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Everyone here at Flow Snowboarding wishes you all a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday weekend! Hope you are taking the time away from work to spend time eating well, with your loved ones, watching sports or better yet… getting up to the hill. Where resorts are you planning on hitting this weekend? Let us know on social media. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Mike Basich on Filming Point Break 2

Our good friend and Flow Snowboarding team athlete Mike Basich was off in Italy last week filming for the major motion picture Point Break 2. Where the original film focused on adrenaline, highlighting surfing and skydiving… it would seen natural to include backcountry and big mountain riding in the sequel. We were able to track down Basich in Italy for a little Q & A about filming in Italy, along with a few other projects he’s been involved with.

So you are in Italy now? What has the experience filming for the next Point Break film been like? 

I must have watch the first Point Break ten times in the first months of release back then. It is pretty cool to be apart of something from the past into a new era. We are on our second shoot. The first one was a bit hectic, stressful and on the dangerous side of riding. Conditions where sketchy, lots of slides.

Where exactly have you been filming? 

We have been in Italy. Courmeyaur. All heli stuff. Heli-ing for Hollywood is very different than Alaska heli or any ski heli service. Taking a ride in a heli by yourself is pretty common here. A very strange feeling for me.

We have to ask have you had a chance to meet Keanu Reeves with the filming? 

Keanu Reeves isn’t in the new film. It’s a cool crew this time around. I can’t announce who they are but, I have been working with them on this second shoot.

Anything else you would like to say about the current or past shoot, or film coming up?

I haven’t done stunt work like this before. It is for sure different following certain things that needed to be done for the shot. Like riding with multiple people on a sketchy slope…

Now that winter is upon us… What are your travel plans over the next few months? 

On a plane soon as this trip is over to gather together the last to do list for Area-241, and getting the chairlift dialed. Hoping it will be a good season. There is so much to happen still at Area-241 with the Flow crew.


Read and watch more about Area-241: Chairlift Chronicles 

Anything you want to mention about your successful Kickstarter or portrait book?

I just finished up the details of my Self-Portrait book. It’s called The Frozen Chase. Sending over a sneak peak of it. It will be available at www.Area-241.com end of January. It is a 130+ page photo book of my self-portraits over 15 years.

Anywhere else your followers and Flow family could see what you have been up to? 

You can check out my segment in the new Absinthe Films movie Heavy Mental and the film The Little Things, both currently available on iTunes. When you see the film trailer for Point Break 2, look closely… You will probably see our brother Mike Basich, especially if it involves a mountain, snow and a killer snowboard line. Did you get your copy of Basich’s self portrait book? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Liz Kristoferitsch On Living In The Mountains

“Living in the mountains is an outstanding enrichment to my life. I am thankful for the possibility to be out there and to be a part of it. In addition to taking part in international freeride competitions, I truly enjoy sharing my experiences and love for winter sports by guiding and coaching” – Liz Kristoferitsch

Flow Snowboarding had the chance to connect with Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Liz Kristoferitsch and discovered where the foundation for her love of the mountains came from. You don’t really have to look too far beyond where she grew up. Kristoferitsch grew up with a big family in Graz, Styria in Austria. Freeriding and mountaineering are the two main passions of life for Miss Kristoferitsch.

What was life growing up in Austria like?

“I truly love these intense moments filled with nature, freedom, emotions and the elements. There is a feeling about this place with its long term friendships that is hard to compare. I really enjoy my current life in the Dalaas village at Arlberg, and I also feel comfortable in Innsbruck where I have lived for almost ten years.”

What do you consider to be your home mountain?

Since I´ve been living at Arlberg for so many years, it is the place that I know best. I love to ride here.

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

My freeride setup consists of Flow’s Hylite Focus boots, NX2-AT bindings and Rad Air Tanker 162 Board. I rarely switch and stick to my favorite set up.

Do you listen to music when you snowboard?

Sometimes I enjoy the sounds of the snow, sometimes I do listen to music. I kind of like to have one ear plug playing music. When it´s music it is either rock, punk, or very relaxing tones. 

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

It is a family tradition- as a child at the age of three you are put on skis. In 1992 I was allowed to make my own choice and bought a snowboard, a decision that influenced my life a whole lot.

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

At the age of 14 at Niederalpl, a small ski area in Styria. My friends and I all had boards but no clue about how to ride. It was quite a task but at the end of the day I had managed riding the t-bar and doing some turns. That made me really proud. For the next week every single muscle ached, it was so worth it.

How was the winter in Austria this past winter? 

Last season there was little amount of snowfall throughout the whole winter. Knowing where to go in the area was necessary to get some good turns. Still, I had some very good days in Austria riding powder. Only two hours south the amount of snow was tripled, so it was a good idea to go there some days.

For somebody planning their first snowboarding trip to Austria, what resorts should they definitely check out?

Arlberg, Austria and Maloja, Switzerland

What are some of your favorite apres ski activities?

Hot springs are fantastic.

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

I love quiet places near the sea. I’ve discovered Asia has such a great beach life.

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

My winter starts in November and lasts until May of June. In between I take a break for relaxing and summer activities like mountain biking and hiking. Some days I go up the mountain for blackberries and I can take time to visit my family, which is hardly possible during the winter season.

You are a seasoned veteran to competing in freeride contests. Do you still nervous during contests?

I used to be very nervous, could hardly eat a bite before my run. During the years I have developed routines on contest days that help me to concentrate better and be less nervous. Anyway, with the first turn any nervousness is gone and I enjoy the ride.

The competition podium are a familiar home for you. How much does placing in competitions matter to you?

Standing on the podium is always special and a great honor for me. Every year the field becomes stronger. The challenges continue to get bigger in freeriding. Standing on the podium after a competition feels good. That experience is worth a lot in the world of freeride competitions.

You took a trip to Mongolia last year. Tell us a little about your trip. 

In May 2013, I was part of an expedition to the Tavan Bogd mountain range in Mongolia. Hiking and skiing in this remote area where Mongolia boarders China and Russia turned out to be an amazing experience. Read more about Kristoferitsch’s Mongolia Trip: lizkristoferitsch.com/freeskiingmongolia/story.html

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

For a change I love skiing as well as mountain biking and hiking. When I am home I enjoy cooking, reading a good book and a glass of good wine.

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

Thank you for your amazing spirit!

Have you ridden in Austria yet? The Alps are home to some of the world’s greatest snowboarders and skiers. Where in the Alps have you been or like to go? Flow wants to know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Top 10 Useful Tools For Planning A Snowboarding Trip

The new chill in the air has you and your crew chomping at the bit to run to the hills. There are now 13 ski resorts open in North America. (Actually more now… Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is now open…) Winter is stealthily upon us and we at Flow Snowboarding could not be more exited.

You have your snowboard, bootsbindings and gear all packed up in your luggage bags and ready for your first voyage up the mountain. Flow Snowboarding wants to share with you 10 useful resources to stay on top of your snowboarding plans and trips this winter.

10. Facebook Snowboard Groups
Login to Facebook and search for the ski and snowboard groups in your area. There you can communicate with those in your area that you share the love of sliding on the snow with. Share your photos, find out about events and promotions, find people looking for carpooling options, find people to go ride with, make new friends that love snowboarding.

9. College & University Ski Clubs
If you are still a student, recent grad or alumni, take a look at your local colleges and universities. In most cases there are ski and snowboard clubs within these institutions of higher learning. Even the educated need a break to be up on a hill, away from the things of man. Find those other like minded souls that are more looking forward to their next trip up the hill, than what the professor is teaching them. Checking with your college and university advisers would be a best way to contact these individual clubs.

8. Ride Share Programs
Most major cities with a solid number of snowboarders (or even skiers) like Denver, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City or Seattle to name a few have ride share programs. Cities like Denver even have those massive lots just outside en route to the resorts, making it easier for people to coordinate a carpool up to the mountains. Carpooling not only frees up the traffic, but is also a great way to save money and meet new friends who share the stoke for snow.

7. Find My Friends
The Find My Friends application helps you locate your friends and identifies their exact location on the app’s navigational map. It is the perfect way to track where on the hill your friends ended up. If your party is late for a rendezvous or Apres-ski, you can see what run they are currently on. Find My Friends uses state-of-the-art Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to provide the most accurate, up-to-date locations in real-time.
For more information on Find My Friend, please visit:
For iPhone: www.apple.com/apps/find-my-friends/
For Android:  play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fsp.android.friendlocator&hl=en

6. The Weather Channel
It goes without saying, you need to know what the weather is. The most user friendly site for weather tracking is The Weather Channel’s website. It is a useful tool as they are very up to date with their weather forecasts, maps, videos, photos and news. How much snow (or sun) will there be? What is the next storm bringing? Plug in your city or zip code and find what is in store for the resort you plan on riding.
For more information on The Weather Channel, please visit www.weather.com

5. NOAA
What better way to track the snow than with the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)? NOAA is a solid go to resource for tracking weather and snowfall. Plug in your region, and you will get detailed short range and long term weather predictions. This site is as in depth as you want to drill into it. You can read the experts predictions of forecasts, watch infrared and satellite images, even animated sequences to track storm strength and trajectories. There are also quick links to road conditions.
For more information on NOAA, please visit: www.NOAA.gov

4. Your Local Department of Transportation
Depending on the state you are in, you might know it as CalTrans, CDOT, ODOT, WSDOT, WYDOT… They are your state’s Department of Transportation. Make sure you are familiar with these sites, especially if you plan on loading up the vehicle with your gear and road tripping it. There’s nothing worse then driving into a polar vortex and not being prepared. Road and highway closures are common in winter, even for the entire season. Knowing the roads ahead of you for your trip will also help you determine if you need a 4X4 or AWD, or if your good driving up your gas efficient 2WD whip. Make sure you are dialed into your local Department of Transportation.

3. Liftopia
Liftopia’s aim is for everyone to enjoy more of their time on the hills and in the mountains — from curious beginners to life-long athletes. They are the largest online marketplace for ski lift tickets. Their website allows you to scour the internet for some of the best lift ticket deals, via city, state, region and country. Their discounts on lift tickets range anywhere between 20% to over 50% off retail prices. If you are planning ahead for your ski trips, make sure you bookmark this page.
For more information on Liftopia, please visit www.liftopia.com 

2. There Is An App For That
Power in the palm of you hands. We live in a very digital age. Whether it is checking in with the resorts, storm tracking, finding lift deals or even discounted accommodations… search your Android or iPhone application store. You will find an app for that. Liftopia, NOAA and OnTheSnow (mentioned in the next tool) even have their own applications. Most major ski resorts also have their own personalized applications that offer promotions, GPS tracking to track your runs and distance ridden. Take a quick search in your Application Store on you smart phone. Find the apps that work best for you.

1. On The Snow
We mentioned 13 resorts are open as of today, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is set to open tomorrow on November 13th, with more resorts set to open this weekend. How do you keep track of all these resorts? One great resource is On The Snow as they stay up to date with snow reports, resort break downs, weather and even links to the live webcams at the resorts. They are also a great resource covering gear, news and travel. They also have an active and solid community on their forums. For mobile devices, they also have one of the most in depth resort and snow tracking application
For more information, please visit: www.OnTheSnow.com
For iphone: itunes.apple.com/us/app/ski-snow-report/id300412347?mt=8
For Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skireport&hl=en

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Flow Snowboarding Micron Caleb Bonneville 2014 Video Edit

Check out this video edit of 11 year old Flow Snowboarding Micron Caleb Bonneville. It was filmed at Northstar at Tahoe last season. Caleb’s no fear approach to life encompasses everything he does. From his snowboarding to motocross and skateboarding… this kid is quickly growing up to be a force to be reckoned with.

Flow Snowboarding works closely with their Micron Team to help develop the next generation of snowboarders. Do you think you or your little one has what it takes to join the Flow Snowboarding Micron Team? Share with us your clips, photos and video edits on social. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding & #FindYourFlow

Drayden Gardner Summer of Skateboarding

Since the snow is finally arriving in the Northern hemisphere, Flow Snowboarding wanted highlight another skateboarding video edit of Drayden Gardner crushing it before we completely transition to the winter videos.

Let these youngsters be inspiration to you and your own little groms to #FindYourFlow. Whether it be surf, skate, wake or snow… we all find our flow riding. We would love to see what our Flow family has been up to these summer months. Share your photos with us. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Kickstarter for Definition: Snowboarding a Film by Matt Devino

Definition: Snowboarding is a feature length documentary about what snowboarding means to those who live it. Filmmaker Matt Devino is currently running a Kickstarter to get the project off the ground. This documentary film project explores the definition of snowboarding from the perspective of those who live it.

The film has been a passion project of Devino’s for the past year, working on it without any funding of any kind. The goal of Definition: Snowboarding is to show the public just how amazing Snowboarding is, hopefully inspiring people to go snowboarding for the first time, and reinvigorating people who already ride to get out there and ride their boards.

Devino has been interviewing some of Snowboarding’s biggest names for the film, filming snowboarding footage exclusively for the film, and now it’s time to raise funds to complete the film. Devino need funds for things such as travel to locations to film exciting new Snowboarding footage exclusively for the film, and paying for camera crew and editor time. This round of funding is looking exclusively for production funds so Devino can get out there and film some amazing footage for the film this winter. Definition: Snowboarding will be an in-depth look into all of the genres of snowboarding through the eyes of those who live it.

“We plan to create a film with the support of core snowboarding that will welcome the general public into our lives,” said Devino, “…and to share the complete picture of riding rather that just the homogenized competitive X Games style of riding most people associate with snowboarding. Ultimately, we want to inspire new people to go snowboarding for the first time, and reinvigorate current riders to get out there and enjoy their boards more often and continue to live the dream.”

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.

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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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Wie Gehtz Philipp Kundratitz?

Wie gehtz Philipp Kundratitz? Okay, so you don’t speak German? “Wie gehtz” translates to “What’s up” in German, and for this profile piece we head over to the glaciers in Austria to catch up with European Flow Team Athlete Philipp Kundratitz. Kundratitz has been hitting the podium in multiple competitions last year in Europe and is fixing for even bigger wins this winter.

A native to Austria, Kundratitz grew up in the heart of the Alps, not too far from the birthplace of Flow Snowboarding. Children start skiing and snowboarding at the young age of four in the Alps. While most Americans have recess or physical education, most schools in the Alps make it a point to bring entire classrooms up to the slopes. Kundratitz was one of these kids back in the days, now has grown into the competitive threat he has become, with lofty goals.

Where is home for you? 

Home for me is in Innsbruck where I grew up. It´s cool to just hang out with my friends and family. I´m always happy to go back home after a long trip. 

What do you consider to be your home mountain? 

My home mountain is just 5 minutes walk from where I live. It´s called Seegrube. It´s just a very small resort above Innsbruck, but it´s always lots of fun up there. Just cruising with my friends from home. Good times and good memories!

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

I´m riding a Black Out 156 with a NX2 Hybrid Bindings and Hylite Focus Boots. I didn´t get to ride so much powder lately because last winter wasn´t that good, but I usually just use the same board all the time.

Do you listen to music when you snowboard? 

I used to do it all the time when I was younger but now I like to ride without music because I find it easier to concentrate and I like to hear the sound of the snow below me.

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

No I started with skiing when I was a little kid but luckily I started snowboarding and found out that it is way more fun!

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

It was on my home mountain. I think I was around 8 years old.

Who were your influences and inspiration snowboarding?

I don´t really have one rider that is my inspiration. I just watch a lot of snowboarding videos and when I think that a trick looks really cool then I try it out myself.

How was the winter in Austria this year?

Last year was really bad, we didn´t get a lot of snow so it was really icy all the time. Let´s hope this year will be better!

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

My favorite resorts are Mayrhofen and Flachauwinkl. They both have super nice parks and I would probably recommend to there.

Where was your favorite place to snowboard this season? 

Probably Laax. I went there in April for the Pleasure Spring Session. They had a super fun setup and I could just ride without any pressure with my friends.

What are some of your favorite apres ski activities?

Usually just chill in the hotel or at home and watch TV Shows. Sometimes I work out after snowboarding as well, but that depends on how tired I am after snowboarding.

Are you planning on a snowboardtrip this season? Where? 

Yes I´m going to the US in December and then maybe again in February. Should be lots of fun!

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

I always love to go on summer vacations. Doesn´t really matter where, I just like to chill at the beach and know that I have nothing to do!

How did you manage to get in the Austrian national snowboardteam, and what are your goals in the near future?

I had some good results in contests so they asked me to join the team. It´s great because with the team I get to snowboard even more and I can do all the big contests around the world. My goal for this season is to ride at the World Championships in Austria. They are happening in January 2015. My absolute dream is to ride the Air & Style in Innsbruck though. That would be so sick!

You have been doing a lot of contests, the last two years. What keeps you motivated to train?

It´s just a lot of fun for me to see where I am standing compared to other riders. It also feels nice to get a good result and see that all the training paid off!

You where in Australia this summer, how was the vibe? Did you manage to get on snow?

Yes I went to Perisher and to Falls Creek to start the season in August. It was really good to ride there, I didn´t really expect that. I hope that I get to go back next year, snowboarding in Australia is just a really cool experience!

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

I work out a lot when I can´t go snowboarding. I also go snowboarding every summer but that’s usually just for a few weeks.

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

I like to hang out with my friends, work out and I never say no to a good party ;-)

Have you headed over to the Alps to snowboard yet? With all the glaciers and easy access to all the European indoor slopes… what’s your excuse for not riding 365 days a year? Flow Snowboarding is ready for winter. Are you? Don’t forget to reach out to us on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

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The Duder Abides: Nathan Jacobson

The Duder abides in the Pacific Northwest. Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Nathan Jacobson to find out a little bit more about his background, to recap his strong showing in his snowboarding competitions last winter, what he has been up to over the summer to his plans for the upcoming winter.

Where are you originally from Nathan?

I was born and raised in Bend Oregon. I love it here. There is no place I would have rather grown up. Everyone here is nice and the community is outdoorsy. The mountain is only 20 minutes from town and we had an indoor skate park that I would spend a lot of hours at.

What do you consider your home mountain to be? 

Mt. Bachelor is my home mountain.

Did you ski before, or have you always been snowboarding?

I started skiing when i was 2 years old. My dad would carry me around the mountain in a backpack going top speed before I could walk.

Where did snowboarding begin for you?

The first time I went snowboarding I was 5 years old at my home mountain, Mt. Bachelor. My family were all skiers so I think they hoped I wouldn’t like it. I fell like 70 times on my first run. My dad asked if I was over it. I replied, “No way! That was awesome!” 

What was it like competing in the Men’s US Open of Snowboarding?

It was by far the most fun I have ever had at a contest. Plus… the half pipe was amazing! I was competing with my childhood heroes. It was cool to be hanging around them, everyone was nice and funny. It also made me realize that I’m at their level now. 

USASA Nationals in CO, you placed 3rd in Men’s open halfpipe and 6th in slopestyle. Congratulations… what was that whole event like? 

Well that was my 8th year competing at nationals so I have experienced it a lot. Nationals has so much going on. It’s crazy fun. It was my second year riding the open class and first time on the podium in that class. My new coach Spencer, from the US Snowboard team, was there watching and I think that really helped me try to impress him and to try to secure my spot on the team. 

What’s it like being on the US Snowboard Team?

Amazing, they help out so much and make sure that we are in top shape for the upcoming winter. They have had team camps through out the summer and fall, so I really have gotten to know my teammates. We are all at a higher level of riding so it is nice to have people pushing me all of the time. 

What are a few of your favorite resorts to travel to?

My favorite place to ride is Mt. Bachelor because of the all natural terrain, everything is like a natural halfpipe, wind lips, tranny finding, and natural quarter pipes.  That’s why we have so many good half pipe riders coming out of Bend. Everywhere in Colorado and Utah… because there is so much snow and so many different resorts to go to. Breckenridge has my favorite terrain park.

You skate and wakeboard too… what are some of your favorite skate spots? Where do you usually wake board?

We have a lot of good skate spots close to Bend. We just got a new outdoor park this summer which has been fun. Sisters, Oregon has fun bowls and a cradle. We wakeboard in the summer at Prineville Reservoir and sometimes Round Butte.

Who were our influences growing up snowboarding?

Ben Watts was a big influence on me when i was starting out snowboarding. He was a great skater and I skated with him all the time at the indoor park in Bend. All of my friends started snowboarding so I wanted to start too. When Ben made the US Snowboard team, I realized that a goal like that was possible.

Who are your main influences now?

My coaches at Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation – they are all great riders and are super positive and amazing coaches.

What is your current ride setup? Board, boots, bindings… Does your setup differ from park to powder riding?

This season I plan to ride on the 153 Black Out snowboard, large Fuse Hybrids bindings and the Hylite Focus snowboard boots, size 9′s. I like camber more than rocker because I feel more stable. My setup does not differ from park to powder. I really like my set up so I ride it in everything.

Where is the furthest you have traveled to snowboard?

Seven Springs, PA

Where is one place you love traveling to, not pertaining to snowboarding?

Florida. It’s warm, DisneyWorld is there and they have the Orlando Watersports Complex for wakeboard cable park riding. Also, there is a huge Van’s skate park.

What is the origin of the name “Duder?”

When I was two days old my dad was calling me “Dude.” My mom was getting mad at him saying “Dude” wasn’t a cute enough name. So they switched it to “Duder.”

Where are you looking forward to riding this upcoming season?

Laxx in Switzerland for the European Open.

What are you focusing on, or your goals for this winter season?

To get really good results in all the contests I compete in. I hope to make it to finals in the Grand Prix and European Open.

Are there any other tricks you plan on adding to the trick bag or mastering to continue to take your riding to the next level?

Right now I am just trying to add more style to my riding and will add new tricks as they come along.

Do you ride with music, what are you normally listening to?

Yes, I listen to Biggie Smalls on Pandora Radio

Any advice to pass onto any of the kids looking to progress their riding, and perhaps one day get sponsored?

Keep snowboarding.  You have to have fun with it first before you can be successful.

Are you involved in any projects, events or organizations that you would like to call attention to?

Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, they have been so supportive of me and I want to give a shout out for all of the great things they do for kids in snow sports. I volunteer for their annual fundraisers including the ski swap, Snowball, Pole Peddle Paddle and Cascade Cycling Classic.

Any final words for the Flow customers or followers?

I like the Flow set up because it’s faster strapping in and it makes me feel more connected to my snowboard then other binding brands I’ve tried. Get your gear ordered up… it’s going to be an awesome season!  #FindYourFlow

If you’re up in Oregon riding this year, keep your eye out for Nathan “Duder” Jacobson cruising around Mt. Bachelor. Are any of you headed to ride the Pacific Northwest this winter? Flow Snowboarding wants to know where you’re planning on riding. Chime in and connect with us via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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.