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.
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.
The Hakuba area here in Nagano, Japan. But I like to chase the snow.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Tyler Daigler recently had an article written on Malakeye.com about his time with Flow Sports, Inc. and the the perfect work environment. Daigler first joined the Flow Sports, Inc. family in 2013 through Malakye and has been rocking the various responsibilities of business development, driving account management & sales strategy for not only Flow Snowboarding, but SIC (Sandwich Islands Composites).
“Head over to Flow.com along with SICMaui.com and check out our product line. Everyone here at Flow Sport’s snowboards, surfs, skates and SUPS – and we take great pride in the product we are bringing to market. Besides that, I’ll see you all on the mountain.” -Tyler Daigler
You can check out the whole interview with Tyler Daigler and catch a closer glimpse of behind the curtain at Flow Sports, Inc. on Malakeye.com
We know you all know Flow Snowboarding, but have you checked out what the crew at SIC (Sandwich Islands Composites) has been doing with Stand Up Paddleboarding? We are doing what we can here at Flow Sports, Inc. to keep you active and pushing the envelope all four seasons. Check out what Flow and SIC have for you by contacting us online and engaging with us on Social Media
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Europe has quite a few indoor Snowboard parks. The weather outside could be non-cooperative but yet you can ski 365 days a year. A park rider’s dream. Flow Team riders Erik Bastiaansen and Niek van der Velden throw down in this video from Douwe Janse. For more information on Skidome please visit: www.skidome.nl
Any of you headed to Europe or staying local here in North America? Please share with us where you plan on continuing your snowboarding this summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media.
Niek van der Velden
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Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Drayden Gardner took a flight across the pond to hit the UK’s SnowDome in Tamworth, Stafford. If you are planning a backpacking trip through Europe this summer, you might want to pack your goggles and spring gloves… there’s riding to be done. Europe’s indoor snowboard parks keep riders shredding 365 days a year. The SnowDome for of over 19 years has been referred to many in the UK as the spiritual home of the UK freestyle scene. Their freestyle parks are definitely on point, with a few beginning features for those looking to progress to the next level.
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The largest indoor park in the UK is located in Milton Keynes at Snozone. Snozone has park nights every Thursday and Friday night and hosts freestyle events such as Parkstrife which has extra enhanced features for riders as they pump in great music. Snozone’s Who’s Afraid of the Park event focuses on beginners to freestyle, allowing them to learn from qualified instructors and sponsored riders.
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Flow Snowboarding supporter Johnny de Jong lives in the Netherlands, and is an avid snowboarder at Holland’s SkiDome. Our next video blog in a couple days will feature a video edit from SkiDome.
“I live seven miles from an indoor track,” explained de Jong. “So it is easy for me to go snowboarding. SkiDome is the very first indoor court of Netherlands. There are a few indoor tracks… a fun park with various rails, ‘jumps’ and of course the big air bag to catch you. The SkiDome is my home ground, but it’s not the biggest one. Check out SnowWorld and look for Landgraaf. That is a nice one.”
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Show us you pics! Have you ever ridden any of the indoor snowboard parks in Europe? We want to see your pics. Feel free to tag #FlowSnowboarding when you post your photos. Continue to share with us at Flow Snowboarding by connecting with us on Social Media!
Snow Sliding Across the Pond in Europe
In our last Flow Snowboarding FLOG, we took a look at the Summer Snowboarding options for North America. If you’re a boarder and a baller… why not head across the pond to Europe for some summer sliding? This FLOG we’ll take a look at a few snowboarding options in France, Sweden and Switzerland. Les 2 Alpes, Riksgränsen and Eskimos Sports Freestyle Camp each offer a unique opportunity to keep your snow season continuing through the summer months.
Les 2 Alpes, Wild Summer Camps Isère, France
The French ski resort Les 2 Alpes is situated 44 miles south of Grenoble in Isère. It is home to the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is Europe’s second oldest resort behind Chamonix. Les 2 Alpes has one of the best reputations for being one of the greatest places for summer riding. Ride at elevation 9,186 ft up to 11,811 ft on the Girose and Mont de Lans glaciers high above the resort. Each summer they host their Wild Summer Camps, with excellent training facilities and many outstanding, specially adapted programs for experts and beginners alike.
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Riksgränsen ski resort rests 186 miles to the north of the Arctic Circle, making it Sweden’s northernmost ski resort. Its latitude gives the resort 24 hours of daylight in the summer, which means that it’s possible to ride under the midnight sun. Thanks to this year’s snowfall, Riksgränsen will be ending this year’s skiing season with skiing under the midnight sun, a midsummer buffet in Restaurant Lapplandia, and an après-ski and night club in bar Grönan and traditional Swedish dancing around the the maypole in your boots. If you can, get to Sweden ASAP. These events kick off June 19-22nd.
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Eskimos Sports, Freestyle Camps Zermatt, Switzerland
Want to ride Switzerland in July or August? If you have it in your budget, why not hop a jet plane to Zermatt, Switzerland? Eskimos Sports holds their Freestyle Camps over the summer, sliding on park and pipe on the Allalin glacier ski area. Their snow park in Saas-Fee will make you forget that it’s actually summer. All of Eskimos Sports’ coaches are professional riders and solid snowboarding and freestyle teachers. They promise a measurable improvement in ability within a week’s time. Grabbing air with style and endless rails to jib. The riders at Eskimos Sports look to inspire one another in order to push the limit and dial in new tricks.
While most Americans backpack through Europe and see the tourist sights in the Summer… why not be in the minority walking the planet and pack up your board, boots and bindings and head to the slopes less ridden by us Yankees? If you can’t afford to, don’t worry… neither can I. But a man can dream. One day we will get to Europe to ride.
As we all pine for winter on the top of the planet, the Southern Hemisphere is primed for a great season. We will take a look at a few Southern Hemisphere hot spots in our next Flog. Please share with us where you plan on continuing your snowboarding this summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media.
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DEFINITION: SNOWBOARDING. This is a documentary film project exploring the definition of snowboarding from the perspective of those who live it. They would like to invite the entire industry to be a part of this exploration, and to help show the world just how amazing snowboarding truly is.
“I’m really excited to have the backing of Flow for the project,” said Mike Devino “They have an amazing team and everyone at the company loves snowboarding, which is what this film is really all about. The film is sure to be even better with their support.”
“Matt Devino is reaching out and making a difference,” said Dale Rehberg of Flow Snowboards. “Gotta love the passion… it’s all about expression!”
Definition: Snowboarding is two year project to be released in the Fall of 2015. It will include dozens of interviews and document all aspects of riding and the lifestyle that encompasses it. Interviews will be shot over the course of 2014, and exclusive riding footage will be shot during the winter of 2014/2015. Here’s the teaser trailer below. So looking forward to this film.
Flow Snowboarding is stoked for this film. It speaks the common thread within snowboarding that ties us all together. Let us know what you think of the film trailer on Social media.
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Check out Jason Gretzinger’s Video edit from three powder covered areas in British Columbia: Revelstoke, Whistler and Nelson.
“No where else was really getting snow in BC but Revy had ‘chest’ deep blower.” – Gretzinger
Riders: David Craig, Phillip Mossenger, Wiley Tesseoc and Jason Gretziner.
“We stayed in a cabin for 2 nights called The Zen Zone. We had wicked conditions and good snow.” – Gretzinger
Riders: Jay Gretzinger, David Craig (Sled)
Nelson, BC (Gretzinger’s Home)
“Chance Jensen and Charlie Dale were like kids in a candy shop because the terrain of pillows and tree riding isn’t really there in the Alberta Rockies.” -Gretzinger
A special thank you to all the sponsors who made this possible. FlowSnowboarding, 686, Dakine, Spy, Populess Clothing, Fall4Films, Nuulife Cinema and Freeride Boardshop.
Did Gretzinger’s edit give you a jonesing for powder now? Blame Canada! You can stay up to date with Flow Snowboarding and all of our team riders by connecting with us on Social Media!
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You have noticed the next set of storms are coming in but the temperatures are a lot warmer than you would prefer. The chairs have stopped spinning quite a bit ago at your local resort and the corn snow has all but melted away. Before you pack your Flow Snowboarding gear into hibernation for the summer, there are still a few places you can still take a road trip to slide down the snow. Flow takes a look at some of the more popular destinations for us snowboarding refugees, still looking to extend their riding season a little bit longer or even dial in a few more tricks into the bag in the off season. Whistler Blackcomb, Mount Hood, and the Woodward Camps are excellent summer snowboarding camp options if you want to stay in North America to snowboard.
Whistler Blackcomb: North of the Border, Up Canada Way
Whistler Blackcomb will be operating their popular Summer Glacier Camps from June 21- June 27th. Whistler Blackcomb’s Summer Glacier has olympic-sized half-pipes, mogul lanes, terrain park features and multiple camps to choose from. www.whistlerblackcomb.com
- The Camp of Champions summer snowboard/ski camp is home to the world’s largest private terrain park designed and maintained by Arena Snowparks, the leading terrain park design company with parks featured at world class events, including the Olympics, and ski resorts globally.
- The Dave Murray Summer Ski and Snowboard Camp is North America’s longest running and constantly evolving ski and snowboard camp. It is the original Snow Camp in North America and has been the model for all other summer camps, offering snowboard, ski race programs, and “New School/freestyle ” skiing.
- This year, Whistler Summer Snowboard Camps have a private Super Pipe, more jibs and a larger overall terrain park. Snowboarders can take their riding to the next level with a graduated, progressive park and safe, positive environment. www.whistlersnowboardcamps.com
Mt. Hood: Everybody Gets Better Here Mount Hood, Oregon
If Canada is too far to slide down snow for you, Mount Hood is always a popular destination for snow addicted riders. Flow Snowboarding team riders Tim Humphreys and Nathan Jacobson spend a lot of time at Mount Hood during . The Palmer Glacier has been home to Ski & Snowboard camps for over 35 years. Mount Hood offers on-snow training in snowboard freeride and terrain park and racing. Mount Hood’s motto is: “Everybody gets better here.”
The Woodward Way: Woodward Camps
Woodward is designed as an action sports training ground. Woodward camps strive to provide the absolute best facilities in the world, which attract campers and the top pros from around the globe each and every summer and winter. There are three Woodward locations across the US that specialize in off season winter training.
- At Woodward Copper, you can ride Copper Mountain, CO’s summer version of the Central terrain park in the morning, session the Barn in the afternoon and evening. Those in the know are well aware that Coppper Mountain recieved over 350″ of snow this season. They are breaking out the 13′ pipe cutter to create 13′ quarter pipes and halfpipes this summer.
- Woodward Tahoe located in Truckee, CA is a park riders dream. The terrain park, pipe, full jump-line and multiple jibs lines are all lift accessed. Camps start June 15th and are scheduled through August 9th.
- Camp Woodward in Woodward, PA gives the East Coasters a place for off season winter training. This program uses Woodward’s extensive facilities to improve aerial awareness, balance, flexibility, and strength in a unique dryland environment. Camp Woodward has helped train members of the U.S. National Snowboard team and the USASA.