Flow riders and twin brothers Erik and Jon Overson first hit the slopes when their father first pushed them down the hill at three years old. They tried skiing a couple times but it never stuck. The Oversons were born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but grew up on the other side of the river in Hudson, Wisconsin until they graduated high school. The Oversons first started riding for Flow when they were both twelve.
They were first spotted by Don, the owner of the local board shop The FL Project. Don hooked them up with Flow Snowboarding, and they have been riding Flow ever since. As they grew up snowboarding, their riding was largely influenced by Mike Casanova, Ethan Diess, and all of the OG FL Project team guys. Now the Oversons are coming into their own and finding their flow.
Erik and Jon currently call Salt Lake City, Utah home. After a typical day on the hill at Brighton, you can easily catch these guys grabbing a burrito at Hector’s in SLC. Flow had a chance to track down both Erik and Jon Overson, to discuss everything from this past winter, how their summer went, and even when they first started sliding down the snow.
What is your current snowboard setup?
Jon: I always use the Hylite Focus boots and the Fuse SE bindings. When it comes to decks, depending on the day and the conditions, you’ll see me riding the 149 Verve, 153 Chill, or the 153 Darwin.
What would you consider your home mountain to be?
Erik: Growing up it was always Trollhaugen. Last couple years of high school we met Aidan Flanagan and the Kirbys and started riding Hyland Hills in Minnesota. Now we ride Brighton, Utah. We consider all of those to be our home mountains.
Do you guys have a sibling rivalry re: each other’s progression on the snow?
Erik: I wouldn’t call it a rivalry, but being a twin definitely helps with the progression. We do a lot of the same tricks, and a lot of different ones, and we definitely like having our own style.
Tell us a little bit more about the Overson Edits over the last year at Brighton and Park City? Are there any other edits to come out from these sessions?
Erik: Mark Liscak, the old Team Manager at Flow Snowboarding gave us great advice to sell ourselves, kind of like how Tim Humphreys does with Go Pro. We came up with the idea and had our buddy Seamus film and edit them. The original plan was to make one for each part of the season (preseason, mid, and late season) but I ended up dislocating my shoulder after the second one. But Seamus did an amazing job on them and I hope we can do more in the future. Those were some of the best days last season.
What is one trick you know you are better at than your brother?
Erik: Backside Rodeos. I guess I’ve always been told I have a nice, non-jock style backside rodeo.
Jon: On Erik, I have the “turbo flip” which is also called the rip flip. This is literally a board slide to nollie front flip out of a rail/ tube feature.
Erik: I’ve tried to learn that damn turbo flip, but I don’t think that will ever happen.
Any advice to riders looking to get noticed by sponsors or Snowboarding companies?
Erik: Your local shop definitely knows best. It seems like a lot of kids nowadays are more focused on getting the sponsors than actually doing the boarding. I think the best progression comes from riding with your friends. If you do it for the fun, and end up getting pretty good, you’ll get noticed. Take all the young guns at Trollhaugen now for example. Haha… most of those kids are better than me.
Where was your favorite place to travel re: Snowboarding?
Erik: Now that I live in Utah, I love going back home to the Midwest. We also take a birthday trip to Mammoth’s opening weekend every year, and that’s always a good time.
Where was your favorite place to travel not related to snowboarding?
Erik: Costa Rica to surf. We did that for a couple weeks ago last winter and are planning on going back this year. Can’t wait.
Where are you looking forward to riding this coming winter?
Erik: I haven’t made any big travel plans yet, but definitely Brighton and maybe some pow days at Snowbird.
What activities and hobbies over the summer have you been doing to keep in riding shape?
Erik: Jon and I were Windells campers for a couple years when we were young. Then, Flow had a signature session which allowed us to be the featured riders of the week. We ran a lot of the off hill activities and ended up meeting the Head Counselor, Cody Lee. The next year we applied and got the job.
Jon: Yup, I’ve spent the last nine summers of my life up at Mount Hood. Most of which were as a camper, then as a guest rider and eventually a counselor.
Erik: Hood is pretty darn perfect. In good health, I work at Windells and get to snowboard all year round. I also love to surf, but I suck at it. Other than that, riding my road bike, playing soccer, and skateboarding. Just bought a 1974 Honda CB200 motorcycle too, so that’s gonna take up a lot of my time.
What are your plans for what’s left of the summer, before the snow falls?
Back in school now at the University of Utah. Loading up on credits so I can take an easy load this winter.
Is there anything else you would like to say to Flow Snowboarding supporters and customers?
Erik: We all know Flow, (bindings especially) have gotten some hate over the years, and I find it kind of ironic. A lot of the haters are the same guys preaching that snowboarding is all about fun. To me, flow’s bindings are just a different (faster) way to attach boarders to their snowboards. Their products keep getting better and better, and they’ve supported Jon and I since the beginning. For that, I’m glad to be working with such a sick, original, snowboarding company.
Erik has found himself back on a more traditional Pop-Cam camber to his board by riding the White Out, while his brother Jon has been rocking the Chill & Verve with the I-Rock and EZ-Rock profile. What style of camber and profile are you riding nowadays? Is it the same camber for freeriding as it is for freestyling? We want to know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.