Tim Humphreys & Jed Sky Featured in Windells Commercial

7/29/2014 6:25:32 PM

Check out Flow Snowboarding Athletes Jed Sky and Tim Humphreys featured in the latest Windells Edit from Mt. Hood, Oregon.

Have you hit the snow this summer? Park riding is alive and well in the Pacific Northwest. Please share with us where you’re riding and what you are doing over the summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

 

Getting to Know Your Flow Fusion PowerStrap

7/28/2014 1:56:12 PM

The Fusion PowerStrap foot-strap is 3D-shaped so it can fuse the ankle & toe zones over the mid-foot and is padded for a super comfortable form fit. In this quick video we show you how to properly set up your Fusion foot-straps with your Flow Bindings. Make sure you set your bindings up before you go riding, put your boots on, strap in and jump around on the carpet to make sure it feels good!

The FusionStrap is featured on Flow NX2, Fuse, ISIS, Five and Minx bindings.

Have you tried Flow’s FusionStrap yet? Let us know what you think about the FusionStrap technology at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know.

The Flow of the American Ninja Warrior

7/18/2014 4:44:41 PM

Tonight on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, Former Flow Team Rider Tim Dauenhauer will hit the unique obstacle course and compete to be the next American contestant after Kacy Catanzaro to complete the course. Come cheer on a fellow knuckle dragger and part of our Flow Snowboarding family tonight at 8PM-10PM ET/PT. We all agree that to be a professional snowboarder, it takes a lot of core strength, mental toughness and an overall mastery of physical conditioning in order to reach ones optimal limits. Take the drive it takes to be a professional athlete and mix with one of Tokyo Broadcasting System Television’s 30 year old programs “Sasuke” and you have why we are watching NBC’s American Ninja Warrior this evening. We took a moment to sit down with Dauenhauer about his experience on the hit television show.

Since you’ve been a rider with Flow, what have you been up to (other than American Ninja Warrior, of course)?

I can’t snowboard everyday anymore (a shared moment of silence). Even though I refuse to grow up, I somehow acquired a grown up job where I get to play with explosive natural gas. I repair, maintain and install underground natural gas pipelines and facilities. If I can’t drop cliffs and ride backcountry then I need to get my danger fix somewhere. Haha…

They know you on American Ninja Warrior as the big mountain snowboarding ninja. Awesome. What mountains do you typically ride in the winter?

Haha yeah… When I’m home in Syracuse I ride a few of the local areas with the occasional trips to Vermont. But, I most look forward to riding the Arlberg in Austria. In years past I’ve spent a lot of time riding the North Island in New Zealand. It’s just difficult now-a-days to pull me away from these beautiful upstate New York summers.

What is your current snowboard setup?

My current setup Is Talon boots, Maverick 169, and NX2-RS bindings. I’m old school, you know? I like stiff, ultra-supportive equipment, complimented by a big fast board.

You made it onto American Ninja Warrior through the St Louis city finals. Is that where you are living now or where is home base for Tim Dauenhauer?

My home is in Syracuse NY although I often find myself drifting back and forth to the Arlberg area in Austria. Ninja Warrior has five regional city competitions where America is broken up geographically. About 125 competitors per region, the top 30 advance to city finals and then the top 15 advance to national championship. I competed in the North East regionals which took place in St. Louis this season.

How did you get involved with Ninja Warrior?

American Ninja Warrior is modeled after the original Ninja Warrior competition from Japan known as “Sasuke.” Many years ago, I always wanted a chance to compete on Sasuke. However, it being an exclusive Japanese event, the closest I ever came was in my living room watching it on some random TV channel at  2AM. I lost touch with show for almost 15 years and re-discovered that their was now an American version. I missed the audition deadline three years ago, then two years ago I rushed my video audition. It wasn’t very creative, so I didn’t make the cut that year. Your video audition is extremely important in determining your odds of being chosen to compete. This previous winter I got my act together and with the help of a good friend we made a great video that showcased my personality as well as my talents.

What kind of training did you do before hand to prep yourself for competing on Ninja Warrior?

Training is intense year round, but the most critical time for me is 3 months leading up to the event. I focus a lot on balancing, along with grip and finger strength exercises. I have a few important training obstacles at my home such as a salmon ladder and a few other goodies. Technique is so important. Raw strength can only take you so far.

What was it like to film the show? Any experiences you’d like to share?

Taking part in American Ninja Warrior was a great experience! The producers, casting and crew are all cool people that love what they do. An interesting aspect of the show is just the positive vibes flowing everywhere. It’s a very unique sort of competition where all the athletes genuinely want to see their opponents do well and succeed on the course. One thing that maybe not many people know is that since filming takes place at night competitors are running the course until 6:00 in the morning.

You plan on taking a trip to Austria soon. What kind of training do you plan on doing out there?

As far as training goes, I’m putting a lot of emphasis on climbing and single arm hanging. I also have an incredibly difficult stunt planned.

Anything else you’d like to say to the Flow Snowboarding supporters or your American Ninja Warrior fans?

The Flow Snowboarding community has been a big part of my life for a long time and I want to say thanks to everyone for helping me over the years climb mountains and summit new opportunities. Snowboarding has influenced my life in so many ways and American Ninja Warrior wouldn’t have been possible without all the support of my friends and family everywhere.

Are you going to be cheering on Flow Snowboarding family Tim Dauenhauer tonight and watch American Ninja Warrior on NBC? Do you think being a snowboarder gives you an advantage in finishing an obstacle course? Let us know at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know what you think.

Through Shin Biyajima’s Eyes

7/18/2014 4:44:07 PM

During the summer months, Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Shin Biyajima does a lot to keep fit by cross training for the winter season. We had a moment to catch up with Biyajima in Japan to see how his winter went and how his summer is coming along. Pretty much catching a glimpse of the world through Biyajima’s eyes.

What would you consider you home ski resort to be?

The Hakuba area here in Nagano, Japan. But I like to chase the snow.

What kind of music do you ride to on your ipod or phone?

I listen to my friend’s band, rap and DJ mixes from Japan. I am so wide open with my music selection. Bassnectar to Tommy Guerrero. Acoustic, country dubstep, D’n’B, house, hip hop, Japanese, reggae and even techno. Not too much trance, though…

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

I have never traveled without snowboarding… Oh wait… Saipan and Vietnam. I also like the south part of Japan.

What type of cross training do you do over the summer months in order to remain in shape for the upcoming winter?

I love to do a lot of activities like bouldering, mountain biking and skateboarding. I am also on a soccer team called ‘God Hands.’ It is gathering of snowboarder friends. I do a lot of core training and stretching to help my body and protect myself from getting a sore back.

Soccer team of snowboarders? Nice… Did you catch any of the FIFA World Cup soccer matches this summer?

Japan did not do too well, but I was really cheering for Costa Rica. I liked their vibe and the way they played soccer.

What was your favorite memory from last winter season?

We had epic powder in Japan. Traveling around United States was such a good time…and of course, so was hanging with the Flow Snowboarding team in Colorado.

Where are you looking forward to riding next year?

Japan, Lake Tahoe, Jackson Hole, Colorado and Washington, Canada, Alaska, Europe, South America… Anywhere it snows!

Describe your Apres Ski activities. What does Shin do to unwind after a day on the mountain?

Onsen… for sure. It is a natural hot spa. I go almost every time after riding when I’m in Japan. I like to chill and sometimes make Sushi. Checking footage from the day and well… CrackBook. Then I stretch, eat and then sleep. I sleep deep.

Do you have ideas or things you would want to try this winter?

I want to create a unique terrain park in the mountains. A little bit like Red Bull’s Ultra Natural, but more jibbing. Easier set ups for everyone and do some kind of riding party where we could all share the happiness of being in the snowy mountains… and I want to build a mountain lodge like Mike Basich has. An Area-241 in Japan.

Anything else you’d like to say to the Flow Snowboarding supporters?

We never know how long winter will be. Let’s go snowboarding before Mother Earth melts. Snow is AMAZING!

Shin Biyajima keeps up his fitness during the summer months. What are you doing this summer to cross train? Biking, hiking, skating, surfing, SUPing? Or better yet… are you still chasing the snow and snowboarding? Please share with us what you are doing over the summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Flow Micron Freddy Silber Earning His Turns

7/9/2014 4:26:31 PM


Last week, one of our Microns was earning his turns under the summer sun. On June 28th, Flow Micron Team Athlete Freddy Silber and his father Jay Sibler went on a quest for snow by taking a 16 mile round trip bike and hike voyage to ride Byers Peak in Colorado. To get to the snow they had to climb above the treeline to roughly 12,000 feet.

“My favorite memory was seeing all the amazing scenic views from hiking up and down the trail,” said Freddy Sibler.

Freddy and Jay Silber left their house at 5:00AM and hit the trail at 6:00 AM near his home resort in Winter Park, Colorado and into the Byers Peak Wilderness Area in Winter Park, Colorado. Once they were on the snow, Freddy strapped onto his snowboard, a 140 Shifty. His Fuse bindings set at 15° & 15° and he certainly made sure the boas were tight enough on his Rivals. While most of us in the Northern Hemisphere were dreaming of snow, the Silbers hiking and riding it.

“We hiked it most of the morning until the snow heated up and got too sticky,” explained Jay Silber. “There was a ton of snow and there is still a ton of snow on the peaks here in Colorado. A lot of snowboard opportunities to be had this summer if you put in some effort to get there.”

This week, Flow Snowboarding had a chance to dive into the head of Freddy Silber and ask him a few questions about his summer, last winter and what he is looking forward to this coming winter.

What kind of music do you listen to when you ride?
I listen to some electronic music. I mainly listen to hard rock and metal. 

Where was your favorite place to travel to, not related to snowboarding?
My favorite place to travel to is Kansas City, Missouri. I love to hang out with my family.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?
My favorite memory from last winter was a Steamboat USASA competition for slopestyle. It was such a great time with my snowboard team and good times and food. I took 2nd at that comp so it was really rewarding. Very exciting!

Where are you looking forward to riding next year?
I’m looking forward to riding at Breckenridge and Keystone with the Flow Team and for contests. They have amazing rails and jumps.

Any interest in the FIFA World Cup soccer matches this summer?
I don’t like soccer at all! It’s not for me. Not trying to be rude, but I don’t care about it! I’m more into baseball.

Anything else you’d like to say to the Flow Snowboarding supporters?
I would like to say thanks to everyone because they are such an amazing part in this brand. I also have a snowboard crew, which is myself and six of my best friends called Snow Provides. We are a film crew and media page. We post up on Instagram and YouTube all winter.

Are any of you going the extra miles to hike to where the snow still sits in the Northern Hemisphere? Please share with us where you are continuing your snowboarding this summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media.

Freddy Silber
www.facebook.com/freddysilber
www.twitter.com/__f_r_3_d_d_y__
www.instagram.com/freddy_silber

Snow Provides
www.instagram.com/snowprovides
www.youtube.com Snow Provides 

Flow Snowboarding
www.facebook.com/flow
www.twitter.com/flowsnowboardn
www.instagram.com/flowsnowboardn

Come join us at Flow Snowboarding
www.flow.com