Cees Wille On Going To California

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Cees Wille was raised in "the fridges" of Holland. Photo by Jascha vd Wijden

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Cees Wille of Holland packed up all of his snowboarding gear and headed west… really far west. All the way out to California. Wille has been here in the states since December. He traveled down to San Diego and bought a used beater Chevy Blazer to get around and up the hill. After growing up riding in the indoor slopes, the real mountains have him jazzed. Wille is receiving a great lesson in American life and culture with his travels to Bear Mountain and navigating around the concrete jungles. Flow had a chance to sit down with Wille covering what brought him all the way to California.

How did you get into snowboarding living in the Netherlands?

I live right next to the coast of Holland in a small farmer town called Monster. When I was younger I had a balance problem so every week I had physio for that. Then my mom thought snowboarding would be a fun and good balance practice. 

What is the “fridge scene” or indoor slopes like out in Europe? 

There are not that many in Europe… but there are like 7 in Holland, some in Germany, UK, Belgium and couple in Scandinavia, one in Lithuania. But I think best would probably be Snowworld in Zoetermeer (Sweet Lake). I’m shaping the park there in the summer.

What triggered your visit to the US these past few months?

I visited the states in 2009 filming for Jimmy Films road tripping around California and I liked it so much. And now my school Johan Cruyff College in Amsterdam gave me the opportunity to go up here so I took this chance. I bought a season pass at Bear Mountain and I will see where I end up. Going with the Flow.

Where have you been riding so far, where else are you planning on riding while you are here?

I have been riding Bear Mountain and Snow Summit so far. But I have some European friends in Minnesota, so I’m thinking of going up there. Really want to get some street shots.

Flow Global Ambassador Bas Elhorst introduced you to the Flow team. Could you briefly go over your trip out to meet Bas Elhorst? 

I was filming a street part for like 2 years for this Benelux movie production called Private-Intel. The owners Joeri vd Vliet and David Doom introduced me to the Alberg local Dutchie, Bas Elhorst. I went to Austria… but I didn’t bring a jacket with me, because I don’t like jackets. But that didn’t really work out. I was watching Bas doing his gnarly backcountry stuff during the day and at night we still charged out to do street riding.

What is your current setup?

My setup is a Flow Chill snowboard. It’s a pretty chill all-round board. Not to stiff and not to weak. The bindings are choice, I really like the NX2′s. They are pretty stiff but it gives you direct response. I ride the Chill so I can do everything with it. I also ride the Fuse-FB bindings indoors. But for street missions I prefer the NX2′s.

Do you listen to music when you ride? If so, what is typically on your playlist?

Most of the time I ride with music but nothing typical. I listen to every kind there is. From Celine Dion to Lady Hawke to A$AP to Gigi D’agostino… Hahaha.

What have been some of your favorite places to travel to for snowboarding?

Definitely Helsinki. I’ve been there a lot of times for hitting street rails. This one season we drove up like 3 times. It’s a 26 hour drive to get there. It’s super beautiful with old towns and stuff. It’s always a sure bet for snow.

What are some of your favorite places to travel to not related to snowboarding?

I actually spend all my money on snowboard trips.

What are some of your other passions and hobbies when you are not snowboarding?

I really like old cars! I used to have this 1971 Citroën 2cv. I named it “Lelijke Eend’ (Ugly Duck) but it was so sick to drive! I drove all the way down to Spain with it. Now I got this Chevy G20 I bought pretty cheap. I have been fixing stuff on it to go on urban rail trips with the Postland Theory homie’s to Italy, France, Swiss, Austria, Scandinavia etc. Whereever the snow is.

You were featured in the film Connect the Dots… could you talk a little about your experience filming for this movie?

Feels so good man! It started up as a Dutch movie a couple of years ago but now it get’s more and more international with really super sick riders! As other dutchies Kas, Bob, Jesse and Roel and German Davo S. and B. Urban, UK’s finest thrill Smith and Ollie D, Finish Toni Kerkela, Norwegian Young Neezy and the Real Lenn J, Swissy Jeron Lehner, Austrian Domdom. I really like this crew! Big up to Tim.

Do you have any events or film shoots coming up that we should be looking out for?

I want to fully focus on filming street from middle of February till the end of winter to get a decent part with the Postland Theory guys, so follow those guy’s and see what we are up to. Last season I got injured at the beginning of the season, so I couldn’t start riding until end of February.

Any advice to younger riders looking to get sponsored?

Not really… just go out there! Enjoy! Make friends. Appreciate the things you can do.

Anything else you would like to say to the Flow Snowboarding family?

Go with the Flow.

Cees Wille

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Flow Snowboarding: Era Snowboard Giveaway

Flow Snowboarding Tim Humphreys Era Snowboard Contest

Flow Snowboarding is Giving Away An Era Snowboard
SAN CLEMENTE, CA, January 13th, 2015- Flow Snowboarding

Flow Snowboarding is giving away an Era snowboard this month, with the winner being selected on January 31st. In order to enter the contest, please use the application located on Flow Snowboarding’s Facebook page or the links below. The Era snowboard is the board of choice for freestyle riders like Tim Humphreys, Drayden Gardner, Nathan Jacobson and Dru Williams. A true twin, true hybrid rocker for all things fun.

A classic already, the Era is an all-mountain dream board that handles freestyle to pow to groomers. Soft, responsive, agile and just plain fun; the Era is nothing short of perfect. A true twin shape with our I-Rock Hybrid rocker makes pressing a pleasure popping off hits has never been so fun. The sintered base will allow you to hold your speed and the 3-DT sidecut will be your wingman on any run. This is one of Flow’s best boards to date.

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Flow Snowboarding’s Jed Sky Featured in December’s Loon Mountain edit Loon EveryMonth

Rider: Jed Sky Photo: Greg Furey Resort: Waterville Valley Parks

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Jed Sky was featured in Loon Mountain’s December edit for their Loon EveryMonth series. Sky, along side Eugene Stancato, Dennis Filteau and others take to the parks for an all-out freestyle assault filmed December 2014.

Jed Sky also recently took 2nd place and best trick at the TransAm competition at Waterville Valley. Flow Snowboarding team athletes have been winning podium spots this season. Max Zipser placed 3rd in Line of the Year. Up in Tahoe, Flow athletes Drayden Gardner and Caleb Bonneville won 1st and 5th respectively at Boreal Mountain’s Volcom’s Peanut Butter & Rail Jam. Have you been heading to the resorts to check out the freestyle competitions Share with us your clips, photos and video edits on social media. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding & #FindYourFlow

Drayden Gardner Wins 1st in Volcom’s Peanut Butter & Rail Jam

Flow Snowboarding team athletes Drayden Gardner and Caleb Bonneville competed in Volcom’s Peanut Butter & Rail Jam that was held in Lake Tahoe at Boreal Mountain over this past weekend. The two Flow Microns landed 1st and 5th place respectively in the 15 and under group.

Over the course of 2015 Volcom’s Peanut Butter And Rail Jam (PBRJ) contest series will travel North America to find the very best in amateur snowboarding talent. The 15 year strong series will qualify the top 5 competitors in each of its four divisions to compete in the $15,000 PBRJ Global Championships at Mammoth Mountain on April 18, 2015. For their efforts, these competitors will ride for tons of prizes, cash, invites to the global event, and the prestige of top honors against their peers. This event encourages community involvement while promoting the incredible talent today’s youth possesses. During the PBRJ event, competitors are judged on the tricks they land, not on their bails, on three separate rail/box features. There are 4 divisions: 15 & Under, 16 – 21, Girls, and Open/AM that are sure to keep everyone on the edge of their seats from beginning to end.

The Peanut Butter And Rail Jam is one of three contest series that make up Volcom’s venerable ‘Let the Kids Ride Free’ (LTKRF) grassroots movement. Volcom’s LTKRF regional and global events are designed to enable the youth to gain contest experience, have a good time, win free prizes/cash, and showcase their talents at a local, national, and worldwide level.

Flow Snowboarding wants to remind you to congratulate Drayden Gardner and Calbe Bonneville for a great Volcom’s PBRJ. Send you congratulations to these tow via social media. Share with us your clips, photos and video edits on social as well. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding & #FindYourFlow

Flow Snowboarding Yannick Imboden In Olympiks By Rad Movie Production

Olympiks from Rad Movie Production on Vimeo.

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Yannick Imboden from Switzerland is in the latest Rad Movie Production full movie Olympiks. Imboden, along with Markus Stoffel, Yannick Imboden, Roberto Zumstein, Valentin Zimmermann, William Arnold, Jonas Zbinden, Matthias Schwestermann, Tim Basler, and Ariana Bellwald round up the cast of talented riders. Olympiks was cut by Janis Perren. Yannick Imboden’s part starts at minute 23:48

The movie is an all mountain movie. It shows full-action freeriding, backcountry kickers and jibbing sequences. Most of the material was filmed in the South of Switzerland. Rad Movie Production is a grass roots film production company.

Have any of you had a chance to ride in Switzerland? Flow Snowboarding wants to see you photos. Connect with us via Social Media and share your photos and you could win Photo of the Month and win some Flow Snowboarding prizes. Please use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and #FindYourFlow

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Tim Humphreys Versus United Airlines On Twitter

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Tim Humphreys was having a travel hiccup using United Airlines yesterday and decided to contact them on the phone. Most of us have all been there. On the phone for an unknown length of time, trying to get your travel arrangements squared away. The music comes on… you sway to it, even though you hate the melody. Something has to be done about bad hold music. Humphreys was over the music, for sure. He felt United needed a lesson on automated phone etiquette.

After being on hold a while (it happens…) and having to deal with the selection of on hold music, Humphreys decided to have a little fun with United Airlines on Twitter. You can follow Tim Humphreys on his twitter at @TimJumphreys

Humphreys started the conversation with:

@TimJumphreys@United your phone hold music makes me want to stab my ears with steak knives. The crackling, the extra high pitch, the volume changing…

@United@TimJumphreys We don’t like the sound of this. Is there something we can assist you with today? Thanks. ^EY

@TimJumphreys@United new hold music that doesn’t hurt to listen to would be pretty awesome!

After Humphreys last tweet to United, it took another 45 minutes or so on hold to speak with someone. While he was waiting, a few fans decided to weigh in on his situation. United finally responded on Twitter to Humphrey’s heckle close to 10 hours later.

Travelling can be a trying experience at times. Have you read the blog on planning a snowboarding trip? You can read it: HERE 

Flow Snowboarding would like to say that the choice of hold music on the phone in no way reflects the service that United, American, Jet Blue, Frontier, Southwest, Alaskan, Star Tours, Virgin, Easy Jet, Malaysian Airlines… (or any airline) provides when getting us to the mountains we love to ride. Without them, we would be driving a lot more.

What is your favorite airline to use when travelling? Any more travel tips you would like to share with us here at Flow Snowboarding? Connect with us via Social Media and let us know. Please use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and #FindYourFlow

Top 10 Ski Resort Base Depths For 2015

Photo: Randy Villarba Location: Mammoth Mountain, CA (No where close to the top 10 for snow base depth)

Flow Snowboarding hopes you had a great holiday full of riding and good times with your loved ones. It is 2015! Where did the year go? A new year and there is a lot of snow, new resorts on our top 10 list, which means new resorts to discover this season. Here are the top 10 reported snow base depths for ski resorts in North America (as of 1/6/15).

10. Mount Bachelor
Mount Bachelor starts our top ten and is reporting a 46″-74″ base depth at resort level. Mount Bachelor is located in central Oregon, approximately 22 miles (35 km) west of Bend, along the Century Drive Highway. The ski runs are on the northern face of Mount Bachelor, a stratovolcano built atop a volcanic shield in the Cascade Range. It is the largest ski resort (by area) by more than 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) in Oregon, the second largest single-mountain ski resort in the U.S. (behind Vail) and the sixth largest of all ski resorts in the nation. Mount Bachelor offers one of the nation’s longest ski seasons, mid-November through the end of May (weather permitting)

Mount Bachelor
13000 SW Century Drive
Bend, Oregon 97702

9. Wild Mountain
Wild Mountain is reporting a 24″-75″ base depth. Wild Mountain is located in Amador Township, Chisago County, near Taylors Falls, Minnesota. It features 26 runs, including 4 terrain parks, which include jumps, rails, boxes, quarter-pipes and half-pipes, which are both man made and natural. The site is also the first ski and snowboard resort in the Midwest to open every year. Wild Mountain is located one hour northeast of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. It is located 7 miles north of Taylors Falls. From North Branch you can take interstate 35. The resort lies on the eastern bank of the scenic St. Croix River and has many tall bluffs and hills next to its shores, some being 300–400 feet tall.

Wild Mountain
37200 Wild Mountain Rd
Taylors Falls, Minnesota
(651) 465-6315

8. Sun Valley
Idaho’s Sun Valley with 46″-75″ base depth reported. Opened to the public for the winter of 1936, Sun Valley is a unique combination of old-world European styling mixed with a wild-west heritage. Sun Valley is situated across two mountains; Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Baldy offers expert skiers and snowboarders a variety of challenging bowls and glades off the peak, while Dollar Mountain is a beginner’s dream with gentle, perfectly groomed slopes. Sun Valley is serviced by a modern lift infrastructure and a well designed trail system. The resort has terrain for all ability levels and has over 2000 skiable acres.

Sun Valley
1 Sun Valley Road
Sun Valley, Idaho 83353
(800) 786-8259

7. Pomerelle Mountain
At five, Pomerelle Mountain in Idaho is reporting a base depth of 67″-75″ at resort level. Nestled in the Sawtooth National Forest, the Base Lodge (located at 8,000 feet), is just a 12 mile drive from the community of Albion, Idaho. Catering specifically to families enjoying and learning to snowboard or ski, this southern Idaho resort features 24 expertly groomed slopes, 2 terrain parks, and a vertical drop of 1,000 feet serviced by 1 triple chair, 1 double chair and the 450’ Magic Carpet beginners lift. With an annual snowfall of 500”, it is usually one of the first Idaho ski resorts to open.

Pomerelle Mountain
961 E Howell Canyon Road
Albion, ID 83311
(208) 673-5599

6. Silverton Mountain
Silverton Mountain just missed the top five, reporting a 40″-79″ base. Avalanche gear is required to ride the lift at all times due to the unpatrolled and ungroomed nature of Silverton. In addition to Silverton Mountain’s 1,819 acres of lift accessed skiing, Silverton also serves as a base area for over 22,000 acres of helicopter accessed skiing.

Silverton Mountain Resort
6226 County Road 110
Silverton, CO 81433

5. Mont Sainte Anne
Mont Sainte Anne gets the silver medal for snow base depths at 80″ at upper resort level. is a year-round mountain destination located within the Laurentian mountain chain about 40km northeast of Quebec City. The ski resort is known for providing guest with seven lifts, 2050 vertical feet of spectacular scenery, long groomed trails and family friendly activities. The ski area contains a wide mix of terrain that ranges beginner to advanced.

Mont Sainte Anne
2000 Boulevard du Beau Pré
Beaupré, QC G0A 1E0

4. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
At a base depth of 61″-84″ of snow up in Idaho, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort gets the Bronze. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is a family friendly atmosphere for winter enthusiasts of all ages. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is a 30 minute drive northeast from Idaho Falls. Founded in 1957, the resort has been described by accomplished snowboarders and skiers as the perfect place to learn to snowboard and ski. With 640 skiable acres, 52 runs, 4 double chairs and 1 surface lift, Kelly Canyon Ski Resort offers terrain suited for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort is well known for its night skiing, with most of the hill lit for a unique winter experience.

Kelly Canyon Ski Resort
5488 Kelly Canyon Road
Ririe, Idaho 83443
(208) 538-6251

3. Grand Targhee Resort
Sitting at second, Grand Targhee Resort is reporting 75″ – 86″ at resort level. Grand Targhee is a year round mountain resort situated on the western slope of the Tetons in Alta, Wyoming, accessible only through Teton Valley, Idaho. Located in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, typically they stack up more than 500 inches of snow annually. The lack of lift lines creates a wide open snowboarder and skier paradise. Five lifts access a total acreage of 2602 acres with a vertical drop of 2270 feet.

Grand Targhee Resort
3300 Ski Hill Road
Alta, WY 83414

2. Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole gets a silver medal for North America ski resorts snow base, currently reporting a base depth of up to 27″-88″ at the upper resort level. Access to the mountain starts at Teton Village, Wyoming, which is 12 miles northwest of the town of Jackson on Highway 390 via Highway 22. Only a 40 minute drive from Jackson Airport with non-stop service from 13 cities. The resort terrain covers two mountains; Apres Vous and Rendezvous with 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain and a vertical drop of 4,139 feet. Base elevation sits at 6,311 feet/1924 meters with the summit elevation reaching 10,450 feet/3185 meters. There is also an open backcountry gate system which accesses over 3000+ acres. Of course there is the iconic 100 passenger aerial tram, one eight pax high speed gondola, three detachable quad chairlifts, four fixed grip quad chairlifts, two double chairlift, one fixed grip triple chairlift and one magic carpet.

Jackson Hole
3395 Cody Lane
Teton Village, Wyoming 83025

1. Massif du Sud
Reporting a base of 98″-103″ the top ski resort for base dept in North America goes to Canada’s Massif du Sud. Massif du Sud is a ski mountain about 90 km southeast of Quebec City, Canada. It is part of the park of the same name, the Parc du Massif du Sud. The Massif du Sud is located between the village of Saint-Damien-de-Buckland and the village of Saint-Philémon in Bellechasse, Québec, Canada. Often confounded with Le Massif, the Massif du Sud is renowned for its natural snow and its glades. Although it is the highest ski mountain in the Quebec City region, it doesn’t boast the biggest vertical because of its base already at 515 meters.

Massif du Sud
1989 Route du Massif-du-Sud
St-Philémon, QC G0R 4A0

Quebec vaulted two resorts to the top ten with Massif du Sud and Mont Sainte Anne putting Canada on the map with an exclamation point. There is still plenty of winter left for other resorts to catch up, or even for these resorts to receive even better conditions.

If any of you have any photos of you rocking your Flow gear, or even shots of the mountain and conditions, please 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

Jay Gretzinger in Wildlife Season Two: The Movie

You have to watch the new movie from Nuulife Cinema featuring Flow Snowboarding Global Ambassador Jay Gretzinger, WILDLIFE Season Two: The Movie. The film was directed by David Craig and John Swystun of Nuulife Cinema and produced by Eva Abramycheva.

WILDLIFE Season Two: The Movie from NuuLife Cinema on Vimeo.

Have you had a chance to read our interview with Flow Snowboarding Global Ambassador Jay Gretzinger yet? Read the Flow Snowboarding blog about Gretzinger living in the meccas of backcountry. (HERE)

What did you think of the new Nuulife Cinema movie Wildlife Season Two? Flow Snowboarding wants to know what you think. Let us know on social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and tag us at Flow.

You can also enter your photos to Flow Snowboarding’s January Photo of the Month contest: CLICK HERE

Forbes Releases Top 10 Resorts in North America

Flow Snowboarding Tim Humphreys Mammoth Mountain

Flow team athlete Tim Humphreys riding Mammoth Mountain's Unbound Park

Flow Snowboarding wants to take a look at what Forbes recently released as what they considered to be the Top 10 resorts in North America. The resorts you would expect to be on this list made it, with a few pleasant surprises. Did your favorite resort make the list?

10. Mammoth Mountain, California 

9. Grand Targhee, Wyoming

8. Telluride, Colorado

7. Vail, Colorado

6. Revelstoke, Canada

5. Alyeska Resort, Alaska

4. Snowbird, Utah

3. Whistler Blackcomb, Canada 

2. Alta, Utah

1. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming

Do you agree with Forbes top ten list of ski resorts? The word “ski” being predominant as Alta makes the list yet again. As snowboarders, most of us have only heard about Alta from our planker counterparts or past lives as skiers. Alta sits there in the top three teasing us snowboarders every year. Eventually something has to be done about those snowboarderacists at Alta… right? Do you think that us snowboarders will ever get a chance to ride Alta? Flow Snowboarding wants to know what you think.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and tag us.

You can also enter your photos to Flow Snowboarding’s January Photo of the Month contest: CLICK HERE

Prodaptive Develops The Twinrider For Paraplegic Snowboarding

Early Prodaptive Twinrider models utilized Flow Snowboarding’s binding straps.

Prodaptive, which specializes in tools for adaptive extreme sports recently developed their Twinrider, for paraplegics. It is the world’s first sit-down snowboard rig that allows independent riding, a true board sports sideways stance and full control over snowboard performance in both carving and skidding turns on the hill. Prodaptive’s mission is to facilitate people in exploring and expanding their boundaries in snow sports. Prodaptive started developing adaptive snow sports gear two years ago. They work alongside universities, athletes, coaches and sports organizations in order to develop their technologies. Prodaptive also provides lessons and coaching in adaptive snowboarding.

The Twinrider is a sit down snowboard, beginner model and is easily tweakable to fit and balance many users. It is meant for the adaptive snowboard progression, from the very basics, to riding green and mellow blue runs. The handlebars are well suited for dual riding with an instructor. Early models utilized Flow Snowboarding bindings strap technology. See the video below for how the edge-to-edge weight transfer system works (video featuring an older prototype):

Prodaptive is a startup company, working very hard to bring Twinrider and this innovation to the market. Prodaptive founders love to ride, and are super stoked to have created this technology that allows even more people to join the sport of snowboarding.

“Our DNA is not just creation for- but very much creation by the people,” Prodaptive states on their website. “Twinrider was developed by a team of both able-bodied and people with a disability, sit-snowboarders and sit-skiers, instructors, adaptive coaches and engineering students.”

“We’re not a charity nor are we looking to be, we’re just looking to sell Twinrider rigs and spread the knowledge and skills through clinics and demos while making a sustainable living out of that. Additional profits will off course go to further R&D towards advanced/expert rigs for ParaSBX racing, freeriding and park.”

“Please support our efforts and spread the word. If you know of any adaptive program, snow school, or individual that would be interested in a free demo, a full day lesson/instructor training (at a small cost) or buying the Twinrider rig let them know about us!”

Have you or anyone you know been involved with disabled mountain sports on your local mountains? Many resorts run various programs in order to help keep snow sports accessible to everyone. What do you think of Prodaptive’s Twinrider? Let us know 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