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Probably one of the most elite youth snowboarding programs in the world, Project Gold provides America’s best snowboarders with the opportunity to come together and train with the world’s best coaches. Project Gold is lead by U.S. Snowboarding’s Spencer Tablyn and is aimed to nurture and train the future talents of the winter sports. Project Gold targets America’s top youth athletes from age 13-18 with the events of boardercross, alpine snowboarding, and halfpipe. Continue reading →
COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado — At the 2014 USASA Nationals, Flow rider Julianne O’neill (maiden name Brackett) took 1st in Women’s class slopestyle and 2nd in Women’s Boardercross. The young woman was on fire the whole event and was easily the stand out in the Women’s class. Riding her Flow Jewel, Julianne rose above the rest of the competition in slopestyle. “The event was perfect!”, exclaimed O’Neill, “All the girls were cheering each other on, and each one of us put our best run down. It was good competition. I was so happy with how I performed”. However, the talented Californian was not content with just one podium. Julianne came right back with a solid 2nd place finish in boardercross. “The boardercross was so intense! It was the most fun! My heart pounds so fast when all of us girls are rubbing elbows. Huge thanks to Adam Neil and the ASC team for helping tune my jib board! I rode my Flow Jewel in slope and boardercross, it might be my favorite board that Flow has!”. Continue reading →
Kids are awesome. They say & do funny things, have crazy stories, and they’re just all-around cute. They’re even more awesome when they rip at snowboarding. Flow has a crop of talented Microns that are starting to blow up within the snowboarding world. This article is to inform you about snowboardings next generation of shredders. Nationals is at the end of March, and Flow is unleashing it’s Microns to wreak havoc at the event. Learn about them here!
When & Where are Nationals?
The Flow Microns have their eyes on the prize
This year’s USASA Nationals will be held at Copper Mountain, Colorado from March 29 through April 4. The Nation best young snowboarders will be competing for the title of the Nation’s Champ. This year is especially important because it is USASA’s 25 Year Anniversary. These Microns will be going all out for their chance at the title.
What Should I expect?
Absolute Micron Madness. Flow’s crew of next generation snowboarders are on point and ready for this contest. They will face the Nations best and see how their skills match up. The level of talent that these kids display rises each and every year. Expect to be amazed.
Who Should I be looking out for?
Flow is coming in hot with 9 Microns and Amateurs in the event. They range from mini microns to young adults. Here is the list:
* Benny Milam
* Kaiya Quintieri
* Sophia Capua (See Sophia’s Video HERE)
* Lydia Silber
* Freddy Silber
* Nathan Jacobson
* Chris DePaula (See his Video HERE)
* Caleb Bonneville
* Cyrus Mongeson (See his Video HERE)
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Sarka Pancochova hails from the Czech-Republic and is a world class snowboarder. She will be representing her home country in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Flow caught up with Sarka to gauge her feelings about the event and also about snowboarding in general.
2x Winter Olympian
First Vancouver and now Sochi, Sarka is beginning to hit full stride within her snowboarding career. Making the Czech-Republic snowboarding team two times in a row is quite the accomplishment. Sarka is excited about heading into her second consecutive winter Olympics. “I’m very happy! Honestly, I don’t really know what to expect. I just want to land my run. That’s all I want”. Sarka is keeping it as simple as possible heading into Sochi. She believes that by focusing on snowboarding, everything else will fall into place. “All that I can do is my run, I can’t control external factors”, explained Pancochova.
The Winter Olympics can place a lot of pressure on snowboarders, regardless of how many times they have gone. Sarka believes that she is not just snowboarding for herself, but for her entire country. “It’s cool. My country supports me a lot. So it’s nice to give back”. While the pressure can crack many other athletes, Sarka looks at the Winter Olympics through a different lens. She looks at Sochi as an opportunity to give back to her country and a way to experience all that Sochi has to offer, not just the event. “I went there last year and the terrain is pretty much insane. I’m excited to ride some pow. It will be good times for sure!”. Sarka is planning on using the backcountry to relax her mind and be a distraction from the pressure and stress of the event. It is this positive outlook that Sarka is hoping to assist her throughout the Winter Olympics.
Snowboarding: A Lifestyle
Sarka did not start snowboarding to one day become an Olympic athlete. She simply did it because it was a release of creativity and self-expression. People don’t start snowboarding with the sole purpose of competing, they do it because it’s fun. “ It’s my everyday life and excitement. It’s fun to learn new tricks and do good at competition, but it’s more important to be happy with what I am doing. I have so many friends all over the world and have been almost everywhere. I can deal pretty much with any kind of situation. I love that part of snowboarding. Exploring.” Snowboarding has given Sarka the opportunity to travel the world and develop life-long relationships with people from all different cultures. She knows how important competition is to her career, but she still loves the roots of snowboarding. “I like going to contest and challenging myself. But back country will always be number one for me”, Pancochova explained. Sarka believes that this balance between competition and free-riding is key for her career and overall happiness in life.
“It’s not about where you’re at, but how much you can enjoy what you’re doing” -Sarka Pancochova
Check Out Sarka and Celia Miller enjoying what they’re doing
This week the Dutch championships where held in Laax Suisse. There where supposed to be 3 events for our riders: Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Big Air. Due to bad wheather the halfpipe competition got cancelled, there where rocks allover the pipe. For the 2 events that where left we had Flow Riders in every age category: Joey van de Noort, Youth Men (upto 12), Ziggey van Bouwhorst and Daniel Thio, Rookie (13-15), Jazzley van Bouwhorst and Jeremy Boshuizen, Junior Men (16-18) and in the Open Categorie Rocco van Straten and Aston Egelmeers.
And they all did great resulting in some exciting results:
Two kids became DUTCH CHAMPS in both of the events:
Joey van de Noort and Daniel Thio!!!! Well done and keep it up, they will hunt for you guys!!!!!!!!
But there was more Jeremy Boshuizen did great with 2 podium finishes, 2nd in slopestyle and 3rd in Big Air, whilst beiing the youngest kid in his category.
Ziggey finished on the podium in the Big Air becoming 3rd ,NICE!
In the open category Rocco had a tough time after he had just finished his 2 month recovery after his injury. Aston did good he finished just short of the podium in Slopestyle (4th place) and a 6th place finish in the Big Air. Well done for a first time competing in this open category.
This Saturday the Microns will compete in the Final event of the Chill and Destroy tour. Have fun there!