trial event held in Niseko Village on February 22, will reward the fastest to the bottom of the hill. About 100 people will participate for a chance to win ¥100,000, a season pass and much more. If you’re one of the 80 or so snowboarders competing, strap in tight and do your best ‘one’ to the bottom. For the minority of skiers out there, make sure you don’t get embarrassed by losing to a boarder. But, if you’re not up to the riding challenge, why not cast your vote for the winner for a mere ¥300 with a chance to win a locally made, highly sought after Gentemstick, which has re-popularized the oh-so-fast surf-style nose. Meanwhile, the Namara Ippatsu Jump competition is back on March 9. If you would like to find fame in an instant, this is the event for you. ‘Namara’ in Hokkaido dialect means ‘great’, and ‘Ippatsu’ a ‘one time action’. Give everything great that you’ve got to give one time only through the Hirafu jump park, and you might just find yourself the talk of the town. Well, at least for a day.