Flow Snowboarding 101 – What do you need to go snowboarding?

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What do I need to go snowboarding? What are some tips for planning a snowboarding trip? How to tips on learning how to snowboard? Venturing into the park for the first time? Safety tips for going off trail. If you just started snowboarding or want to get into it, there are a lot of basic questions people have. Such simple questions, but all beginners and people starting out snowboarding are typically afraid to ask. Welcome to Flow Snowboarding School, a series intended to answer your most basic how to questions of snowboarding. Class is in session.

Flow Snowboarding 101: What do you need to go snowboarding?

Flow Snowboarding 101 is designed as an introduction for beginners as a reference source for all the equipment necessary to enjoy your trip sliding on snow. In this section we will be covering what to wear, equipment needed and luggage for your voyage up the mountain.

1. What do I wear snowboarding?

Outerwear:
Staying dry and warm when you are on the hill. You need to make sure you have outerwear. A warm combination of a waterproofed jacket and pants are vital. Being wet makes a day snowboarding more annoying. Snow jackets and pants come in varying waterproofing and breathability ratings. Layering up with liners under your outerwear can help increase your comfort and warmth level.

Gloves:
Gloves come in many variations. Like outerwear, they are used to keep your hands dry and warm. Depending on the time of year, there are warmer thicker gloves for fall and winter, as well as lighter and more breathable gloves for the spring and summer months on the mountain.

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Goggles:
You need to be able to see. Sure sunglasses block the sun, but if you fall once… will they survive the impact? There’s a reason why most of us use goggles. We recommend you have two types of lenses; one High Visibility lens that has a good tint to them to block the sun out. These have the fancy iridium and darker colored tint to the lenses. You also want a low visibility lens to help accentuate the terrain in low light and stormy conditions. These low visibility lenses typically come in a yellow or rose tint.

Headwear:
Finding a comfortable beanie and helmet are recommend. Sarka Pancochova demonstrated the importance of a helmet. If you want to roll the dice without a helmet, make sure your beanie is warm and fits well with your goggles. Try to avoid what is known as a gaper gap, make sure your bindings are tight to your beanie, or you will have a funny looking sunburn and wind burn on your forehead

Accessories:
If you need more warmth and comfort you can always add a scarf, facemask or gaiter to keep your head extra warm. These are optional, but will help add to the comfort level. If you have all of the above and are still dealing with battling the cold, we’d recommend hand warmers you can store inside you gloves or even the pockets of your outerwear.

2. Snowboarding Gear

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Snowboard:
There are a vast array of shapes and sizes of snowboards. People typically ask if they should buy a starter or beginner snowboard versus a more technical snowboard. Flow Snowboarding offers a few options for those looking to get started. The Viper, Merc or Silhouette are perfect choices for those looking to start linking their toeside and heelside turns. To keep things simple there are two types of boards, rocker and camber. Feel free to browse through our entire line of Flow snowboards.

For more information on the different types of boards, watch the Flow snowboard overview video: HERE

Boots:
Whether you choose our traditional lace boot in our Vega or step up to the next level with our selection of BOA closure boots, Flow boots are the best fitting boots out of the box. Find the boot that fits you best and for your riding style. New boot technology such as BareFoot Technology, as well as advances in closure systems and insoles & outsoles offers you a perfect fit. Please browse through our entire line of Flow boots.

For more information on boots, watch the Flow boot overview video: HERE

Bindings:
When selecting a bindings, Flow offers a variety of options from beginner bindings, to bindings that vary in response & stiffness depending on the needs of the rider. Our Flite, Five or Haylo bindings are a great option for an entry level binding. Flow’s Fuse, Fuse_GT, Minx or Minx-GT bindings are a great option for riders looking for a responsive feel with flex. Our higher end NX2-GT, NX2 & Isis bindings are our most responsive and stiffest bindings in our line. To find the correct bindings for you, please browse through our entire line of Flow bindings.

For more information on bindings, watch the Flow bindings overview video: HERE

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3. Baggage

Backpack:
Whether you are just hitting the local resort, or heading off into the slack or backcountry, you need to make sure you have a backpack to carry all the essentials. Check out our variety of different Flow backpacks.

Board Bags & Luggage:
A great way to keep all your hard gear and soft goods organized is to grab some snowboard specific luggage to store all the gear you accumulate. When travelling via car or plane, having everything organized and packed is essential. A boardbag is also a great way to protect your snowboard gear, as well as the inside of your car. Check out our variety of different Flow luggage bags.

Flow Snowboarding 101 is a basic outline of what is needed to go snowboarding. Do you think we left anything out? Let us know, we are trying to educate. We will be continuing on this series in order to help bring the new generation of snowboarders to the next level.We all started riding somewhere.

Where did you start snowboarding? Do you have any photos? Share your photos with us on social media by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and tag us. You can also enter your photos to Flow Snowboarding’s Photo of the Month contest: CLICK HERE

10 Questions Catching Up With Sarka Pancochova

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Where in the world are you ladies currently?

We are in Breckenridge, CO. Its snowing outside so we are trying film some sweet snowboarding.

Where are your travels leading you this time Sarka?

I am gonna stay in Breck and film. I have US open after that, then I will go to Czech for the World Cup. I am hoping to do another sweet trip to add to my little documentary.

We saw you are travelling with Celia Miller… any others in the entourage touring with you?

I like riding with Celia. She is a great travel buddy and she is an experienced backcountry rider. I just like people who are stoked on snowboarding and fun to hang out with.

What film crew or photographers are you travelling with?

Usually just friends that are around. It is not a super high budget project, but more of an experiment. It’s just nice to be out of my competition element and see what I can come up with and how creative we can get.

What is this particular film project you are focusing on?

It is gonna be travel story with great snowboarding and inspiring people from all over the world that just love snowboarding. What their story is. I’m a perfect example of a park rat, but I know there is more to snowboarding then just competing. I want to bring this up with this documentary.

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Sarka Pancochova in the park by QParks in Turkey

So you have been asking people all around the world what snowboarding means to them. Any answers you would like to share? 

Yeah. Turkey was pretty exciting. There is this older guy. We was like 45 and he just started snowboarding 6 years ago. Got so hooked on it that he started organizing the first snowpark in Turkey with his buddies. The story was pretty epic. He just wanted to make snowboarding available for Turkish people and show them how much fun it is.


Anything about the trip, not related to snowboarding that you would like to mention?

I ate a lot of kebabs in that week.

Any recommendations for MUST travel to, as far as locations for those looking to travel the world to snowboard?

Last year I went to Norway to Folgefona resort and traveled on motorbikes the west coast. It was pretty awesome trip. (For more on this trip see the BOBs On Tour film)

You are involved in the POW Protect Our Winter’s campaign. In your world travels over the years, have you noticed a difference in seasons? Winters? Snowfall or Snowpack?

I have to say that it is crazy how much winters have changed since i started snowboarding. California doesn’t have any snow and glaciers are disappearing. Global warming is a big issue everywhere around the world. People loose jobs because of it and it needs to be number one topic. We need to try figure out ways how to stop it.

Anything else you would like to mention to the Flow family or those reading this article?

Flow Snowboarding is a real snowboard family. People in the company have been so good to me and I love to represent it. I always get to hit the jumps first, because I’m the first one strapped in to my bindings. In my eyes that’s winning. 

Have any of you been to Europe this winter? We would love to see your photos and edits. Engage with us on Social Media. Post the videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Flow Snowboarding Sarka Pancochova’s Shark Tales Film Teaser

Check out this teaser from the upcoming project from Flow Snowboarding team athlete Sarka Pancochova entitled Shark Tales. Shark Tales is a collection of people, places and things experienced through Pancochova’s travels. Colorado has been her adopted home for the past 5 years and she is now stepping away from the park and contest scene to check out what the other side of snowboarding has to offer. Luckily Colorado has been one of the few places in the country getting snow this year. Here are a few outtakes from last week’s film adventure.

Watch the teaser for the film project Tales from the East that Flow Snowboarding team athletes Celia MillerSarka Pancochova are piecing together yet? You can watch the trailer by clicking the link: HERE.

Have any of you been filming in Colorado this winter? We would love to see your footage. Engage with us on Social Media. Post the videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Sarka Pancochova GoPro Epic Head Mount Video

Take a few laps through the park with Flow Snowboarding team athlete Sarka Pancochova in this brief selfie park video edit she put together. Pancochova shot this mini shred edit with her GoPro Hero 4 using a helmet mount from Epic.

For more information on Epic mounts check out their website at www.epicmnts.com

Have you seen the teaser for the film project Tales from the East that Flow Snowboarding team athletes Celia MillerSarka Pancochova are piecing together yet? You can watch the trailer by clicking the link: HERE.

Do you have any sweet GoPro video edits? We would love to see them. Engage with us on Social Media. Post the videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Flow Snowboarding 2014-15 Boots Overview

This is a Flow Snowboarding boots overview, highlighting the key technologies and features of the 2014 / 2015 Flow boot line.

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Flow Snowboarding 2014-15 Snowboard Overview

This is a Flow Snowboarding snowboard overview, highlighting the key technologies and features of the 2014 / 2015 Flow snowboard line.

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Flow Snowboarding wants to know what model Flow snowboard you are rocking. Era? Darwin? Maverick? BlackOut? Jewel? Micron Stomper? Post your photos of you riding your Flow gear. Engage with us on Social Media, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Flow Snowboarding 2014-15 Binding Overview

This is a Flow Snowboarding binding overview, highlighting the key technologies and features of the 2014 / 2015 Flow binding line.

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Celia Miller & Sarka Pancochova in Tales from the East – Exploring Mount Uludag

Turkey. When you talk about this country, snowboarding is definitely not the first thing which comes to your mind. That is why a media crew and the four snowboard pro riders Sarka Pancochova, Celia Miller, Tim Kevin Ravnjak & Billy Morgan, made their way to Uludag, where the first professional Turkish Snowpark was built; QPark Uludag. Get excited what the crew experienced during the trip in Turkey. The full travel story will be dropping Fall 2015, but for now here’s the teaser trailer.

For more information about this project and the whole week check out www.metrikparks.com and www.qparks.com

Flow Snowboarding team athletes Celia MillerSarka Pancochova are on the constant search for snow and adventure. In the case of this project, they are experiencing the road less traveled. Where is the furthest you have traveled to go snowboarding? We at Flow want to know. Engage with us on Social Media, tag us and use the hashtags #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Flow February Snowboard Giveaway: Win A Darwin ABT Snowboard

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Flow Snowboarding is Giving Away A Darwin ABT Snowboard
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Continuing with their monthly snowboard giveaway, Flow Snowboarding is giving away a Darwin ABT snowboard this month. The winner will be selected on February 28th. In order to enter the contest, please use the link found in the header in the blog section of Flow.com or the application located on Flow Snowboarding’s Facebook page. The Darwin ABT snowboard is the quiver filling powder board of choice for Mike Basich, Shin Biyajima and all the Flow team athletes looking to float the powder.

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Never deep or steep enough and it carves like a knife. This quiver filler was designed in collaboration between Dale Rehberg and Basich, Not just a powder hungry bandit, it actually works incredibly well on hard pack as well. The directional shape with its swallowtail and 2 piece ABT was designed around the camber and side-cut to give us “The sickest snowboard ever made.” Lose yourself in the tranquility of the wood veneer top-sheet, zenned out graphics and bamboo sidewalls or take it for a spin to see for yourself. An inspirational board from tip to tail is what we set out to build, and now we have it.

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7 Questions With Sarka Pancochova

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Sarka Pančochová has been travelling all over the globe this winter. We had the opportunity to catch up with Pancochova this week to see how her winter travels and snowboarding have been going.

How has the start to your winter been and where have you been riding?

I went all over the place. November was little bit early for my knee to start riding. Instead I went to California… surfed and went rock climbing. I spent most of December in Breckenridge, CO getting my feet back. It has been going pretty great so far.

Breck. Nice. Who have you been riding with up there?

Mostly with my roommates Celia Miller and Sandra Hillen. Also Cheryl Maas came to visit and we took some fun runs.

What kind of training and rehab were you doing for your knee in order to get back to competing?

I have been biking, surfing, rock climbing and also going to gym a lot. Mostly balance exercises. It’s going pretty great. I’m slowly coming back to feel like myself on my board again.

You were in Kreischberg, Austria for the FIS World Championships, right?

The course was really slushy and then got super icy. I ended up pulling out. I needed more time to get back and get my tricks together. I wanna be 100% killing it when I compete.

What’s next on the agenda? Where are you planning on travelling to or riding?

X Games, the European Open and US open. I am going to Turkey ride some pow in February. I am also planning on going to Mt. Baker for the Banked Slalom. A lot of powder riding and filming this year. I can’t wait.

Are there any other events or film shoots of note you want to mention?

I am trying to work on my own thing. Film little bit this year and see what happens. I want to include all my friends and have lot of fun.

You have joined Protect Our Winters project. What would you like to say about your work with POW?

I always feel like I need to do more for the environment. The snowboarding I do is not the most clean sport so I try to make up for it everywhere else. Protect Our Winters is great way to get people involved and educate about how they can help.

Have you had a chance to check out the Sarka Pančochová film BOB’s On Tour (CLICK HERE) or her Winter 2013-14 edit (CLICK HERE)? Pancochova is up in Colorado for X Games and the rest of the Flow Snowboardinlg crew is headed to Colorado too for SIA in Denver. If you are going to be at SIA , swing by and say hey. Let us know via social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and #FindYourFlow

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