Photo Highlights From Bear Mountain’s Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails

9/29/2014 2:10:19 PM

The official countdown to winter has begun now that this last weekend’s Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails event up at Bear Mountain shook Southern California like an earthquake. For the first time ever, Bear Mountain park staff had two zones set up for riders to compete for the $10,000 prize. Johnny O’Connor ended up taking 1st place, Mariah Dugan took 1st for the ladies, with Zack Rawles taking best trick. Here are a few photo highlights from this past weekend’s event, taken by Flow Snowboarding’s Wallace Hargraves.





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Photo Highlights From Bear Mountain’s Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails 2 of 2

9/29/2014 2:10:00 PM

Here are more photos from Wallace Hargraves of Bear Mountain’s Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails competition.









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Mike Basich Featured in Heavy Mental by Absinthe Films

9/26/2014 1:39:46 PM

Check out our pal Mike Basich who is featured in the latest Absinthe film Heavy Mental.

“The lack of snow in much of the world, and a lack of snowpack stability in most other places, made this winter exceptionally challenging. Mentally and otherwise. A bit like a riddle, a maze, and a game of chicken rolled into one. With heavy consequences for not playing at the very top of your game. Lucky for you, (and for Absinthe) we were at the right place at the right time. But that would be a long and weird name for a movie, so we decided to call this one HEAVY MENTAL. You will be rocked.” -Absinthe Films

Heavy Mental is now available for download on iTunes. Have you seen the film yet? If so… what did you think of Mike Basich’s segment? We at Flow Snowboarding want to know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Getting to Know Urska Pribosic

9/25/2014 7:07:39 PM

Slovenian snowboarder Urska Pribosic recently graced the the cover of the Blue Tomato snowboard catalog and was recently featured in Lipstick Productions short film No Place Like Home. Never one to miss a joke or prank, Pribosic’s Lipstick Productions rider profile lists “Honesty” as a virtue she has, followed comically by “Lying” as a bad habit.

We had a chance to track down Flow Global Ambassador Urska Pribosic to ask her a few questions about her growing up snowboarding, her summer & winter travels, as well as being featured in the new Lipstick Productions film “Something.” Her jovial nature shone through on a few of her answers. Have a read.

Where is home for you Urska, currently?

Earth… most of the time.

Did you ever ski before you started snowboarding?

Yes and I still sometimes do, just to be reminded how much better snowboarding is.

Do you listen to any music when you ride?

If I remember to take it with me…so no. And even if I do remember the battery is usually dead.

What is your current snowboarding setup? Board, boots, bindings? 

I ride flow Velvet 146 for park and street, for powder I use a Velvet 150. Boots wise I sue the Deelite coiler.  My bindings are the Minx GT.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding?

Pokljuka. I straight went for powder but didn’t go very far.

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

Vogel and Dachstein. Even though Dachstein is in Austria, I’ve been there so many times it feels like home.

Where was your favorite snowboarding trip last winter?

To Georgia (but not the US one…)

Where are you looking forward to riding next winter?

The United States…

Have you ever visited North America to snowboard at all? 

Yes, in Colorado. Copper Mountain and Breckenridge and in Canada. BC & Quebec.

What is your favorite place to travel to for snowboarding?

The one I have never been to.

What is your favorite place to travel to not for snowboarding?

Asia. I like their culture more than western culture.

How has your summer been? What have you been up to to stay in shape for the winter?

Great! I went cycling from Slovenia to Portugal. It took me one month. The spent the next month resting from the previous trip.

Did you snowboard much in the summer with all the glacier and summer snowboarding access you have in Europe? 

We have some glaciers around Austria and France that are also good in summer but I’m usually not very motivated to ride in summer. I do think about other stuff (in the summer).

Are you involved in any activities, events or films coming up that you would like the Flow Snowboarding supporters to look out for?

Yes! There is “Something,” the movie from Lipstick Productions. It’s coming out soon.

Any advice to they younger riders, looking to get sponsored or become a professional snowboarder?

Don’t forget that your doing it out of passion… Hopefully not to get sponsored.

Tell us about filming with Lipstick Productions. I saw your part in “Boobilicious…” Are there any other videos or edits that we should be looking out for?

Filming with Lipstick is the best part of the season. Yes, you should look out for our new movie Something.

Anything else you would like to say to the Flow Snowboarding customers and support?

Just go with Flow

Urska Pribosic has her Flying Squirrel costume as seen in her segment of the film “Boobilicious.” Mike Basich has his Yeti costume seen in the popular GoPro commercial. Even Johan Jenssen, our Photo of the Week winner from last week, has this chicken costume. Do any of you out there have a costume you like riding around in to break the monotony. Share with us on social media. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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What Snowboarding Has Given Bas Elhorst

9/22/2014 5:55:07 PM

“Snowboarding has been my life so far. I wake up with snowboarding and go to bed with it, I breathe snowboarding. Snowboarding has done so many good things for me. I cannot even name them all.” -Bas Elhorst

Flow Snowboarding Global Ambassador Bas Elhorst has been riding the greater part of two decades now, with most of that time being winter resident of Arlberg, Austria in the Alps. Elhorst had an internship up in Alaska at H20 guides as a heli-operator and has completed his Austrian Snowboard guiding course Snowboard Führer. The knowledge that Elhorst acquired from Snowboard Führer allows him to guide other snowboarders into the backcountry of the Alps.

“I am not a conventional guide that shows the typical places where everybody can go down symmetrical in a row,” explained Elhorst on his website. “My style of guiding is about giving your own input and stimulating a learning process. It is about forecasting avalanches, awareness, fun and most of all safety.”

Elhorst started as an instructor, would shoot films and also entered in competitions. As Elhorst started to compete in more FIS boardercross and Freeridecross events, he began allocating more focus on competing. Upon being invited into the Freeride World Qualifying Series in Europe, he made competing in the Freeride World Series one of his goals.

“In order to reach the top of the Freeride World Tour I am doing a lot of fitness, surfing and cycling,” said Elhorst on his website.

Flow Snowboarding had a chance to shoot a few questions across the globe to Bas Elhorst; see how his summer is going, recap his winter, get an update on the rehab of his broken ankle, and what he’s looking forward to next season.

Where are you originally from? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Amsterdam and moved to Austria when I was 18.

Where do you currently live?

I live half of the year in the Netherlands, on the border of Amsterdam, the other half of the year I live in Austria in the Arlberg area.

Where was your first trip to the mountains to go ski/snowboard? What Resort

That was in Gries, a tiny village in the Ötztal area.

Did you grow up skiing first or have you always been snowboarding?

I first grew up skiing in the holidays, my first snowboard experience was when I was 14 on an old B#rT#n 164 alpine board with a big “Legalize It” sticker.

What’s your current board, boots and bindings preference?

My favorite board is definitely the Maverick 164, which is a true high speed all mountain machine, but I started to appreciate the Darwin 157 more and more last winter, because it was so mellow on my ankle that I broke last winter. I also love to ride the Maverick 161 for riding kickers and playing in the powder.

The boots I have been riding are the Talon Focus, they give me a solid support that I need and they are just the perfect fit for my feet.

For the bindings I really do love NX2 GT with their new strap technology and they are not too stiff for my liking.

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

The Arlberg, Austria

Being in the Alps, do you normally take advantage of all the glacier summer snowboarding, or do you take a break in the off season?

No, I love the break in between.

You have been recovering from an injury last season, right? What happened?

I broke my right ankle on a run to Lech on one of the few powder days we had last season. I misjudged a spine that I wanted to jump, I jumped it too much straight instead to the left, and landed on a big rock at the end of a big rock field. It could have been much worse though.

How is the recovery going?

Really well, I can run, surf and mountain bike without any troubles. Only when skateboarding, I still have to be careful though.

Other than snowboarding, what other kind of sports or hobbies do you participate in?

My favorite other hobby is Surfing, but I got myself more into mountain biking last winter for the recovery of my ankle and I must say that it’s also a very addictive sport I like. I do like the adrenaline and adventures part of all these sports.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

Riding with the Gnarlberg Steinbocks in Italy, we found a great resort that I would like to keep a secret. They have the best couloirs and bowls with lift access. It was a bit of a risky weekend, but so much fun.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next year?

I am looking forward to riding with friends on those crazy powder days, to explore new mountains and to guide my guests and show them the most wonderful runs they can imagine.

Where was the furthest you’ve ever traveled in order to snowboard?

I worked for a season at H2O guides in Alaska, Valdez.

Where was your favorite place to travel to not related to snowboarding?

I love Sumatra Indonesia, because it is still pure and they have so many good waves.

What kind of music do you prefer riding to?

No music. Love the sound of the popcorn and wind around my head.

Any advice you would like to give to all the aspiring younger snowboarders out there?

Do what you love, and don’t take it to serious, it’s just snowboarding.

Anything else you’d like to say to the Flow support or customers?

I am very grateful for the Flow support and the people that buy the Flow products, without them I would have been bankrupt with all the gear that I trash when I am out there riding. The products improved a lot over the years and Flow takes the riders feedback very serious. On a long-term base I would love to get even more involved with the product design and R&D.

BY FAIR MEANS – lost tales from gnarlberg (subtitles) from Elmar Strotmann on Vimeo.

Bas Elhorst emphasized the importance of backcountry and avalanche training and education prior to starting his venture as a snowboarding guide. Have any of you completed your appropriate backcountry education yet? Let us know where you studied avalanche and backcountry saftey. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.