Snowboard Mountaineer Nick Russell Auctions Splitboards to Profit Earthquake Victims

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Backcountry snowboarder Nick Russell is elevating cash for Turkish earthquake victims, and he’s ensuring they get as a lot of the proceeds as attainable. Russell’s DIY fundraiser is designed to ship each cent straight to the individuals who want it most, by way of Turkish Philanthropy Funds.

The Truckee, California-based rider is providing up two BelleTour setups from WNDR Alpine (together with poles and skins). The 159cm and 152cm BelleTour splitboard packages each retail for $1,200. Russell introduced the provide this week on Instagram.

On Feb. 6, an enormous 7.8 magnitude Earthquake struck Turkey and Syria, adopted by one other giant quake hours later. The destruction has killed almost 50,000 folks, with harsh winter climate making rescue and restoration harder. There have been 1000’s of aftershocks since, together with a 6.3 magnitude tremor Monday that killed six. It’s probably the most devastating pure catastrophe in Turkey’s historical past.

“I made a decision to do that as a result of there’s been an enormous and tragic pure catastrophe in part of the world usually forgotten about, particularly from the privileged wintertime tunnel imaginative and prescient we function in,” Russell instructed The Inertia. “I had the possibility to go to Turkey a couple of years again, and everybody we got here throughout was a number of the most type souls I’ve ever met.”

Wanna get in on it? Direct message Russell on Instagram with the worth you’re keen to half with for these beauties (the decrease restrict for each boards is $999). Russell will notify winners by March 1, 2023. To strap them to their skin-track-lovin’ ft, winners should donate the promised quantity on to Turkish Philanthropy Funds. Proof of donation is required.

“I received’t be dealing with any cash,” Russell wrote. “Delivery not included, restricted to U.S. solely. Additionally be happy to donate instantly … for good karma. Hopefully, we are able to elevate some cash to assist these in want whereas additionally giving two fortunate bidders an opportunity to buy a killer WNDR Alpine splitboard setup. It’s a win for everyone.”