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 to 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.

One Day With Sarka Pancochova

9/22/2014 5:54:41 PM

ONE DAY WITH SARKA PANCOCHOVA from Freeride.cz on Vimeo.
Camera & edit: Mike Straka

Thanks to: Snowboard Zezula, Flow Snowboarding, Südtirol.

We spent a great day with Czech pro snowboarder Sarka Pancochova (Red Bull, Volcom, Flow) in a perfectly prepared snowpark in Seiser Alm resort in Südtirol, Nothern Italy.

Aspens are changing to their fall colors, the snow storms in the US have started and now the frequency of new video edits are increasing. All of us at Flow Snowboarding are stoked that the winter cycle is right around the corner. If you had one day to ride somewhere on this planet, where would it be? We want to know. Don’t forget to reach out to us on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

 

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Twins That Ride Tru-Twins: Flow’s Erik & Jon Overson (2 of 2)

9/16/2014 2:22:24 PM

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Where was your favorite place to travel re: Snowboarding?

Erik: Now that I live in Utah, I love going back home to the Midwest. We also take a birthday trip to Mammoth’s opening weekend every year, and that’s always a good time.

Jon: My favorite place to travel for snowboarding would definitely be back home to the Midwest. After getting my pow fix in Utah, I like getting creative in the streets of Minnesota. Plus Hyland rope tow laps cannot be beat. 

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

Erik: Costa Rica to surf. We did that for a couple weeks ago last winter and are planning on going back this year. Can’t wait.

Jon: Costa Rica! Great surf, great food, little bit of family time, lots of partying. 

Where are you looking forward to riding this coming winter?

Erik: I haven’t made any big travel plans yet, but definitely Brighton and maybe some pow days at Snowbird.

Jon: Definitely in the backcountry. Especially over the next couple years, I’d love to learn all the necessary skills to venture out into the backcountry. 

What activities and hobbies over the summer have you been doing to keep in riding shape?

Erik: Jon and I were Windells campers for a couple years when we were young. Then, Flow had a signature session which allowed us to be the featured riders of the week. We ran a lot of the off hill activities and ended up meeting the Head Counselor, Cody Lee. The next year we applied and got the job.

Jon: Yup, I’ve spent the last nine summers of my life up at Mount Hood. Most of which were as a camper, then as a guest rider and eventually a counselor.

Erik:  Hood is pretty darn perfect. In good health, I work at Windells and get to snowboard all year round. I also love to surf, but I suck at it. Other than that, riding my road bike, playing soccer, and skateboarding. Just bought a 1974 Honda CB200 motorcycle too, so that’s gonna take up a lot of my time.

Jon: I love riding bicycles, both mountain and road. It’s a new hobby I picked up but I plan on doing that for the rest of my life. Should keep the knees in tip top riding shape. 

What are your plans for what’s left of the summer, before the snow falls?

Jon: Classes… The school year just began at the university of Utah.

Erik: Back in school now at the University of Utah. Loading up on credits so I can take an easy load this winter.

Is there anything else you would like to say to Flow Snowboarding supporters and customers?

Erik: We all know Flow, (bindings especially) have gotten some hate over the years, and I find it kind of ironic. A lot of the haters are the same guys preaching that snowboarding is all about fun. To me, Flow’s bindings are just a different (faster) way to attach boarders to their snowboards. Their products keep getting better and better, and they’ve supported Jon and I since the beginning. For that, I’m glad to be working with such a sick, original, snowboarding company.

Erik has found himself back on a more traditional Pop-Cam camber to his board by riding the White Out, while his brother Jon has been rocking the Chill & Verve with the I-Rock and EZ-Rock profile. What style of camber and profile are you riding nowadays? Is it the same camber for freeriding as it is for freestyling? We want to know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Twins That Ride Tru-Twins: Erik & Jon Overson

9/15/2014 5:21:54 PM

Flow riders and twin brothers Erik and Jon Overson first hit the slopes when their father first pushed them down the hill at three years old. They tried skiing a couple times but it never stuck. The Oversons were born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but grew up on the other side of the river in Hudson, Wisconsin until they graduated high school. The Oversons first started riding for Flow when they were both twelve.

They were first spotted by Don, the owner of the local board shop The FL Project. Don hooked them up with Flow Snowboarding, and they have been riding Flow ever since. As they grew up snowboarding, their riding was largely influenced by Mike Casanova, Ethan Diess, and all of the OG FL Project team guys. Now the Oversons are coming into their own and finding their flow.

Erik and Jon currently call Salt Lake City, Utah home. After a typical day on the hill at Brighton, you can easily catch these guys grabbing a burrito at Hector’s in SLC. Flow had a chance to track down both Erik and Jon Overson, to discuss everything from this past winter, how their summer went, and even when they first started sliding down the snow.

What is your current snowboard setup?

Jon: I always use the Hylite Focus boots and the Fuse SE bindings. When it comes to decks, depending on the day and the conditions, you’ll see me riding the 149 Verve, 153 Chill, or the 153 Darwin.

Erik: I made the transfer back to OG camber last year. Now, I’m riding the 153 White Out, the Fuse Hybrid bindings, and the Hylite Focus boots.

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

Erik: Growing up it was always Trollhaugen. Last couple years of high school we met Aidan Flanagan and the Kirbys and started riding Hyland Hills in Minnesota. Now we ride Brighton, Utah. We consider all of those to be our home mountains.

Do you guys have a sibling rivalry re: each other’s progression on the snow?

Erik: I wouldn’t call it a rivalry, but being a twin definitely helps with the progression. We do a lot of the same tricks, and a lot of different ones, and we definitely like having our own style.

Tell us a little bit more about the Overson Edits over the last year at Brighton and Park City? Are there any other edits to come out from these sessions?

Erik: Mark Liscak, the old Team Manager at Flow Snowboarding gave us great advice to sell ourselves, kind of like how Tim Humphreys does with Go Pro. We came up with the idea and had our buddy Seamus film and edit them. The original plan was to make one for each part of the season (preseason, mid, and late season) but I ended up dislocating my shoulder after the second one. But Seamus did an amazing job on them and I hope we can do more in the future. Those were some of the best days last season.

Jon: They were just a fun way to present ourselves. Unfortunately Erik got hurt and we couldn’t make the third, and definitely the best episode. 

What is one trick you know you are better at than your brother? 

Erik: Backside Rodeos. I guess I’ve always been told I have a nice, non-jock style backside rodeo.

Jon: On Erik, I have the “turbo flip” which is also called the rip flip. This is literally a board slide to nollie front flip out of a rail/ tube feature.

Erik: I’ve tried to learn that damn turbo flip, but I don’t think that will ever happen.
(Click HERE to watch Jon Overson’s Turbo Flip in their edit All Systems gOverson)

Jon: Like Erik mentioned, he has the back rodeo on lock. I might like to go upside down more frequently than him, but I know that’s one flip he has me beat at. He also can do every single press better than me too.

Any advice to riders looking to get noticed by sponsors or Snowboarding companies?

Erik: Your local shop definitely knows best. It seems like a lot of kids nowadays are more focused on getting the sponsors than actually doing the boarding. I think the best progression comes from riding with your friends. If you do it for the fun, and end up getting pretty good, you’ll get noticed. Take all the young guns at Trollhaugen now for example. Haha… most of those kids are better than me.

Jon: RIDE WITH YOUR FRIENDS! Not only will you be having fun, but you’ll be pushing each other and progressing without even knowing it. 

Click Here for Part II of Twins That Ride Tru-Twins: Erik & Jon Overson

Erik has found himself back on a more traditional Pop-Cam camber to his board by riding the White Out, while his brother Jon has been rocking the Chill & Verve with the I-Rock and EZ-Rock profile. What style of camber and profile are you riding nowadays? Is it the same camber for freeriding as it is for freestyling? We want to know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Jed Sky’s Summer: High Cascade, Windells & Camp of Champions

9/9/2014 5:41:45 PM

Flow Snowboarding’s Jed Sky had a busy summer. While most of us snowboarders were complaining about the hot summer temperatures, screaming for the winter to come back, Sky was out there chasing the snow. This edit was a compilation of his summer sessions at Windells, High Cascade and the Camp of Champions in the Pacific Northwest. The music in the background is Gyöngyhajú lány by Omega.

Did you get a chance to do any summer snowboarding? Did you make it to Mt. Hood, Woodward, Whistler… or even abroad to ride the indoor parks? Check out our previous blogs on North American summer snowboarding along with Europe’s indoor snowboarding. Let us know, hit us up at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.