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.

Flow Micron Freddy Silber Earning His Turns


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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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
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For more information on filmmaker Matt Devino please visit:
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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 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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DESTINATION: TOP 10 NORTH AMERICAN FAMILY SNOWBOARD RESORTS

Top 10 North American Family Snowboard Resorts
The snow season is upon us and getting to the mountain is a great way to spend quality time with friends and family. Snowboarding is all about having fun and sharing experiences. Flow has broken down the top 10 family resorts in North America.

Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler, B.C.

Simply saying the word “Whistler” is fun, How could this mountain not be a blast? Whistler has a huge reputation as a premier family destination and it lives up to it every year. Whistler offers amazing on-mountain dining with spectacular views that the whole family can enjoy. An abundance of recreational activities and laid-back family environment puts Whistler Blackcomb on our list.

Whistler Blackcomb: www.whistlerblackcomb.com

North Star, Tahoe, CA

North Star is an amazing family experience. Located in Lake Tahoe, North Star provides an array of slopes from the most novice snowboarder all the way to advanced runs and parks. This resort provides upscale shopping, dining, and lodging all within the vicinity of the mountain. Beautiful views and a fun, family vibe await you at North Star!

North Star: www.northstarcalifornia.com

Vail, Vail, CO

Vail Mountain is a destination that you and your family have to visit. Vail offers 5,289 acres of diverse terrain to fit each snowboarder’s preference. Vail is suitable for all ages offering a “Kid’s Adventure Zone” as well as a terrain park. Vail is a perfect getaway for the family.

Vail: www.vail.com

Steamboat, Steamboat Springs, CO

Steamboat offers western hospitality at its best. Their wholesome, family vibe is second to none. Steamboat is a great location to get away from the daily grind and simply relax with the family. Steamboat is a place that you and your family will never forget.

Steamboat: www.steamboat.com

Lutsen Mountain, MN

Located near Lake Superior, Lutsen Mountain provides a perfect place for the adventurous family to explore beautiful trails and experience the Great Lakes. It seems there is a postcard picture everywhere that you look in Lutsen. Lutsen Mountain is a perfect family vacation destination.

Lutsen Mountain: www.lutsen.com

Brighton Resort, Brighton, UT

Brighton is just plain fun. Along with great slopes, there is always something going on around the mountain. From snow sculpting contest to night skiing, Brighton makes sure that you and your family are entertained. This mellow paced resort is perfect to relax with the family.

Check out the snow sculptures Here!
Brighton Resort: www.brightonresort.com

Park City Mountain Resort, Park City, UT

Park City has been a staple in North American snow resorts for 50 years! That must mean they’re doing something right. This prestigious resort provides an array of activities for the whole family. Park City should be on every family’s list of places to go.

Park City Mountain Resort: www.parkcitymountain.com

Smuggler’s Notch, VT

Smuggler’s Notch is a staple in family vacation destinations. Their entire emphasis as a resort is family fun. Smuggler’s provides a perfect backdrop for family time as well as children programs to provide a break for parents. Smuggler’s Notch is one of the best resorts in the east.

Smuggler’s Notch: www.smuggs.com

Stratton Mountain, VT

Stratton is an awesome place with some serious snowboarding roots! With amazing restaurants, spas, and events, it is hard to find time to go snowboarding. Nevertheless, Stratton still offers world-class trails and parks that the whole family can enjoy.

Stratton Mountain: www.stratton.com

Jackson Hole, Teton Village, WY

Jackson Hole is a place that everyone in the family can enjoy. Children, parents, and grandparents love the beautiful scenery and family friendly activities. Jackson Hole employs a large pool of skilled skiers and snowboarders that can teach you and your family the fundamentals of going down the mountain. A perfect mix of outdoor activities and family fun attractions, Jackson Hole is a favorite of Flow.

Jackson Hole: www.jacksonhole.com

 

These are just a few of the great resorts in North America that you and your family can experience. Snowboarding with your family is a great way to spend quality time and create lifelong memories. Get out there and have fun!

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LYDIA n FREDDY…

Freddy and Lydia both did really well this weekend competing in the Vans King and Queen of the Groms Slopestyle event in Winter Park. Lydia took first place in her division and Freddy came in 2nd place in his division. Freddy came within about 15 degrees of landing his first frontside 900
CONGRATS KIDS!!