Mario Wanger Always Having Fun

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

Where were you born Mario?

Tirol, Austria

Where is home for you now?

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

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

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

Did you ever go skiing before snowboarding?

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

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

I would say Mayrhofen, Penken Park.

What is your current snowboarding setup preference?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where was your favorite place to snowboard last winter?

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

Where are you looking forward to riding next winter?

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

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

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

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

Flow is sick!

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

Mike Basich Constantly Building For the Future

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

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

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

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

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

Tell us a little bit about Area-241?

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

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

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

What is your current Flow setup?

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

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

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

What was your favorite moment from last winter?

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

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next winter?

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

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

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

How old is your dog Summit?

My dog Summit is now 7.

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

It is always about the snow :)

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

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

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

Definition: Snowboarding Trailer II


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

“Matt Devino is reaching out and making a difference,” said Dale Rehberg of Flow Snowboards. “Gotta love the passion… it’s all about expression!”

DEFINITION: SNOWBOARDING. This is a documentary film project exploring the definition of snowboarding from the perspective of those who live it. They would like to invite the entire industry to be a part of this exploration, and to help show the world just how amazing snowboarding truly is.

“I’m really excited to have the backing of Flow for the project,” said Matt Devino “They have an amazing team and everyone at the company loves snowboarding, which is what this film is really all about. The film is sure to be even better with their support.”

Definition: Snowboarding is two year project to be released in the Fall of 2015. It will include dozens of interviews and document all aspects of riding and the lifestyle that encompasses it. Interviews will be shot over the course of 2014, and exclusive riding footage will be shot during the winter of 2014/2015. Here’s a link to the trailer. So stoked for this film.

For more information on the film Definition: Snowboarding please visit:
www.definitionsnowboarding.com
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For more information on filmmaker Matt Devino please visit:
www.mattdevino.com
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www.facebook.com/mattdevino1

Flow Snowboarding is excited about how this film is coming together. It speaks the common thread within snowboarding that ties us all together. Let us know what you think of the film trailer on Social media.

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Flow Rush Snowboard & NX2 Bindings – Gadgets & Gear (SIA 2014)

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

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

Getting to Know Your Flow Fusion PowerStrap

The Fusion PowerStrap foot-strap is 3D-shaped so it can fuse the ankle & toe zones over the mid-foot and is padded for a super comfortable form fit. In this quick video we show you how to properly set up your Fusion foot-straps with your Flow Bindings. Make sure you set your bindings up before you go riding, put your boots on, strap in and jump around on the carpet to make sure it feels good!

The FusionStrap is featured on Flow NX2, Fuse, ISIS, Five and Minx bindings.

Have you tried Flow’s FusionStrap yet? Let us know what you think about the FusionStrap technology at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know.

Through Shin Biyajima’s Eyes

During the summer months, Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Shin Biyajima does a lot to keep fit by cross training for the winter season. We had a moment to catch up with Biyajima in Japan to see how his winter went and how his summer is coming along. Pretty much catching a glimpse of the world through Biyajima’s eyes.

What would you consider you home ski resort to be?

The Hakuba area here in Nagano, Japan. But I like to chase the snow.

What kind of music do you ride to on your ipod or phone?

I listen to my friend’s band, rap and DJ mixes from Japan. I am so wide open with my music selection. Bassnectar to Tommy Guerrero. Acoustic, country dubstep, D’n’B, house, hip hop, Japanese, reggae and even techno. Not too much trance, though…

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

I have never traveled without snowboarding… Oh wait… Saipan and Vietnam. I also like the south part of Japan.

What type of cross training do you do over the summer months in order to remain in shape for the upcoming winter?

I love to do a lot of activities like bouldering, mountain biking and skateboarding. I am also on a soccer team called ‘God Hands.’ It is gathering of snowboarder friends. I do a lot of core training and stretching to help my body and protect myself from getting a sore back.

Soccer team of snowboarders? Nice… Did you catch any of the FIFA World Cup soccer matches this summer?

Japan did not do too well, but I was really cheering for Costa Rica. I liked their vibe and the way they played soccer.

What was your favorite memory from last winter season?

We had epic powder in Japan. Traveling around United States was such a good time…and of course, so was hanging with the Flow Snowboarding team in Colorado.

Where are you looking forward to riding next year?

Japan, Lake Tahoe, Jackson Hole, Colorado and Washington, Canada, Alaska, Europe, South America… Anywhere it snows!

Describe your Apres Ski activities. What does Shin do to unwind after a day on the mountain?

Onsen… for sure. It is a natural hot spa. I go almost every time after riding when I’m in Japan. I like to chill and sometimes make Sushi. Checking footage from the day and well… CrackBook. Then I stretch, eat and then sleep. I sleep deep.

Do you have ideas or things you would want to try this winter?

I want to create a unique terrain park in the mountains. A little bit like Red Bull’s Ultra Natural, but more jibbing. Easier set ups for everyone and do some kind of riding party where we could all share the happiness of being in the snowy mountains… and I want to build a mountain lodge like Mike Basich has. An Area-241 in Japan.

Anything else you’d like to say to the Flow Snowboarding supporters?

We never know how long winter will be. Let’s go snowboarding before Mother Earth melts. Snow is AMAZING!

Shin Biyajima keeps up his fitness during the summer months. What are you doing this summer to cross train? Biking, hiking, skating, surfing, SUPing? Or better yet… are you still chasing the snow and snowboarding? Please share with us what you are doing over the summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Skidome Terneuzen, Holland Video: Erik Bastiaansen and Niek van der Velden

FlowSnowboarding Team Riders: Erik Bastiaansen and Niek van der Velden tearing it up at Skidome, Holland

Europe has quite a few indoor Snowboard parks. The weather outside could be non-cooperative but yet you can ski 365 days a year. A park rider’s dream. Flow Team riders Erik Bastiaansen and Niek van der Velden throw down in this video from Douwe Janse. For more information on Skidome please visit: www.skidome.nl

Any of you headed to Europe or staying local here in North America? Please share with us where you plan on continuing your snowboarding this summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media.

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Europe’s Indoor Snowboard Parks


Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Drayden Gardner took a flight across the pond to hit the UK’s SnowDome in Tamworth, Stafford. If you are planning a backpacking trip through Europe this summer, you might want to pack your goggles and spring gloves… there’s riding to be done. Europe’s indoor snowboard parks keep riders shredding 365 days a year. The SnowDome for of over 19 years has been referred to many in the UK as the spiritual home of the UK freestyle scene. Their freestyle parks are definitely on point, with a few beginning features for those looking to progress to the next level.

For more information on SnowDome, please visit:
www.snowdome.co.uk

The largest indoor park in the UK is located in Milton Keynes at Snozone. Snozone has park nights every Thursday and Friday night and hosts freestyle events such as Parkstrife which has extra enhanced features for riders as they pump in great music. Snozone’s Who’s Afraid of the Park event focuses on beginners to freestyle, allowing them to learn from qualified instructors and sponsored riders.

For more information on Snozone, please visit:
www.snozoneuk.com

Flow Snowboarding supporter Johnny de Jong lives in the Netherlands, and is an avid snowboarder at Holland’s SkiDome. Our next video blog in a couple days will feature a video edit from SkiDome.

“I live seven miles from an indoor track,” explained de Jong. “So it is easy for me to go snowboarding. SkiDome is the very first indoor court of Netherlands. There are a few indoor tracks… a fun park with various rails, ‘jumps’ and of course the big air bag to catch you. The SkiDome is my home ground, but it’s not the biggest one. Check out SnowWorld and look for Landgraaf. That is a nice one.”

For more information on SkiDome, please visit:
www.skidome.nl

For more information on SnowWorld, please visit:
www.snowworld.com

Show us you pics! Have you ever ridden any of the indoor snowboard parks in Europe? We want to see your pics. Feel free to tag #FlowSnowboarding when you post your photos. Continue to share with us at Flow Snowboarding by connecting with us on Social Media!

Summer Snowboarding: Cure for the Summertime Blues (Europe)


Snow Sliding Across the Pond in Europe

In our last Flow Snowboarding FLOG, we took a look at the Summer Snowboarding options for North America. If you’re a boarder and a baller… why not head across the pond to Europe for some summer sliding? This FLOG we’ll take a look at a few snowboarding options in France, Sweden and Switzerland. Les 2 Alpes, Riksgränsen and Eskimos Sports Freestyle Camp each offer a unique opportunity to keep your snow season continuing through the summer months.

Les 2 Alpes, Wild Summer Camps Isère, France

The French ski resort Les 2 Alpes is situated 44 miles south of Grenoble in Isère. It is home to the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is Europe’s second oldest resort behind Chamonix. Les 2 Alpes has one of the best reputations for being one of the greatest places for summer riding. Ride at elevation 9,186 ft up to 11,811 ft on the Girose and Mont de Lans glaciers high above the resort. Each summer they host their Wild Summer Camps, with excellent training facilities and many outstanding, specially adapted programs for experts and beginners alike.

For more information on Les 2 Alpes, please visit:
www.2alpes-snowpark.com

Riksgränsen, Sweden

Riksgränsen ski resort rests 186 miles to the north of the Arctic Circle, making it Sweden’s northernmost ski resort. Its latitude gives the resort 24 hours of daylight in the summer, which means that it’s possible to ride under the midnight sun. Thanks to this year’s snowfall, Riksgränsen will be ending this year’s skiing season with skiing under the midnight sun, a midsummer buffet in Restaurant Lapplandia, and an après-ski and night club in bar Grönan and traditional Swedish dancing around the the maypole in your boots. If you can, get to Sweden ASAP. These events kick off June 19-22nd.

For more information on Rikgransen, please visit:
www.riksgransen.se

Eskimos Sports, Freestyle Camps Zermatt, Switzerland

Want to ride Switzerland in July or August? If you have it in your budget, why not hop a jet plane to Zermatt, Switzerland? Eskimos Sports holds their Freestyle Camps over the summer, sliding on park and pipe on the Allalin glacier ski area. Their snow park in Saas-Fee will make you forget that it’s actually summer. All of Eskimos Sports’ coaches are professional riders and solid snowboarding and freestyle teachers. They promise a measurable improvement in ability within a week’s time. Grabbing air with style and endless rails to jib. The riders at Eskimos Sports look to inspire one another in order to push the limit and dial in new tricks.

For more information on Eskimo Sport, please visit:
www.freestylecamps.ch
www.eskimos.ch

While most Americans backpack through Europe and see the tourist sights in the Summer… why not be in the minority walking the planet and pack up your board, boots and bindings and head to the slopes less ridden by us Yankees? If you can’t afford to, don’t worry… neither can I. But a man can dream. One day we will get to Europe to ride.

As we all pine for winter on the top of the planet, the Southern Hemisphere is primed for a great season. We will take a look at a few Southern Hemisphere hot spots in our next Flog. Please share with us where you plan on continuing your snowboarding this summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media.

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Definition: Snowboarding – A Feature Film From Matt Devino

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

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

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

DEFINITION: SNOWBOARDING. This is a documentary film project exploring the definition of snowboarding from the perspective of those who live it. They would like to invite the entire industry to be a part of this exploration, and to help show the world just how amazing snowboarding truly is.

“I’m really excited to have the backing of Flow for the project,” said Matt Devino “They have an amazing team and everyone at the company loves snowboarding, which is what this film is really all about. The film is sure to be even better with their support.”

“Matt Devino is reaching out and making a difference,” said Dale Rehberg of Flow Snowboards. “Gotta love the passion… it’s all about expression!”

Definition: Snowboarding is two year project to be released in the Fall of 2015. It will include dozens of interviews and document all aspects of riding and the lifestyle that encompasses it. Interviews will be shot over the course of 2014, and exclusive riding footage will be shot during the winter of 2014/2015. Here’s the teaser trailer below. So looking forward to this film.

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

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

Flow Snowboarding is stoked for this film. It speaks the common thread within snowboarding that ties us all together. Let us know what you think of the film trailer on Social media.

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