The Other Colorado with Tomas Santa Maria

Colorado and snowboarding go hand in hand, whether it be ours in the United States or the one down south in Chile. Even thought snow has finally started to hit the northern hemisphere, our winter is still lingering in the southern hemisphere and Flow Snowboarding‘s Chilean rider Tomas Santa Maria is fine by that. Santa Maria currently lives in Santiago, Chile and lately has been making the transfer from resort and park rider, to ducking the ropes and exploring the Chilean El Colorado Fare backcountry. Flow Snowboarding takes you down to South America, so we can catch up with Santa Maria.

Where is home for you?

I´m from Santiago, Chile.

What do you consider to be your home mountain?

I consider myself a local from El Colorado. I was team rider of the resort for a few years, but now I´m mostly riding the huge backcountry that Chile has to offer. It´s crazy how much terrain there is to explore out there! 

What is your current snowboard set up? Boots, Board, Bindings? Do you switch it up for park and powder? 

I´m currently riding my freeride setup the most, and I change to park setup whenever I go to do laps on El Colorado. I have also made a few splitboards of my own.

Do you listen to music when you snowboard? 

Only when riding by myself…a good beat always get me pumped! But I never listen to music in the backcountry, I like to hear the sounds of the mountain. 

Did you start skiing first or has it always been snowboarding? 

I started skiing when I was like two. (Thanks Dad!) I wanted to hit any transition I found but there were no twin tip skis at that time in Chile. Also I was skating and longboarding at that time and moving sideways was always more natural for me, so the transition felt awesome. 

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

First time I strapped into a board I was twelve in La Parva Ski Resort. I was just trying to ride for free on my brother´s board while trying not to fall and stay off the ground. I remember a lot of scorpion like falls that day. I came back crawling… hahaha. 

Who were your influences and inspiration snowboarding? 

As a kid I looked up some of the first generation of snowboarders in Chile. As I grew up, I got influence from the different guys that came to Chile to ride and from the people that I met in my travels. 

Who are your current sponsors?

I´m riding for Flow Snowboarding, Columbia Sportswear, Spy Optics and Andes Explora, my eco-tourism company. 

How was the winter in South America this year?

This winter started with one crazy big storm, we thought we were gonna get covered all season, but after that the winter came in slowly and we are closing with a few good storms in the past weeks. But this season has been great to me, there has always been a place where to find pow if you decide to go for it. I´ve been hiking and splitboarding a lot, travelling and exploring Chile´s large and unexplored backcountry. 

If an American was planning a snowboarding trip to South America, what resorts are a must they check out? 

The ski resorts with the best lifts, best parks and easiest access to good backcountry are El Colorado and Valle Nevado, about 1 hour from Santiago. If you get lucky with good snow Nevados de Chillan is the place to be… but you got to be lucky. I haven´t traveled much on the Argentinian side yet, but Chapelco it´s a pretty cool resort too, with great backcountry. 

Where was your favorite place to snowboard this season? 

Best days this season where riding epic light powder on El Colorado´s backcountry, not gonna tell you exactly where (he said with a coy smile), but not far from the ski resort, haha… I also had a blast splitboarding Nevados de Chillan backcountry where you can ride some really good lines to a big river of hot water. The whole river is a hotspring! 

What are some of your favorite apres ski activities?

Drinking a beer and eating some chips with my buddies at Farellones top´s the list after a good day of snowboarding. 

Are you planning on coming up to anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere as your local mountains start to thaw out to summer? Where? 

Yes! I want to travel again this year, but all depends on how much time I can take off from work. I might go again to AK with some buddies, I want to go to Flow´s Tailgate Alaska and then stay in the region. And I´m also starting to plan a Eurotrip with a bunch of Austrian and Canadian friends I haven´t seen in a while, let´s hope it works out. If not now, next year for sure. 

Where is your favorite place to travel, not related to snowboarding? 

Chile is such an amazing country to explore, no matter what season. I´ve been travelling a lot through my country and every time I discover new places I want to go. Patagonia is wild, so much fun in there, and the lake and volcano region is all time. But my one favorite place in Chile is Pucón. I have been going there every year since I was a kid and there is terrain for so many outdoor sports… rock climbing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain bike, horseback riding, and trail running. Not top mention you have snowboarding on winter there too. 

What do you do during the summer months, in the off season? Do you chase the snow or take a break? 

I used to travel north every summer, chasing winter. Now I´m enjoying what’s closer to me, more and more taking shorter trips to the northern hemisphere if I can. I’ve been dedicating a lot of time into Andes Explora, my eco-tourism company. We explore Chile and create routes, doing a lot of mountaineering and kayaking. I’m also doing a lot of rock climbing off winter season… so much potential around here. 

What kind of activities and hobbies do you have other than snowboarding? 

I like every human powered sport that puts me into amazing places. I’ve been doing a lot of sea kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. Always trying to stay as many days as possible camping. Just love to be in contact with the elements and be back to the basics. 

Any words or thoughts you would like to say to the Flow Snowboarding customers and support? 

I would like to thanks Flow for being a game changer in snowboarding, always trying to think out-of-the-box. Bringing speed entry systems in bindings and boots, they really change my riding. Also a lot of thanks to people in Windsurfing Chile, Flow distributors in Chile, a team that has been supporting me since the beginning.

Have any of you ventured down to South America for the winter/summer (…you know what I mean, when winter isn’t here… haha). Where have you gone? Flow Snowboarding would love to see you photos. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Don’t forget to send Tomas Santa Maria a few “Holas” via social as well.

On The Road with Micah Hoogeveen

Flow Snowboarding’s Micah Hoogeveen has had a busy summer. Over the summer, Hoogeveen was working as a fireman in Colorado and ended up doing some time with a hotshot crew out of Idaho. Already accustomed to life on the road, his hotshot crew was always on the go in Idaho and even headed over to Northern California to help battle the massive King Fire. Battling his last fire, Hoogeveen was injured, but expected to make a full recovery. Feel free to hit him up on social for words of encouragement as he heals up and rehabs in preparation for the winter. Flow Snowboarding had a moment to catch up with Hoogeveen during his unexpected down time. Here is the interview below.

Where is home for you?

On the road, but I get my mail sent to my parents house in Grand Junction, CO were I grew up.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding?

A little resort outside of Grand Junction, Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Did you ever ski, or have you always snowboarded?

No two planking for this guy, just boardin’.

What is your current board, boots and bindings set up? Does it change from freeride to freestyle?

The 159 Whiteout is my everyday board, rips everything from, jumps, rails, and pow.

The NX2′s are my go to bindings for everything, lots off response, ad enough flex to ride anything

The Hylite Focus are my boots of choice, perfect flex for all types of riding. The Vibram sole is perfect for hiking gnarly lines and sledding.

The 156 Darwin best pow deck you can by, then on those days you want to ride the resort and rail some turns it will do that too. The Augmented Base Technology – ABT makes it feel like you are riding a pillow on the snow. It will hit jumps and rails too.

Who were your influences in snowboarding growing up?

Ryan Robinson, Casey Woodmansee, Chad Tolley, and the Un..Inc. crew.

What do you consider your home mountain to be?

Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Where is your favorite place to ride?

Valdez, AK on Thompson pass. That place is unreal. It’s a boarder’s mecca up there. So much terrain to be had and I wish I had the time or money to ride it all.

What’s lasting memory from last season?

One memory that stands out is the trip I took with Ben Gevalda from Transworld. Just a small crew of good buddies chasing pow around Montana, cramming 6 dudes in a hotel room, riding till you can’t see, broken sleds, exploring new terrain, and party laps with your friends in pow everyday. Trips you read about growing up in the magazines and what snowboarding is all about.

Any place you are looking forward to riding next season?

Summit at Snowqualmie and Alpental east of Seattle, WA. It’s one of my favorite resorts to ride. Amazing terrain, lots of pow, a great park, and a cool mountain nostalgia. I’m fortunate to get to ride for this mountain and I look forward to going back every season.

What are some of your favorite places to ride? 

Summit at Snowqualmie, Silverton Resort, Montana (the whole state), Brighton to name a few. Anywhere I can find enough snow to go boardin’ on.

Do you ride with any music, or an mp3 player? If so, what music typically finds its way onto your mix?

I try not to ride with it in the backcountry but on mellow days at a resort I’ll be rocking some Metal. Red Fang, Sabbath, Slayer, Witch, and a little bit of hip hop mixed in there.

Tell us a little bit about The Impaler film you’ve been plugging…

Well I met Brett Spur, one of the filmmakers this last season. I went on an amazing trip with he and some buddies from the TransworldSnow trip.  We found some crazy new zones, built some jumps, and had tons of fun party boarding and doing some filming in the process. I got to see a sneak peek of a section of the film and its going to be pretty heavy. Lots of talented street boarders doing some heavy rails, drops, and gaps throughout the Midwest. These guys put two years into this project and it shows. I’m excited to have a small part in the film doing some powder ‘boardin. The film premieres this weekend in Minnesota so go to the-impaler.com to find a spot where its premiering near you.

Do you have any films or projects coming up this winter?

I do. I will be meeting up with Brett Spur and a couple other buddies up in Montana and we a going to do a project about our adventures this next season. I’m pretty excited about this season cause the last couple have been tough trying to get everything to fall into place. It is in the infancy stages right now but should be a project to watch.

You work as a fireman during the summer. Tell us a little about your firefighting this summer.

It was a pretty random fire season for me this year. I started in May working in Colorado and they had a pretty quiet season this year. So I ended up getting offered a 21 day job with a Hot Shot crew out of Idaho. I got there at the end of July and pretty much went from 0 to 100 miles per hour. We got on quite a few fires in Idaho then headed to Northern California and stayed there for two weeks then back Idaho again for a fire then back to California for the King Fire. The King Fire had some wild fire behavior and my season got cut a little short do to an incident with a tree.  It ended up being almost two months on the crew and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m hoping to make a full recovery from the injury to my leg and be back for the Colorado preseason boardin.

Other than firefighting has your summer been? Have you had a chance to travel much? Or catch up with some summer activities?

Firefighting pretty much consumes my summers. I did fall in love with river surfing. I suck at it but I like a good challenge and it’s the closest thing to shredding pow that I can do during the summer. I do get to do a lot of traveling and camping where only a few people have ever been with firefighting during the summer. Getting flown in by helicopter to work and camp is pretty sweet.

How did you get involved working with Flow?

Jordan Zdanek, who is a regional rider for FLOW, started riding for Greg Oakley, who is the regional sales rep for the Rocky Mountain region, and put me in touch with Greg. Jordan and I lived together in Summit County in Colorado in 2010 and helped Greg out at demos. During the next couple seasons, we worked our way up the sponsorship ladder. The rest is history.

Any advice to riders looking to get noticed or sponsored?

Love Snowboarding! It is why we all do it. It can make any crappy day fun and beats any day behind a desk. Work hard, it’s a trait that people take for granted nowadays and if you put the work in, it will payoff. Stay positive, your head can be your greatest asset or your worst enemy. Do it because you want to. Companies like to see someone who is passionate about boardin’. It will show in your riding and show people how much fun you can have snowboarding.

Are there any events, projects or causes that you are involved with that you would like to give some exposure to?

I’m really stoked to be apart of the A-Rob Banked Slalom that benefits the A-Rob Plant A Seed Project. The Plant A Seed project is a non-profit that helps get underprivileged kids on the slopes for their first time and introduces them to the fun they can have snowboarding. Aaron Robinson was a good buddy and snowboarder who passed away in 2011 in Chile and it was started do to his dream to get everyone snowboarding. All the proceeds from the slaloms at Big Sky and Alpental go to the Plant A Seed Project to buy new equipment for the kids, food, and to get them to the mountain. It’s an awesome event to race your friends on a fun course that also benefits an amazing cause. Check out www.facebook.com/SmashLifeBankedSlalom for all of the details on the slalom and the A-Rob Plant A Seed Project.

Any last words for Flow’s followers and customers?

GO BOARDIN’!

Do any of you offer your free time for civil service and battle wildfires like Micah Hoogeveen? What activities and hobbies keep you busy and active over the summer until the snow flies? Do you keep riding by skating & surfing? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Don’t forget to send Micah Hoogeveen some “Get Well Soon” wishes via social.

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Getting to Know Urska Pribosic

Slovenian snowboarder Urska Pribosic recently graced the the cover of the Blue Tomato snowboard catalog and was recently featured in Lipstick Productions short film No Place Like Home. Never one to miss a joke or prank, Pribosic’s Lipstick Productions rider profile lists “Honesty” as a virtue she has, followed comically by “Lying” as a bad habit.

We had a chance to track down Flow Global Ambassador Urska Pribosic to ask her a few questions about her growing up snowboarding, her summer & winter travels, as well as being featured in the new Lipstick Productions film “Something.” Her jovial nature shone through on a few of her answers. Have a read.

Where is home for you Urska, currently?

Earth… most of the time.

Did you ever ski before you started snowboarding?

Yes and I still sometimes do, just to be reminded how much better snowboarding is.

Do you listen to any music when you ride?

If I remember to take it with me…so no. And even if I do remember the battery is usually dead.

What is your current snowboarding setup? Board, boots, bindings? 

I ride flow Velvet 146 for park and street, for powder I use a Velvet 150. Boots wise I sue the Deelite coiler.  My bindings are the Minx GT.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding?

Pokljuka. I straight went for powder but didn’t go very far.

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

Vogel and Dachstein. Even though Dachstein is in Austria, I’ve been there so many times it feels like home.

Where was your favorite snowboarding trip last winter?

To Georgia (but not the US one…)

Where are you looking forward to riding next winter?

The United States…

Have you ever visited North America to snowboard at all? 

Yes, in Colorado. Copper Mountain and Breckenridge and in Canada. BC & Quebec.

What is your favorite place to travel to for snowboarding?

The one I have never been to.

What is your favorite place to travel to not for snowboarding?

Asia. I like their culture more than western culture.

How has your summer been? What have you been up to to stay in shape for the winter?

Great! I went cycling from Slovenia to Portugal. It took me one month. The spent the next month resting from the previous trip.

Did you snowboard much in the summer with all the glacier and summer snowboarding access you have in Europe? 

We have some glaciers around Austria and France that are also good in summer but I’m usually not very motivated to ride in summer. I do think about other stuff (in the summer).

Are you involved in any activities, events or films coming up that you would like the Flow Snowboarding supporters to look out for?

Yes! There is “Something,” the movie from Lipstick Productions. It’s coming out soon.

Any advice to they younger riders, looking to get sponsored or become a professional snowboarder?

Don’t forget that your doing it out of passion… Hopefully not to get sponsored.

Tell us about filming with Lipstick Productions. I saw your part in “Boobilicious…” Are there any other videos or edits that we should be looking out for?

Filming with Lipstick is the best part of the season. Yes, you should look out for our new movie Something.

Anything else you would like to say to the Flow Snowboarding customers and support?

Just go with Flow

Urska Pribosic has her Flying Squirrel costume as seen in her segment of the film “Boobilicious.” Mike Basich has his Yeti costume seen in the popular GoPro commercial. Even Johan Jenssen, our Photo of the Week winner from last week, has this chicken costume. Do any of you out there have a costume you like riding around in to break the monotony. Share with us on social media. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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A Winter To Prepare For: Meteorologists Predict Record Breaking Snowfall 2014-15 Reports Empire News

Empire News released an article predicting “record shattering snow storms across the board, affecting the entire United States” according to Dr. Boris Scvediok, who has studied global weather services for 40 years.

“Meteorologists and weather science experts at the National Weather Service (NWS) say that there is a 99% chance that the we will start to see a massive cold-front sooner in the year than has ever happened…” the article explained, but that is merely the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Scvediok expects snow to fly all the way through June this season.

“For the sake of comparison to the past winter,” explained Dr. Scvediok to the Associated Press.  “Lets say that your area received a total of twenty inches of accumulative snow for the season. Because this year the snowfall is predicted to start by the end of September or the beginning of October, you can expect to multiply that number by up to five, ten, maybe even twenty times in some areas. In the worst zones, you could see 50 times the amount of snow you’ve had in the past.”

“This is the type of winter the American public needs to prepare for,” said Dr. Scvediok. “Several meteorologists are saying not to buy into what the models are showing. I can tell you from forty years of scientific weather research, they are doing you a disservice.”

Flow Snowboarding is well aware of what needs to be done in order to prepare for an early and big winter.

“You want to avoid tragedy and prepare by making sure you have your powder set up purchased and dialed in before the heavy snow storms hit your region,” warned Dale Rehberg of Flow Snowboarding. “A Darwin or a Maverick snowboard should be in your quiver and ready. Combine them with a set of 2014-15 NX2 bindings and Talon boots and it will keep you happy until the snow starts melting.”

Another senior meteorologist believes this will be the once in a lifetime winter. Edward F. Blankenbaker, Senior Administrator of Meteorologists explained what he sees in the forecast.

“Pretty much everyone will see snow like they never have in their lives,” said Blankenbaker. “Most younger people don’t even know what an actual blizzard looks like, but by the end of March, they will be seasoned survivalists. Everyone needs to make sure they have their weather emergency kits prepared and ready to go… Safety always comes first and the time to prepare is right now.”

Safety first indeed. James Satterfield, of the National Fire and Safety Advisory Board (NFSAB) warned the public not to “wait until temperatures plummet into a freeze; obtain cold weather clothing and footwear, including wool thermal socks.”

Flow’s Rehberg agrees in prepping for the cold weather to come, and recommends taking these precautions.

“We agree with the NFSAB that you have to prepare for extremely cold temperatures,” said Rehberg. “Our soft goods like our beanies, hoodies, shirts, socks and ever popular NXTZ face masks will help protect you from the elements on those powder hunts. They said it’ll be a once in a lifetime winter, better make sure you are ready no matter what the conditions are.”

Disclaimer: Please remember that the main source of this article Empire News, is a satirical and entertainment website. The only name and quotes that are not fictional comes from our own Dale Rehberg, Marketing Director for Flow Snowboarding. We here at Flow Snowboarding do however endorse the ‘I’ll believe it when you are digging your vehicle out to get to the hill’ forecast.

Winter is coming. It was already snowing in North America this week, with a front pushing into Colorado that may drop a foot of snow in the mountains into next week. What are your thoughts of this winter’s forecast? Are you prepared for a heavy winter in your area? We want to hear from you, engage with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know.

Sitting Down With Celia Miller

Flow Snowboarding had a chance to sit down with Celia Miller over her busy summer. We talked about her path as a professional snowboarder; from her East Coast roots as a child, to her life now living in Colorado. We also had a chance to ask Miller about her travels last winter and her European road trip this summer with her good friend Sarka Pancochova.

Where did you originally grow up?

I was born in Maryland and grew up in West Virginia before moving to Connecticut in high school.

Where do you currently live?

I live in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Did you grow up skiing first or have you always been snowboarding?

I went skiing once when I was like 10 but other than that I started with snowboarding at my local resort in Connecticut.

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

Right now I am on the Flow Jewel and Minx bindings. I love how versatile the Jewel is for riding park or riding pow if it dumps. And the Minx bindings are so simple and comfortable. Everyone is always jealous of my bindings. And I like the Deelite Coiler Boot. It is light weight and comfortable.

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

Breckenridge always feels like home. I love Colorado and don’t see myself leaving anytime soon.

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

I love surfing.. well I guess its a love/hate relationship. Its such a challenge for me and it takes me back to learning to snowboard. I want to just jump in the water and master it but it is not easy. I also have been taking up rock climbing but i have some fears there that definitely limit me so its humbling for sure.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

I had a couple great powder days at Vail last year. I wasn’t filming or shooting so it was just one of those personal days that kept me smiling for a while.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next year?

I would really like to spend some time in Wyoming and Montana this year. I have been talking with Sarka about some southern hemisphere trips as well.

Via Instagram we saw you went on a European trip this summer, travelling with Sarka and Courtney. Where did you all travel through and how was that trip?

The three of us wanted to go on a trip that was a real Euro vacation. Since Sarka was nursing a knee injury it was easier for us to fly there. She showed us around her country and we drove to Austria and Croatia and basically just worked on our tans. Austria is one of my favorite places in the world and never fails to impress me. And Croatia was so pretty with such clear water.

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

I went to Nicaragua this spring for a month to surf. It was super low key there but there are amazing breaks. I got totally absorbed in the beach life and can’t wait to go back.

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

I flew to Argentina for a 4 day promo in the city of  Buenos Aries where we hit a scaffolding jump in a park. That was an interesting trip.

What are your favorite Apres Ski activities?

Coffee… Nothing better then sitting at a cafe drinking a cappuccino after a day of shredding.

Any advice you would like to give to all the aspiring younger snowboarders out there?

Just have fun! If your not enjoying it then your not doing it right.

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

Flow rules. If you ride the gear then you know why its so good! I’m stoked to be part of the family and ride gear that makes snowboarding what it should be. Awesome!

Looks like Celia Miller and Sarka Pancochova might be planning one more trip to the southern hemisphere before winter switches poles again. Are any of you  planning on heading to South America, Australia or New Zealand before their winter (our summer) ends? Please connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know. Share your photos and message us.

Sarka Pancochova in Volcom Snow’s 2014-15 Outerwear

Check out Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Sarka Pancochova sporting Volcom’s 2014/15 Outerwear Collection. Are you ready for winter? All of us at Flow Snowboarding are. Don’t forget to reach out to us on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

 

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Josh Schrader: Outdoor Adventure Research

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

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.

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.

Celia Miller in the Silverton, CO Backcountry

Celia Miller & her Flow Jewel watching the snow fall in Colorado-
Pic: Aaron Dodds

Check out this backcountry session edit with Flow Team Athlete Celia Miller filmed in Silverton, Colorado last winter.

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