Mario Wanger Always Having Fun

This time we take a trip to the right side of the pond and head over to Europe and catch up with Flow Snowboarding European team athlete Mario Wanger. We learn everything from what part of Austria he is from, to the football (soccer) clubs he supports, to what tunes are blasting through his ear buds and even his strong affinity for one mountain here in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Flow also asked Wanger if he had any goals going into this next winter and his answer gives you a peek into the modus operandi of his approach to life. Wanger replied, “Having as much fun as possible… always.”

Where were you born Mario?

Tirol, Austria

Where is home for you now?

I live in Aschau. That is located in the Zillertal Valley.

Where was the first place you ever went snowboarding? What year was it?

That was in Zell am Ziller just 5 min from my home. I guess that was in the year 2003 or 2004.

Did you ever go skiing before snowboarding?

Yep, I did. But I totally sucked. Haha!

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

I would say Mayrhofen, Penken Park.

What is your current snowboarding setup preference?

Hylite Focus Boot, BlackOut or WhiteOut boards with the NX2 bindings.

What kind of music do you listen to when you’re snowboarding?

I’m listening so much, but right now I would say ASAP Rocky and Santigold.

What are your summer activities like? Do you continuously ride the glaciers in the Alps a lot, or do you take a break in the summer to explore other activities?

I’m hiking a lot in the mountains. Skateboarding, training, partying, swimming, work outs in the gym and some soccer… and fast cars! A little bit of work too. So, no snowboarding in the summer.

Soccer? Yes, Europe and their football. What European clubs do you support?

I like Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid as well, because they just have all the best players in the world. Haha…

Have you made it over here to North America to ride? Where all have you ridden here in the United States or Canada?

Yep, I have been to North America three times. It is always a pleasure. Two times I went to Mt. Baker to film some backcountry stuff. That place is so damn sick. I also went to Whistler Blackcomb in Canada, but the weather sucked the whole time I was there.

What is your opinion of the resorts and lifestyles in the US as opposed to back home in Europe? Are there any differences or similarities between our two region’s lifestyles?

I don’t think so. I know a few guys from the US through riding. It is pretty much all the same. Except for the jibbing guys. Haha…

Where was your favorite place to snowboard last winter?

That was in Arabba, Italy. It was such a good time riding all the deep powder there.

Where are you looking forward to riding next winter?

I wanna go back to Mt. Baker again if they get enough snow.

Where has been your favorite place to travel to not related to snowboarding?

Greece was pretty nice, but Egypt was not bad too. There are too many nice places. 

Any final words to the Flow Snowboarding supporters or customers reading this interview?

Flow is sick!

A lot of great riders spend their time in the Alps. Have any of you gone to Europe to snowboard yet? What resorts have you visited on the other side of the pond? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. We want to know where you guys and girls have traveled to #FindYourFlow.

Mike Basich Constantly Building For the Future

Mike Basich first strapped on a snowboard in 1985 when he hiked the side of the run of Soda Springs Mountain Resort. Ever since then, the mountains just continue to get bigger and bigger. Flow was able to track down and catch up with Basich, discussing Area 241, snowboarding, world travelling and all the building he is continuously doing in order to feed all these passions.

What kind of activities do you do in the summer to maintain your winter riding shape?

I build a lot of stuff that keeps me in shape and inline of what I will do the following year. I am always building in the summer for the coming year.

With all the travelling you do for snowboarding… what would you consider your home mountain to be?

Area-241 for sure! I do ride at Sugarbowl a lot. Super rad place.

Tell us a little bit about Area-241?

Area-241 is a place for creative ideas to take on a life. It offers such a fun open space with snowboarding and photography. I hope to keep building that and adding to it, with art and the great outdoors there. It has been such a great place to test out boards and everything Flow makes and is working on.

What kind of upgrades have you made to your Sierra mountain cabin in Tahoe?

I finished the lift, which was huge! Super stoked to have that done. Still wanting to add lights and some cool night disco lights for night riding.

What is your current Flow setup?

I’m riding the Maverick. A lot. Sometimes the Darwin on deep snow. Riding the NXT2 bindings. I have been switching around with boots and been stoked on them all.

Where do you see the current direction of the snow sports industry?

I feel it is going to find a great customer commitment build. Things are getting tightened and loyal customers are the ones that will keep the healthy part of the sport breathing in the right direction. The way people buy things is always changing. It (snow sports industry) is going to have a big change that is still waiting to happen.

What was your favorite moment from last winter?

Filming with the Absinthe Films crew was pretty rad and felt really healthy for me. Kept me on my toes a lot.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next winter?

I hope Area-241 will have a great season. Last couple years have been pretty bad. There is still so much to have happen there.

What are some of your passions in life other than snowboarding? Activities, hobbies, studies… etc?

Building for sure! I built a tiny house on wheels this winter which was so awesome of an addition to the traveling world. Hope to have so much more of that.

How old is your dog Summit?

My dog Summit is now 7.

Any places you love travelling to, not related to snowboarding?

It is always about the snow :)

Anything else you’d love to say to the FlowSnowboarding supporters and family?

I can’t wait for the temps to start to drop. I’ll see you all in the parking lots of the deepest snow this coming season… I hope.

Thoughts of winter are all starting to creep into our minds even though it’s summer everywhere other than the southern hemisphere. Are any of you heading out towards the Sierra or Lake Tahoe this winter? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Definition: Snowboarding Trailer II


Matt Devino released his second trailer for his upcoming feature length documentary film Definition: Snowboarding. Check out this trailer and you will see some familiar faces from the Flow Snowboarding family.

“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. 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 Matt 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.”

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 a link to the trailer. So stoked for this film.

For more information on the film Definition: Snowboarding please visit:
www.definitionsnowboarding.com
www.facebook.com/definitionsnowboarding

For more information on filmmaker Matt Devino please visit:
www.mattdevino.com
www.twitter.com/matt_devo
www.facebook.com/mattdevino1

Flow Snowboarding is excited about how this film is coming together. 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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Flow Rush Snowboard & NX2 Bindings – Gadgets & Gear (SIA 2014)

In the video above, Greg Elliot from Vail’s TV8 show Gadgets & Gear spoke with Flow Snowboarding’s Dale Rehberg about the NX2 bindings and Rush snowboard. This was shot at the 2014 SnowSports Industries America (SIA) tradeshow in Denver, CO.

Have you tried out the yet NX2 bindings or the Rush snowboard? We would love to hear your feedback on both the NX2′s and the Rush. Reach out to us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Getting to Know Your Flow Fusion PowerStrap

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.

Through Shin Biyajima’s Eyes

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.

Definition: Snowboarding – A Feature Film From Matt Devino

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Remember when half pipes looked like this? Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Tim Humphreys hand planting in an old school half pipe

Are you excited for Definition: Snowboarding, the upcoming feature length documentary film from filmmaker Matt Devino?

We here at FlowSnowboarding are backing this flick. You’ll see a few of our friends from Flow like Scotty Lago and Tim Humphreys.

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 Matt 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.

For more information on the film Definition: Snowboarding please visit:
www.definitionsnowboarding.com
www.facebook.com/definitionsnowboarding

For more information on filmmaker Matt Devino please visit:
www.mattdevino.com
www.twitter.com/matt_devo
www.facebook.com/mattdevino1

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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Flow’s Jay Gretzinger Video From British Columbia

Check out Jason Gretzinger’s Video edit from three powder covered areas in British Columbia: Revelstoke, Whistler and Nelson.

Revelstoke:

“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.

Whistler, BC

“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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Summer Snowboarding: The Cure For The Summertime Blues (North America)

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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 BlackcombMount 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.
    www.campofchampions.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.”
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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.
    www.woodwardatcopper.com
  • 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.
    www.woodwardtahoe.com
  • 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.
    www.campwoodward.com

Don’t put your gear in storage, there’s snowboarding to do. What summer snowboarding trips are you now planning for? Feel free to share with us at Flow Snowboarding by connecting with us on Social Media!

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Flow Snowboarding Snow Report: The Polar Vortex

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Although some places in North America have not had the best start to winter, the outlook is changing. Developing now is what some meteorologists call the “Polar Vortex”, which could result in one of the coldest winters North America has seen in quite some time. But this is a snowboard blog! All we care about is where is the snow and when can I go? – Not to worry, we are here to help.

What is the Polar Vortex doing?

There is an extreme cold front moving from the east coast of North America to the west. This cold air is pushing through the land causing very low temperatures. Quite often, low temperatures = snow. Currently this cold weather is located in the midwest moving east and snow is surely to follow.

Will there be snow on my mountain?

Unless you live on the mountain itself, it can be difficult to tell if there is snow on your local mountain and if it is even open. To check the snow reports and mountain hours, it is best to refer to a snow report website. At these websites, you can check the snow report by region and also see what mountains are open. These sites are a great way to plan and prepare for your trip to the mountains.

Here are some Snow Report Websites:
www.onthesnow.com
www.snocountry.com

It sounds cold, What do I need?

This colder weather means having the essentials. Making sure you have layers and warm socks is key. Luckily, Flow has checklist of everything you need in order to have an awesome time on the mountain.

-Check our Flow-How post: 10 Things You Need to Snowboard

Weather can be very unpredictable, so be sure to take advantage of this storm and its snow. Get your gear and get out on the mountain!

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