Wie Gehtz Philipp Kundratitz?

Wie gehtz Philipp Kundratitz? Okay, so you don’t speak German? “Wie gehtz” translates to “What’s up” in German, and for this profile piece we head over to the glaciers in Austria to catch up with European Flow Team Athlete Philipp Kundratitz. Kundratitz has been hitting the podium in multiple competitions last year in Europe and is fixing for even bigger wins this winter.

A native to Austria, Kundratitz grew up in the heart of the Alps, not too far from the birthplace of Flow Snowboarding. Children start skiing and snowboarding at the young age of four in the Alps. While most Americans have recess or physical education, most schools in the Alps make it a point to bring entire classrooms up to the slopes. Kundratitz was one of these kids back in the days, now has grown into the competitive threat he has become, with lofty goals.

Where is home for you? 

Home for me is in Innsbruck where I grew up. It´s cool to just hang out with my friends and family. I´m always happy to go back home after a long trip. 

What do you consider to be your home mountain? 

My home mountain is just 5 minutes walk from where I live. It´s called Seegrube. It´s just a very small resort above Innsbruck, but it´s always lots of fun up there. Just cruising with my friends from home. Good times and good memories!

What is your current snowboard set up? Boots, Board, Bindings? Do you switch it up for park and powder? 

I´m riding a Black Out 156 with a NX2 Hybrid Bindings and Hylite Focus Boots. I didn´t get to ride so much powder lately because last winter wasn´t that good, but I usually just use the same board all the time.

Do you listen to music when you snowboard? 

I used to do it all the time when I was younger but now I like to ride without music because I find it easier to concentrate and I like to hear the sound of the snow below me.

Did you start skiing first or has it always been snowboarding? 

No I started with skiing when I was a little kid but luckily I started snowboarding and found out that it is way more fun!

Where was the first place you went snowboarding? How old were you? 

It was on my home mountain. I think I was around 8 years old.

Who were your influences and inspiration snowboarding?

I don´t really have one rider that is my inspiration. I just watch a lot of snowboarding videos and when I think that a trick looks really cool then I try it out myself.

How was the winter in Austria this year?

Last year was really bad, we didn´t get a lot of snow so it was really icy all the time. Let´s hope this year will be better!

If an American was planning a snowboarding trip to Austria, what resorts are a must they check out? 

My favorite resorts are Mayrhofen and Flachauwinkl. They both have super nice parks and I would probably recommend to there.

Where was your favorite place to snowboard this season? 

Probably Laax. I went there in April for the Pleasure Spring Session. They had a super fun setup and I could just ride without any pressure with my friends.

What are some of your favorite apres ski activities?

Usually just chill in the hotel or at home and watch TV Shows. Sometimes I work out after snowboarding as well, but that depends on how tired I am after snowboarding.

Are you planning on a snowboardtrip this season? Where? 

Yes I´m going to the US in December and then maybe again in February. Should be lots of fun!

Where is your favorite place to travel, not related to snowboarding? 

I always love to go on summer vacations. Doesn´t really matter where, I just like to chill at the beach and know that I have nothing to do!

How did you manage to get in the Austrian national snowboardteam, and what are your goals in the near future?

I had some good results in contests so they asked me to join the team. It´s great because with the team I get to snowboard even more and I can do all the big contests around the world. My goal for this season is to ride at the World Championships in Austria. They are happening in January 2015. My absolute dream is to ride the Air & Style in Innsbruck though. That would be so sick!

You have been doing a lot of contests, the last two years. What keeps you motivated to train?

It´s just a lot of fun for me to see where I am standing compared to other riders. It also feels nice to get a good result and see that all the training paid off!

You where in Australia this summer, how was the vibe? Did you manage to get on snow?

Yes I went to Perisher and to Falls Creek to start the season in August. It was really good to ride there, I didn´t really expect that. I hope that I get to go back next year, snowboarding in Australia is just a really cool experience!

What do you do during the summer months, in the off season? Do you chase the snow or take a break? 

I work out a lot when I can´t go snowboarding. I also go snowboarding every summer but that’s usually just for a few weeks.

What kind of activities and hobbies do you have other than snowboarding?  

I like to hang out with my friends, work out and I never say no to a good party ;-)

Have you headed over to the Alps to snowboard yet? With all the glaciers and easy access to all the European indoor slopes… what’s your excuse for not riding 365 days a year? Flow Snowboarding is ready for winter. Are you? Don’t forget to reach out to us on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

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Sarka Pancochova at the Snowboard Zezula Signing

Flow Snowboarding’s Sarka Pancochova dropped into Snowboard Zezula for a signing as well as a meet and greet with her fans. Check out this video showing a few highlights from the event.

The first chairlifts are spinning in Colorado and now according to NOAA, the first major winter storm of the 2014-15 season is about to slam into the Pacific Northwest. Flow Snowboarding is ready for winter. Are you? Where are you planning on riding for your first tracks of the 2014-15 season? Don’t forget to reach out to us on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

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The Duder Abides: Nathan Jacobson

The Duder abides in the Pacific Northwest. Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Nathan Jacobson to find out a little bit more about his background, to recap his strong showing in his snowboarding competitions last winter, what he has been up to over the summer to his plans for the upcoming winter.

Where are you originally from Nathan?

I was born and raised in Bend Oregon. I love it here. There is no place I would have rather grown up. Everyone here is nice and the community is outdoorsy. The mountain is only 20 minutes from town and we had an indoor skate park that I would spend a lot of hours at.

What do you consider your home mountain to be? 

Mt. Bachelor is my home mountain.

Did you ski before, or have you always been snowboarding?

I started skiing when i was 2 years old. My dad would carry me around the mountain in a backpack going top speed before I could walk.

Where did snowboarding begin for you?

The first time I went snowboarding I was 5 years old at my home mountain, Mt. Bachelor. My family were all skiers so I think they hoped I wouldn’t like it. I fell like 70 times on my first run. My dad asked if I was over it. I replied, “No way! That was awesome!” 

What was it like competing in the Men’s US Open of Snowboarding?

It was by far the most fun I have ever had at a contest. Plus… the half pipe was amazing! I was competing with my childhood heroes. It was cool to be hanging around them, everyone was nice and funny. It also made me realize that I’m at their level now. 

USASA Nationals in CO, you placed 3rd in Men’s open halfpipe and 6th in slopestyle. Congratulations… what was that whole event like? 

Well that was my 8th year competing at nationals so I have experienced it a lot. Nationals has so much going on. It’s crazy fun. It was my second year riding the open class and first time on the podium in that class. My new coach Spencer, from the US Snowboard team, was there watching and I think that really helped me try to impress him and to try to secure my spot on the team. 

What’s it like being on the US Snowboard Team?

Amazing, they help out so much and make sure that we are in top shape for the upcoming winter. They have had team camps through out the summer and fall, so I really have gotten to know my teammates. We are all at a higher level of riding so it is nice to have people pushing me all of the time. 

What are a few of your favorite resorts to travel to?

My favorite place to ride is Mt. Bachelor because of the all natural terrain, everything is like a natural halfpipe, wind lips, tranny finding, and natural quarter pipes.  That’s why we have so many good half pipe riders coming out of Bend. Everywhere in Colorado and Utah… because there is so much snow and so many different resorts to go to. Breckenridge has my favorite terrain park.

You skate and wakeboard too… what are some of your favorite skate spots? Where do you usually wake board?

We have a lot of good skate spots close to Bend. We just got a new outdoor park this summer which has been fun. Sisters, Oregon has fun bowls and a cradle. We wakeboard in the summer at Prineville Reservoir and sometimes Round Butte.

Who were our influences growing up snowboarding?

Ben Watts was a big influence on me when i was starting out snowboarding. He was a great skater and I skated with him all the time at the indoor park in Bend. All of my friends started snowboarding so I wanted to start too. When Ben made the US Snowboard team, I realized that a goal like that was possible.

Who are your main influences now?

My coaches at Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation – they are all great riders and are super positive and amazing coaches.

What is your current ride setup? Board, boots, bindings… Does your setup differ from park to powder riding?

This season I plan to ride on the 153 Black Out snowboard, large Fuse Hybrids bindings and the Hylite Focus snowboard boots, size 9′s. I like camber more than rocker because I feel more stable. My setup does not differ from park to powder. I really like my set up so I ride it in everything.

Where is the furthest you have traveled to snowboard?

Seven Springs, PA

Where is one place you love traveling to, not pertaining to snowboarding?

Florida. It’s warm, DisneyWorld is there and they have the Orlando Watersports Complex for wakeboard cable park riding. Also, there is a huge Van’s skate park.

What is the origin of the name “Duder?”

When I was two days old my dad was calling me “Dude.” My mom was getting mad at him saying “Dude” wasn’t a cute enough name. So they switched it to “Duder.”

Where are you looking forward to riding this upcoming season?

Laxx in Switzerland for the European Open.

What are you focusing on, or your goals for this winter season?

To get really good results in all the contests I compete in. I hope to make it to finals in the Grand Prix and European Open.

Are there any other tricks you plan on adding to the trick bag or mastering to continue to take your riding to the next level?

Right now I am just trying to add more style to my riding and will add new tricks as they come along.

Do you ride with music, what are you normally listening to?

Yes, I listen to Biggie Smalls on Pandora Radio

Any advice to pass onto any of the kids looking to progress their riding, and perhaps one day get sponsored?

Keep snowboarding.  You have to have fun with it first before you can be successful.

Are you involved in any projects, events or organizations that you would like to call attention to?

Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, they have been so supportive of me and I want to give a shout out for all of the great things they do for kids in snow sports. I volunteer for their annual fundraisers including the ski swap, Snowball, Pole Peddle Paddle and Cascade Cycling Classic.

Any final words for the Flow customers or followers?

I like the Flow set up because it’s faster strapping in and it makes me feel more connected to my snowboard then other binding brands I’ve tried. Get your gear ordered up… it’s going to be an awesome season!  #FindYourFlow

If you’re up in Oregon riding this year, keep your eye out for Nathan “Duder” Jacobson cruising around Mt. Bachelor. Are any of you headed to ride the Pacific Northwest this winter? Flow Snowboarding wants to know where you’re planning on riding. Chime in and connect with us via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Mike Basich’s Self Portrait Book Kickstarter Campaign

Help our brother Mike Basich’s has currently started a Kickstarter campaign to release 130+ hardcover self portrait book covering his 15 years as a professional photographer and snowboarder. We at Flow Snowboarding want to help get Basich’s DIY project off the ground and flying, check out the video above and hear it from the legend himself.

Basich is currently offering various pledge points, each with their own unique item or items when this project takes flight. For $5 you would receive a postcard of Basich’s epic helicopter drop, along with a personal thank you message, for $15 you would receive a signed 241 clothing poster and $49 you would receive the book signed. For those willing to take their donations to the next level, Basich is offering 40 X 60 canvas prints of his helicopter drop or the Yeti outfit selfie for pledges of $500 or more.

Helping Basich get this project off the ground and having one of these books in your collection is a win win. If you can afford it, the canvas prints aren’t too shabby either. Have any of you already pledged on Basich’s Kickstarter? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Welcome to Alaska Tomas Santa Maria

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Check out this video of Flow Snowboarding’s South American team athlete Tomas Santa Maria. He put this together on his last trip up to Alaska. Plenty of hiking and powder shots to get you stoked for winter here in North America. Santa Maria said that the winter down south is wrapping up. With North America starting to see its first dusting the past few weeks, it is only a matter of time before the lifts and helicopters start spinning us powder hungry snowboarders up the hill for some fresh tracks.

Have you made the voyage up to Alaska yet? No? What’s your excuse… Tomas Santa Maria made it all the way from the other America to ride some untouched AK. If you have made it to Alaska, Flow Snowboarding would love to see you photos. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Don’t forget to send Tomas Santa Maria a few “Holas” via social as well.

Photo Highlights From Bear Mountain’s Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails

The official countdown to winter has begun now that this last weekend’s Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails event up at Bear Mountain shook Southern California like an earthquake. For the first time ever, Bear Mountain park staff had two zones set up for riders to compete for the $10,000 prize. Johnny O’Connor ended up taking 1st place, Mariah Dugan took 1st for the ladies, with Zack Rawles taking best trick. Here are a few photo highlights from this past weekend’s event, taken by Flow Snowboarding’s Wallace Hargraves.





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Here are more photos from Wallace Hargraves of Bear Mountain’s Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails competition.









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What Snowboarding Has Given Bas Elhorst

“Snowboarding has been my life so far. I wake up with snowboarding and go to bed with it, I breathe snowboarding. Snowboarding has done so many good things for me. I cannot even name them all.” -Bas Elhorst

Flow Snowboarding Global Ambassador Bas Elhorst has been riding the greater part of two decades now, with most of that time being winter resident of Arlberg, Austria in the Alps. Elhorst had an internship up in Alaska at H20 guides as a heli-operator and has completed his Austrian Snowboard guiding course Snowboard Führer. The knowledge that Elhorst acquired from Snowboard Führer allows him to guide other snowboarders into the backcountry of the Alps.

“I am not a conventional guide that shows the typical places where everybody can go down symmetrical in a row,” explained Elhorst on his website. “My style of guiding is about giving your own input and stimulating a learning process. It is about forecasting avalanches, awareness, fun and most of all safety.”

Elhorst started as an instructor, would shoot films and also entered in competitions. As Elhorst started to compete in more FIS boardercross and Freeridecross events, he began allocating more focus on competing. Upon being invited into the Freeride World Qualifying Series in Europe, he made competing in the Freeride World Series one of his goals.

“In order to reach the top of the Freeride World Tour I am doing a lot of fitness, surfing and cycling,” said Elhorst on his website.

Flow Snowboarding had a chance to shoot a few questions across the globe to Bas Elhorst; see how his summer is going, recap his winter, get an update on the rehab of his broken ankle, and what he’s looking forward to next season.

Where are you originally from? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Amsterdam and moved to Austria when I was 18.

Where do you currently live?

I live half of the year in the Netherlands, on the border of Amsterdam, the other half of the year I live in Austria in the Arlberg area.

Where was your first trip to the mountains to go ski/snowboard? What Resort

That was in Gries, a tiny village in the Ötztal area.

Did you grow up skiing first or have you always been snowboarding?

I first grew up skiing in the holidays, my first snowboard experience was when I was 14 on an old B#rT#n 164 alpine board with a big “Legalize It” sticker.

What’s your current board, boots and bindings preference?

My favorite board is definitely the Maverick 164, which is a true high speed all mountain machine, but I started to appreciate the Darwin 157 more and more last winter, because it was so mellow on my ankle that I broke last winter. I also love to ride the Maverick 161 for riding kickers and playing in the powder.

The boots I have been riding are the Talon Focus, they give me a solid support that I need and they are just the perfect fit for my feet.

For the bindings I really do love NX2 GT with their new strap technology and they are not too stiff for my liking.

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

The Arlberg, Austria

Being in the Alps, do you normally take advantage of all the glacier summer snowboarding, or do you take a break in the off season?

No, I love the break in between.

You have been recovering from an injury last season, right? What happened?

I broke my right ankle on a run to Lech on one of the few powder days we had last season. I misjudged a spine that I wanted to jump, I jumped it too much straight instead to the left, and landed on a big rock at the end of a big rock field. It could have been much worse though.

How is the recovery going?

Really well, I can run, surf and mountain bike without any troubles. Only when skateboarding, I still have to be careful though.

Other than snowboarding, what other kind of sports or hobbies do you participate in?

My favorite other hobby is Surfing, but I got myself more into mountain biking last winter for the recovery of my ankle and I must say that it’s also a very addictive sport I like. I do like the adrenaline and adventures part of all these sports.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

Riding with the Gnarlberg Steinbocks in Italy, we found a great resort that I would like to keep a secret. They have the best couloirs and bowls with lift access. It was a bit of a risky weekend, but so much fun.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next year?

I am looking forward to riding with friends on those crazy powder days, to explore new mountains and to guide my guests and show them the most wonderful runs they can imagine.

Where was the furthest you’ve ever traveled in order to snowboard?

I worked for a season at H2O guides in Alaska, Valdez.

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

I love Sumatra Indonesia, because it is still pure and they have so many good waves.

What kind of music do you prefer riding to?

No music. Love the sound of the popcorn and wind around my head.

Any advice you would like to give to all the aspiring younger snowboarders out there?

Do what you love, and don’t take it to serious, it’s just snowboarding.

Anything else you’d like to say to the Flow support or customers?

I am very grateful for the Flow support and the people that buy the Flow products, without them I would have been bankrupt with all the gear that I trash when I am out there riding. The products improved a lot over the years and Flow takes the riders feedback very serious. On a long-term base I would love to get even more involved with the product design and R&D.

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Bas Elhorst emphasized the importance of backcountry and avalanche training and education prior to starting his venture as a snowboarding guide. Have any of you completed your appropriate backcountry education yet? Let us know where you studied avalanche and backcountry saftey. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

One Day With Sarka Pancochova

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We spent a great day with Czech pro snowboarder Sarka Pancochova (Red Bull, Volcom, Flow) in a perfectly prepared snowpark in Seiser Alm resort in Südtirol, Nothern Italy.

Aspens are changing to their fall colors, the snow storms in the US have started and now the frequency of new video edits are increasing. All of us at Flow Snowboarding are stoked that the winter cycle is right around the corner. If you had one day to ride somewhere on this planet, where would it be? We want to know. Don’t forget to reach out to us on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

 

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Twins That Ride Tru-Twins: Flow’s Erik & Jon Overson (2 of 2)

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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.

Jon: My favorite place to travel for snowboarding would definitely be back home to the Midwest. After getting my pow fix in Utah, I like getting creative in the streets of Minnesota. Plus Hyland rope tow laps cannot be beat. 

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.

Jon: Costa Rica! Great surf, great food, little bit of family time, lots of partying. 

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.

Jon: Definitely in the backcountry. Especially over the next couple years, I’d love to learn all the necessary skills to venture out into the backcountry. 

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.

Jon: I love riding bicycles, both mountain and road. It’s a new hobby I picked up but I plan on doing that for the rest of my life. Should keep the knees in tip top riding shape. 

What are your plans for what’s left of the summer, before the snow falls?

Jon: Classes… The school year just began at the university of Utah.

Erik: 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.