10/21/2014 11:04:10 AM
Now that chair lifts are spinning in North America once again, it is time to start raising the stoke level. Make sure you have your gear in order, your board is nicely tuned and waxed and everything is situated for you to run to the hills when your time comes.
Check out this exclusive edit filmed last winter at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s Unbound Main Park. This 2014 with a GoPro featuring Tim Humphreys is brought to you by Heckler Magazine. You can find this edit and a write up on Humphreys on page 56 of the Heckler Digital Magazine Volume 2.1. Let Humpy and Heckler Magazine know what you think of the edit by reaching out via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.
10/20/2014 6:36:24 PM
The Duder abides in the Pacific Northwest. Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Nathan Jacobson to find out a little bit more about his background, to recap his strong showing in his snowboarding competitions last winter, what he has been up to over the summer to his plans for the upcoming winter.
Where are you originally from Nathan?
I was born and raised in Bend Oregon. I love it here. There is no place I would have rather grown up. Everyone here is nice and the community is outdoorsy. The mountain is only 20 minutes from town and we had an indoor skate park that I would spend a lot of hours at.
What do you consider your home mountain to be?
Mt. Bachelor is my home mountain.
Did you ski before, or have you always been snowboarding?
I started skiing when i was 2 years old. My dad would carry me around the mountain in a backpack going top speed before I could walk.
The first time I went snowboarding I was 5 years old at my home mountain, Mt. Bachelor. My family were all skiers so I think they hoped I wouldn’t like it. I fell like 70 times on my first run. My dad asked if I was over it. I replied, “No way! That was awesome!”
What was it like competing in the Men’s US Open of Snowboarding?
It was by far the most fun I have ever had at a contest. Plus… the half pipe was amazing! I was competing with my childhood heroes. It was cool to be hanging around them, everyone was nice and funny. It also made me realize that I’m at their level now.
USASA Nationals in CO, you placed 3rd in Men’s open halfpipe and 6th in slopestyle. Congratulations… what was that whole event like?
Well that was my 8th year competing at nationals so I have experienced it a lot. Nationals has so much going on. It’s crazy fun. It was my second year riding the open class and first time on the podium in that class. My new coach Spencer, from the US Snowboard team, was there watching and I think that really helped me try to impress him and to try to secure my spot on the team.
What’s it like being on the US Snowboard Team?
Amazing, they help out so much and make sure that we are in top shape for the upcoming winter. They have had team camps through out the summer and fall, so I really have gotten to know my teammates. We are all at a higher level of riding so it is nice to have people pushing me all of the time.
What are a few of your favorite resorts to travel to?
My favorite place to ride is Mt. Bachelor because of the all natural terrain, everything is like a natural halfpipe, wind lips, tranny finding, and natural quarter pipes. That’s why we have so many good half pipe riders coming out of Bend. Everywhere in Colorado and Utah… because there is so much snow and so many different resorts to go to. Breckenridge has my favorite terrain park.
You skate and wakeboard too… what are some of your favorite skate spots? Where do you usually wake board?
We have a lot of good skate spots close to Bend. We just got a new outdoor park this summer which has been fun. Sisters, Oregon has fun bowls and a cradle. We wakeboard in the summer at Prineville Reservoir and sometimes Round Butte.
Who were our influences growing up snowboarding?
Ben Watts was a big influence on me when i was starting out snowboarding. He was a great skater and I skated with him all the time at the indoor park in Bend. All of my friends started snowboarding so I wanted to start too. When Ben made the US Snowboard team, I realized that a goal like that was possible.
Who are your main influences now?
My coaches at Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation – they are all great riders and are super positive and amazing coaches.
What is your current ride setup? Board, boots, bindings… Does your setup differ from park to powder riding?
This season I plan to ride on the 153 Black Out snowboard, large Fuse Hybrids bindings and the Hylite Focus snowboard boots, size 9′s. I like camber more than rocker because I feel more stable. My setup does not differ from park to powder. I really like my set up so I ride it in everything.
Where is the furthest you have traveled to snowboard?
Seven Springs, PA
Where is one place you love traveling to, not pertaining to snowboarding?
Florida. It’s warm, DisneyWorld is there and they have the Orlando Watersports Complex for wakeboard cable park riding. Also, there is a huge Van’s skate park.
What is the origin of the name “Duder?”
When I was two days old my dad was calling me “Dude.” My mom was getting mad at him saying “Dude” wasn’t a cute enough name. So they switched it to “Duder.”
Where are you looking forward to riding this upcoming season?
Laxx in Switzerland for the European Open.
What are you focusing on, or your goals for this winter season?
To get really good results in all the contests I compete in. I hope to make it to finals in the Grand Prix and European Open.
Are there any other tricks you plan on adding to the trick bag or mastering to continue to take your riding to the next level?
Right now I am just trying to add more style to my riding and will add new tricks as they come along.
Do you ride with music, what are you normally listening to?
Yes, I listen to Biggie Smalls on Pandora Radio
Any advice to pass onto any of the kids looking to progress their riding, and perhaps one day get sponsored?
Keep snowboarding. You have to have fun with it first before you can be successful.
Are you involved in any projects, events or organizations that you would like to call attention to?
Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, they have been so supportive of me and I want to give a shout out for all of the great things they do for kids in snow sports. I volunteer for their annual fundraisers including the ski swap, Snowball, Pole Peddle Paddle and Cascade Cycling Classic.
Any final words for the Flow customers or followers?
I like the Flow set up because it’s faster strapping in and it makes me feel more connected to my snowboard then other binding brands I’ve tried. Get your gear ordered up… it’s going to be an awesome season! #FindYourFlow
If you’re up in Oregon riding this year, keep your eye out for Nathan “Duder” Jacobson cruising around Mt. Bachelor. Are any of you headed to ride the Pacific Northwest this winter? Flow Snowboarding wants to know where you’re planning on riding. Chime in and connect with us via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.
10/15/2014 3:47:56 PM
Help our brother Mike Basich’s has currently started a Kickstarter campaign to release 130+ hardcover self portrait book covering his 15 years as a professional photographer and snowboarder. We at Flow Snowboarding want to help get Basich’s DIY project off the ground and flying, check out the video above and hear it from the legend himself.
Basich is currently offering various pledge points, each with their own unique item or items when this project takes flight. For $5 you would receive a postcard of Basich’s epic helicopter drop, along with a personal thank you message, for $15 you would receive a signed 241 clothing poster and $49 you would receive the book signed. For those willing to take their donations to the next level, Basich is offering 40 X 60 canvas prints of his helicopter drop or the Yeti outfit selfie for pledges of $500 or more.
Helping Basich get this project off the ground and having one of these books in your collection is a win win. If you can afford it, the canvas prints aren’t too shabby either. Have any of you already pledged on Basich’s Kickstarter? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.
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10/14/2014 7:18:30 PM
Check out this video of Flow Snowboarding’s South American team athlete Tomas Santa Maria. He put this together on his last trip up to Alaska. Plenty of hiking and powder shots to get you stoked for winter here in North America. Santa Maria said that the winter down south is wrapping up. With North America starting to see its first dusting the past few weeks, it is only a matter of time before the lifts and helicopters start spinning us powder hungry snowboarders up the hill for some fresh tracks.
Have you made the voyage up to Alaska yet? No? What’s your excuse… Tomas Santa Maria made it all the way from the other America to ride some untouched AK. If you have made it to Alaska, Flow Snowboarding would love to see you photos. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Don’t forget to send Tomas Santa Maria a few “Holas” via social as well.
10/14/2014 9:22:31 AM
Colorado and snowboarding go hand in hand, whether it be ours in the United States or the one down south in Chile. Even thought snow has finally started to hit the northern hemisphere, our winter is still lingering in the southern hemisphere and Flow Snowboarding‘s Chilean rider Tomas Santa Maria is fine by that. Santa Maria currently lives in Santiago, Chile and lately has been making the transfer from resort and park rider, to ducking the ropes and exploring the Chilean El Colorado Fare backcountry. Flow Snowboarding takes you down to South America, so we can catch up with Santa Maria.
Where is home for you?
I´m from Santiago, Chile.
What do you consider to be your home mountain?
I consider myself a local from El Colorado. I was team rider of the resort for a few years, but now I´m mostly riding the huge backcountry that Chile has to offer. It´s crazy how much terrain there is to explore out there!
What is your current snowboard set up? Boots, Board, Bindings? Do you switch it up for park and powder?
I´m currently riding my freeride setup the most, and I change to park setup whenever I go to do laps on El Colorado. I have also made a few splitboards of my own.
Do you listen to music when you snowboard?
Only when riding by myself…a good beat always get me pumped! But I never listen to music in the backcountry, I like to hear the sounds of the mountain.
Did you start skiing first or has it always been snowboarding?
I started skiing when I was like two. (Thanks Dad!) I wanted to hit any transition I found but there were no twin tip skis at that time in Chile. Also I was skating and longboarding at that time and moving sideways was always more natural for me, so the transition felt awesome.
Where was the first place you went snowboarding? How old were you?
First time I strapped into a board I was twelve in La Parva Ski Resort. I was just trying to ride for free on my brother´s board while trying not to fall and stay off the ground. I remember a lot of scorpion like falls that day. I came back crawling… hahaha.
Who were your influences and inspiration snowboarding?
As a kid I looked up some of the first generation of snowboarders in Chile. As I grew up, I got influence from the different guys that came to Chile to ride and from the people that I met in my travels.
Who are your current sponsors?
I´m riding for Flow Snowboarding, Columbia Sportswear, Spy Optics and Andes Explora, my eco-tourism company.
How was the winter in South America this year?
This winter started with one crazy big storm, we thought we were gonna get covered all season, but after that the winter came in slowly and we are closing with a few good storms in the past weeks. But this season has been great to me, there has always been a place where to find pow if you decide to go for it. I´ve been hiking and splitboarding a lot, travelling and exploring Chile´s large and unexplored backcountry.
If an American was planning a snowboarding trip to South America, what resorts are a must they check out?
The ski resorts with the best lifts, best parks and easiest access to good backcountry are El Colorado and Valle Nevado, about 1 hour from Santiago. If you get lucky with good snow Nevados de Chillan is the place to be… but you got to be lucky. I haven´t traveled much on the Argentinian side yet, but Chapelco it´s a pretty cool resort too, with great backcountry.
Where was your favorite place to snowboard this season?
Best days this season where riding epic light powder on El Colorado´s backcountry, not gonna tell you exactly where (he said with a coy smile), but not far from the ski resort, haha… I also had a blast splitboarding Nevados de Chillan backcountry where you can ride some really good lines to a big river of hot water. The whole river is a hotspring!
What are some of your favorite apres ski activities?
Drinking a beer and eating some chips with my buddies at Farellones top´s the list after a good day of snowboarding.
Are you planning on coming up to anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere as your local mountains start to thaw out to summer? Where?
Yes! I want to travel again this year, but all depends on how much time I can take off from work. I might go again to AK with some buddies, I want to go to Flow´s Tailgate Alaska and then stay in the region. And I´m also starting to plan a Eurotrip with a bunch of Austrian and Canadian friends I haven´t seen in a while, let´s hope it works out. If not now, next year for sure.
Where is your favorite place to travel, not related to snowboarding?
Chile is such an amazing country to explore, no matter what season. I´ve been travelling a lot through my country and every time I discover new places I want to go. Patagonia is wild, so much fun in there, and the lake and volcano region is all time. But my one favorite place in Chile is Pucón. I have been going there every year since I was a kid and there is terrain for so many outdoor sports… rock climbing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain bike, horseback riding, and trail running. Not top mention you have snowboarding on winter there too.
What do you do during the summer months, in the off season? Do you chase the snow or take a break?
I used to travel north every summer, chasing winter. Now I´m enjoying what’s closer to me, more and more taking shorter trips to the northern hemisphere if I can. I’ve been dedicating a lot of time into Andes Explora, my eco-tourism company. We explore Chile and create routes, doing a lot of mountaineering and kayaking. I’m also doing a lot of rock climbing off winter season… so much potential around here.
What kind of activities and hobbies do you have other than snowboarding?
I like every human powered sport that puts me into amazing places. I’ve been doing a lot of sea kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. Always trying to stay as many days as possible camping. Just love to be in contact with the elements and be back to the basics.
Any words or thoughts you would like to say to the Flow Snowboarding customers and support?
I would like to thanks Flow for being a game changer in snowboarding, always trying to think out-of-the-box. Bringing speed entry systems in bindings and boots, they really change my riding. Also a lot of thanks to people in Windsurfing Chile, Flow distributors in Chile, a team that has been supporting me since the beginning.
Have any of you ventured down to South America for the winter/summer (…you know what I mean, when winter isn’t here… haha). Where have you gone? Flow Snowboarding would love to see you photos. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Don’t forget to send Tomas Santa Maria a few “Holas” via social as well.