||In this episode of Firsthand, Transworld Snowboarding's 2006 Rider of the Year, Hana Beaman, takes us across the Pacific to the mountains of Japan and then back to the snowy peaks of Lake Tahoe, CA. Coming off a silver medal at the Winter X Games, Hana tries to keep her podium streak alive as she battles the world's best snowboarders in her first ever Nippon Open appearance. From there it's back home to Salt Lake City, UT to rest for a day before setting off on a road trip to Lake Tahoe for the historic Vans Cup at Northstar. While in Tahoe, Hana partakes in a photo shoot with the Von Zipper crew for next year's eyewear catalogue.
Sponsors: Ride Snowboards, Vans Boots and Outerwear, Von Zipper, Grenade Gloves