Josh Schrader: Outdoor Adventure Research

8/21/2014 3:42:52 PM

Joshua Schrader was only 16 when he rode his first pair of Flow Snowboarding bindings, a pair he still rocks on the hill today from time to time. Eventually he took that passion he found snowboarding and applied that towards starting his own product review company in the action sports industry with Outdoor Adventure Research. OAR takes their passion for the outdoors and makes an effort to find the best gear, location, resorts and trails to enjoy. OAR then places their reviews online and pumps them through their social media channels. Flow Snowboarding caught up Schrader to talk about how he got started snowboarding, his first pair of Flows and how he ‘found his flow’ with OAR.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding? How old were you?

I was 14, it was on my parents property in Michigan, they owned 12 acres of land mostly hilly and my uncle had a bulldozer we used to clear some trees to make some sledding and ski runs. A good friend of mine just got a B*rt*n Air 151, and let me try it. I was hooked, got my first snowboard a few days later.
You have had the same Flow bindings since 2001 and still rock them on the hill from time to time. How did you start riding Flow?
I was 16yrs old, a sophomore in high-school, working as a life guard in summer. I was driving a VW vanagon I got for $600 and paid $350 for the Flows. The van died on me a little while later, but I still have the Flows.
Where was the most memorable place you remember taking those bindings?
I road trip I took when 18 from Michigan to Canada and along the east coast, hitting all the resorts we could in two weeks. That same trip I met Shaun Palmer at Sunday River resort in Maine.

What do you consider your home mountain to be?

I would say Keystone resort, I ride there the most and they have a good mix of everything.
You have had the same Flow bindings since 2001 and still rock them on the hill. 
What is your current riding set up? Boots Board(s) Bindings?
Flow Quantum 158, Flow NX2-AT bindings and Flow Talon boots. I also have the Flow Rush ABT 156 “Breast Board Ever” edition and a Maverick ABT 164.
Is there any where you are looking forward to riding this coming winter?
We have plans of taking the crew of OAR Heliboarding in Utah this winter. Super stoked for that and scouted some great new backcountry spots here in Colorado.
Tell us a little bit about your company Outdoor Research Adventure?
OAR is a testing and review company. It’s an idea I had for a long time and finally did something with it. We offer reviews on gear, trail reviews and updates, promote different events and try to help promote the companies we do testing for on our website and social media pages.
Is there anything else you would love to say to the Flow Snowboarding supporters out there?
Tell all your friends… Keep on riding and buying Flow Snowboarding Gear. Some of the best gear I have ever had.
Has your love of snowboarding ever led you to actually working in the snow sports industry? From weekend warrior riding to chasing a career or job through snowboarding? We want to know your stories. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Flow Tailgate Alaska 2013 Edit

8/20/2014 6:47:05 PM

To get you through these summer months, lets have a throwback to Flow Tailgate Alaska 2013. Watch Flow’s Mike Basich, Tim Humphreys, Shin Biyajima, and Jason Gretzinger they make the Mission up to the 49th State for Flow Tailgate Alaska. This video was filmed & edited by Wojtek Targosz of Grow Up Productions.

FLOW TAILGATE ALASKA 2013 EDIT from FLOW SNOWBOARDING on Vimeo.

Flow Tailgate AK is a World Freeride Festival that takes place deep in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska. It consists of Snow Science Classes, Man Games, Parties, Snowmobiling, Heli Boarding, Backcountry Lines for days and not to mention THE best Powder and Mountains in the world.

Have any of you had the dream fulfilled of riding in Alaska? We’d love to hear about it, or better yet… post your pictures. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Julianne O’Neill: Born in CA, Living the Dream in CO

8/18/2014 4:13:33 PM

Many of you knew her as Julianne Brackett, but now she is Mrs. O’Neill (Sorry gentlemen… haha). She was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, California but now resides with her husband in Frisco, Colorado in the middle of Summit County. Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Julianne O’Neill and talk about her roots riding in California, to her new life with Kevin in Colorado.

What was your first introduction to the mountains? 

My family and I have always been interested in board sports, so snowboarding was automatically more attractive then skiing. I started snowboarding when I was 9 years old. My Dad and older brother convinced me to go snowboarding with them. I thought it was a ridiculous idea and a waste of my time when I first went out, but then I ended up not wanting to go home.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding?

The first place I went snowboarding was Sierra-At-Tahoe.  That mountain turned into my home away from home. Sierra-At-Tahoe will always be my home mountain. That resort is like family. No matter where I am, I always have to make time to visit.

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

The Flow 146 Jewel is what I prefer to ride. It is a playful board with just the right amount of pop. I like snug boots that are a little stiffer than most. I ride so much that most boots break down faster than I’d like if they are too soft. I only ride with Flow bindings. All of them are great so you can’t go wrong. Each one is comfortable and snug. However, I usually choose to ride with the ISIS binding.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

Well, after a successful snowboard season I married my best friend, Kevin O’Neill. That is hands down my favorite memory.

Congratulations! Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Thanks! Married life has been a dream! Kev and I snuck away to the hot springs at Strawberry Park in Steamboat. It was perfect.

Any plans for little groms of your own down the road?

You have no idea how many people have asked me that question. Being that my parents popped us kids out right away and that I’m from a large family myself, most people ask if we’re having kiddos right away too. It makes me smile.  I think 4 or 5 would be the perfect number, but only God knows if Kev and I will have kiddos of our own. I sure hope so! I truly look forward to that season of my life! How great will that be!

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

I have been slacklining a lot lately. It is great balance training and I love the creativity it offers. I like to skate and stand up paddleboard as well.

You were recently at the Race the Lake of the Sky SUP event in Tahoe, and took 1st. What was that event like?

Race the Lake is by far my favorite Stand Up Paddleboard event. Everyone is able to participate in something. You are either racing, being a cheerleader from the beach or volunteering to help the event run smoothly. Every morning begins with the National Anthem sung by Sammi Bender. There is great camaraderie along with the excitement of winning the races you are in. Everyone is out on the water at some point, whether you are 60 or just a little guy, you are having fun. There are super competitive people, people who are in it for the fun of it, amateurs, and elite athletes. There is a beach filled with lots of smiles and happy people working hard at what they do. At the end of the day the sky catches fire with an amazing sunset. I try my best to go to the event every year. I wouldn’t want to miss out!

Anything else you’ve been up to this summer?

I have been up to many other things, but my favorite is just being with my husband and going on adventures with him. Kev is a photographer, so he always ends up taking me to the most beautiful places. I love it.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next year?

Honestly, I am looking forward to riding Park Lane at Breck most. The jumps are perfect. The only down side is that you get spoiled on such well made features.

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

The furthest I have traveled for snowboarding was to the Czech Republic. I went with a team from ASC (Auburn Ski Club) for an FIS event. I was able to get my top 24 for the Olympic Qualifying events, so I was pretty content with having gone.

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

My favorite place to travel unrelated to snowboarding is… THE BEACH. I couldn’t live without water.

What kind of music do you prefer riding to?

I prefer listening to innocent girly music when I ride. If I ride with what I normally listen to (Pop or Country), I end up becoming too into the music and then I forget what I’m doing. I know that sounds funny, but its true.

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

I mostly just want to say “thank you” to all of you who support Flow and my riding. It means a lot! Everyone, find your flow and stick with it!  XOXO!

From South Lake Tahoe, California to the peaks of Summit County, Colorado, O’Neill is living the dream. With all the slacklining, SUPing and skating, O’Neill is keeping her shape on point for the upcoming winter season. What are you all doing to strengthen your balance and core over the summer? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Flow Snowboarding 2014-2015 Website Launched

8/13/2014 5:36:13 PM

Are you ready for some new Flow Snowboarding hard and soft goods? Our new website has just launched. Our 2014-15 gear is on the shelves, waiting for a new home. Stop by our website and you can see what’s in store for you this winter.

What do you think of the 2014-2015 Flow line? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know.

Windells Camp Session 7: Tim Humphreys & Jon Overson

8/13/2014 4:38:38 PM

Summer snowboarding is winding down on Mt. Hood but the lads are still killing it up in Oregon. Check out this GoPro recap of Windells Camp Session 7 featuring our good friends Tim Humphreys & everyone’s favorite camp counselor Jon Overson.

The Pacific Northwest still has some snow to slide on. If you are chasing the snow on a glacier, indoors or south of the equator, let us know where you are. If not, what are doing over the summer as you bide your time until winter? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.