Through Shin Biyajima’s Eyes

During the summer months, Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Shin Biyajima does a lot to keep fit by cross training for the winter season. We had a moment to catch up with Biyajima in Japan to see how his winter went and how his summer is coming along. Pretty much catching a glimpse of the world through Biyajima’s eyes.

What would you consider you home ski resort to be?

The Hakuba area here in Nagano, Japan. But I like to chase the snow.

What kind of music do you ride to on your ipod or phone?

I listen to my friend’s band, rap and DJ mixes from Japan. I am so wide open with my music selection. Bassnectar to Tommy Guerrero. Acoustic, country dubstep, D’n’B, house, hip hop, Japanese, reggae and even techno. Not too much trance, though…

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

I have never traveled without snowboarding… Oh wait… Saipan and Vietnam. I also like the south part of Japan.

What type of cross training do you do over the summer months in order to remain in shape for the upcoming winter?

I love to do a lot of activities like bouldering, mountain biking and skateboarding. I am also on a soccer team called ‘God Hands.’ It is gathering of snowboarder friends. I do a lot of core training and stretching to help my body and protect myself from getting a sore back.

Soccer team of snowboarders? Nice… Did you catch any of the FIFA World Cup soccer matches this summer?

Japan did not do too well, but I was really cheering for Costa Rica. I liked their vibe and the way they played soccer.

What was your favorite memory from last winter season?

We had epic powder in Japan. Traveling around United States was such a good time…and of course, so was hanging with the Flow Snowboarding team in Colorado.

Where are you looking forward to riding next year?

Japan, Lake Tahoe, Jackson Hole, Colorado and Washington, Canada, Alaska, Europe, South America… Anywhere it snows!

Describe your Apres Ski activities. What does Shin do to unwind after a day on the mountain?

Onsen… for sure. It is a natural hot spa. I go almost every time after riding when I’m in Japan. I like to chill and sometimes make Sushi. Checking footage from the day and well… CrackBook. Then I stretch, eat and then sleep. I sleep deep.

Do you have ideas or things you would want to try this winter?

I want to create a unique terrain park in the mountains. A little bit like Red Bull’s Ultra Natural, but more jibbing. Easier set ups for everyone and do some kind of riding party where we could all share the happiness of being in the snowy mountains… and I want to build a mountain lodge like Mike Basich has. An Area-241 in Japan.

Anything else you’d like to say to the Flow Snowboarding supporters?

We never know how long winter will be. Let’s go snowboarding before Mother Earth melts. Snow is AMAZING!

Shin Biyajima keeps up his fitness during the summer months. What are you doing this summer to cross train? Biking, hiking, skating, surfing, SUPing? Or better yet… are you still chasing the snow and snowboarding? Please share with us what you are doing over the summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Flow Micron Freddy Silber Earning His Turns


Last week, one of our Microns was earning his turns under the summer sun. On June 28th, Flow Micron Team Athlete Freddy Silber and his father Jay Sibler went on a quest for snow by taking a 16 mile round trip bike and hike voyage to ride Byers Peak in Colorado. To get to the snow they had to climb above the treeline to roughly 12,000 feet.

“My favorite memory was seeing all the amazing scenic views from hiking up and down the trail,” said Freddy Sibler.

Freddy and Jay Silber left their house at 5:00AM and hit the trail at 6:00 AM near his home resort in Winter Park, Colorado and into the Byers Peak Wilderness Area in Winter Park, Colorado. Once they were on the snow, Freddy strapped onto his snowboard, a 140 Shifty. His Fuse bindings set at 15° & 15° and he certainly made sure the boas were tight enough on his Rivals. While most of us in the Northern Hemisphere were dreaming of snow, the Silbers hiking and riding it.

“We hiked it most of the morning until the snow heated up and got too sticky,” explained Jay Silber. “There was a ton of snow and there is still a ton of snow on the peaks here in Colorado. A lot of snowboard opportunities to be had this summer if you put in some effort to get there.”

This week, Flow Snowboarding had a chance to dive into the head of Freddy Silber and ask him a few questions about his summer, last winter and what he is looking forward to this coming winter.

What kind of music do you listen to when you ride?
I listen to some electronic music. I mainly listen to hard rock and metal. 

Where was your favorite place to travel to, not related to snowboarding?
My favorite place to travel to is Kansas City, Missouri. I love to hang out with my family.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?
My favorite memory from last winter was a Steamboat USASA competition for slopestyle. It was such a great time with my snowboard team and good times and food. I took 2nd at that comp so it was really rewarding. Very exciting!

Where are you looking forward to riding next year?
I’m looking forward to riding at Breckenridge and Keystone with the Flow Team and for contests. They have amazing rails and jumps.

Any interest in the FIFA World Cup soccer matches this summer?
I don’t like soccer at all! It’s not for me. Not trying to be rude, but I don’t care about it! I’m more into baseball.

Anything else you’d like to say to the Flow Snowboarding supporters?
I would like to say thanks to everyone because they are such an amazing part in this brand. I also have a snowboard crew, which is myself and six of my best friends called Snow Provides. We are a film crew and media page. We post up on Instagram and YouTube all winter.

Are any of you going the extra miles to hike to where the snow still sits in the Northern Hemisphere? Please share with us where you are continuing your snowboarding this summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media.

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Malakeye Feature Article on Tyler Daigler of Flow Sports, Inc.

Tyler Daigler recently had an article written on Malakeye.com about his time with Flow Sports, Inc. and the the perfect work environment. Daigler first joined the Flow Sports, Inc. family in 2013 through Malakye and has been rocking the various responsibilities of business development, driving account management & sales strategy for not only Flow Snowboarding, but SIC (Sandwich Islands Composites).

“Head over to Flow.com along with SICMaui.com and check out our product line. Everyone here at Flow Sport’s snowboards, surfs, skates and SUPS – and we take great pride in the product we are bringing to market. Besides that, I’ll see you all on the mountain.” -Tyler Daigler

You can check out the whole interview with Tyler Daigler and catch a closer glimpse of behind the curtain at Flow Sports, Inc. on Malakeye.com

We know you all know Flow Snowboarding, but have you checked out what the crew at SIC (Sandwich Islands Composites) has been doing with Stand Up Paddleboarding? We are doing what we can here at Flow Sports, Inc. to keep you active and pushing the envelope all four seasons. Check out what Flow and SIC have for you by contacting us online and engaging with us on Social Media

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Europe’s Indoor Snowboard Parks


Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Drayden Gardner took a flight across the pond to hit the UK’s SnowDome in Tamworth, Stafford. If you are planning a backpacking trip through Europe this summer, you might want to pack your goggles and spring gloves… there’s riding to be done. Europe’s indoor snowboard parks keep riders shredding 365 days a year. The SnowDome for of over 19 years has been referred to many in the UK as the spiritual home of the UK freestyle scene. Their freestyle parks are definitely on point, with a few beginning features for those looking to progress to the next level.

For more information on SnowDome, please visit:
www.snowdome.co.uk

The largest indoor park in the UK is located in Milton Keynes at Snozone. Snozone has park nights every Thursday and Friday night and hosts freestyle events such as Parkstrife which has extra enhanced features for riders as they pump in great music. Snozone’s Who’s Afraid of the Park event focuses on beginners to freestyle, allowing them to learn from qualified instructors and sponsored riders.

For more information on Snozone, please visit:
www.snozoneuk.com

Flow Snowboarding supporter Johnny de Jong lives in the Netherlands, and is an avid snowboarder at Holland’s SkiDome. Our next video blog in a couple days will feature a video edit from SkiDome.

“I live seven miles from an indoor track,” explained de Jong. “So it is easy for me to go snowboarding. SkiDome is the very first indoor court of Netherlands. There are a few indoor tracks… a fun park with various rails, ‘jumps’ and of course the big air bag to catch you. The SkiDome is my home ground, but it’s not the biggest one. Check out SnowWorld and look for Landgraaf. That is a nice one.”

For more information on SkiDome, please visit:
www.skidome.nl

For more information on SnowWorld, please visit:
www.snowworld.com

Show us you pics! Have you ever ridden any of the indoor snowboard parks in Europe? We want to see your pics. Feel free to tag #FlowSnowboarding when you post your photos. Continue to share with us at Flow Snowboarding by connecting with us on Social Media!

Summer Snowboarding: Cure for the Summertime Blues (Europe)


Snow Sliding Across the Pond in Europe

In our last Flow Snowboarding FLOG, we took a look at the Summer Snowboarding options for North America. If you’re a boarder and a baller… why not head across the pond to Europe for some summer sliding? This FLOG we’ll take a look at a few snowboarding options in France, Sweden and Switzerland. Les 2 Alpes, Riksgränsen and Eskimos Sports Freestyle Camp each offer a unique opportunity to keep your snow season continuing through the summer months.

Les 2 Alpes, Wild Summer Camps Isère, France

The French ski resort Les 2 Alpes is situated 44 miles south of Grenoble in Isère. It is home to the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is Europe’s second oldest resort behind Chamonix. Les 2 Alpes has one of the best reputations for being one of the greatest places for summer riding. Ride at elevation 9,186 ft up to 11,811 ft on the Girose and Mont de Lans glaciers high above the resort. Each summer they host their Wild Summer Camps, with excellent training facilities and many outstanding, specially adapted programs for experts and beginners alike.

For more information on Les 2 Alpes, please visit:
www.2alpes-snowpark.com

Riksgränsen, Sweden

Riksgränsen ski resort rests 186 miles to the north of the Arctic Circle, making it Sweden’s northernmost ski resort. Its latitude gives the resort 24 hours of daylight in the summer, which means that it’s possible to ride under the midnight sun. Thanks to this year’s snowfall, Riksgränsen will be ending this year’s skiing season with skiing under the midnight sun, a midsummer buffet in Restaurant Lapplandia, and an après-ski and night club in bar Grönan and traditional Swedish dancing around the the maypole in your boots. If you can, get to Sweden ASAP. These events kick off June 19-22nd.

For more information on Rikgransen, please visit:
www.riksgransen.se

Eskimos Sports, Freestyle Camps Zermatt, Switzerland

Want to ride Switzerland in July or August? If you have it in your budget, why not hop a jet plane to Zermatt, Switzerland? Eskimos Sports holds their Freestyle Camps over the summer, sliding on park and pipe on the Allalin glacier ski area. Their snow park in Saas-Fee will make you forget that it’s actually summer. All of Eskimos Sports’ coaches are professional riders and solid snowboarding and freestyle teachers. They promise a measurable improvement in ability within a week’s time. Grabbing air with style and endless rails to jib. The riders at Eskimos Sports look to inspire one another in order to push the limit and dial in new tricks.

For more information on Eskimo Sport, please visit:
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While most Americans backpack through Europe and see the tourist sights in the Summer… why not be in the minority walking the planet and pack up your board, boots and bindings and head to the slopes less ridden by us Yankees? If you can’t afford to, don’t worry… neither can I. But a man can dream. One day we will get to Europe to ride.

As we all pine for winter on the top of the planet, the Southern Hemisphere is primed for a great season. We will take a look at a few Southern Hemisphere hot spots in our next Flog. Please share with us where you plan on continuing your snowboarding this summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media.

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Definition: Snowboarding – A Feature Film From Matt Devino

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Remember when half pipes looked like this? Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Tim Humphreys hand planting in an old school half pipe

Are you excited for Definition: Snowboarding, the upcoming feature length documentary film from filmmaker Matt Devino?

We here at FlowSnowboarding are backing this flick. You’ll see a few of our friends from Flow like Scotty Lago and Tim Humphreys.

DEFINITION: SNOWBOARDING. This is a documentary film project exploring the definition of snowboarding from the perspective of those who live it. They would like to invite the entire industry to be a part of this exploration, and to help show the world just how amazing snowboarding truly is.

“I’m really excited to have the backing of Flow for the project,” said Mike Devino “They have an amazing team and everyone at the company loves snowboarding, which is what this film is really all about. The film is sure to be even better with their support.”

“Matt Devino is reaching out and making a difference,” said Dale Rehberg of Flow Snowboards. “Gotta love the passion… it’s all about expression!”

Definition: Snowboarding is two year project to be released in the Fall of 2015. It will include dozens of interviews and document all aspects of riding and the lifestyle that encompasses it. Interviews will be shot over the course of 2014, and exclusive riding footage will be shot during the winter of 2014/2015. Here’s the teaser trailer below. So looking forward to this film.

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Flow Snowboarding is stoked for this film. It speaks the common thread within snowboarding that ties us all together. Let us know what you think of the film trailer on Social media.

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Flow Snowboarding: 5 Things to do in the Snowboarding Off-Season

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Unfortunately, in most places around the world, snowboarding is a seasonal sport. The Summer months that contain no snow can sometimes drive us stir crazy. A person can only play video games and check Tinder so often before they start to lose it. Not to worry! Flow is here to help you out with 5 fun summer activities to help keep your sanity. Continue reading

FLOW-HOW: 5 Ways to recuperate after a day of Snowboarding

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A day of snowboarding can take a lot out of you, especially if you took a few spills. Flow is here to help you with 5 easy ways that you can recuperate your body and be ready to get back on the mountain the very next day.

#1) Stretch

After a full day of snowboarding, your muscles can feel tight, sore, and de-oxygenated. While most people think that stretching is only good for before activities, it is also just as important to stretch after exercising. Stretching can loosen your muscles as well as put much needed oxygen back into them. A quick 15 minute stretch can make a huge difference in the way that your body will feel the next day.

#2) Eat Pineapple

This is a strange step, but it works. Pineapple works as a natural Ibuprofen and will ease your body of soreness and pain. It contains Bromelain which reduces swelling, inflammation, and pain in the body. Instead of popping a bunch of Advil, eat pineapple instead.

#3) Hydrate

After a day on the mountain, we normally want to have a few beers and that is okay. However, it’s also smart to mix in a few waters. A full day of snowboarding can rob your muscles of necessary water and minerals. Be sure to replenish your body with some good old fashioned H2O!

#4) Eat a Full Dinner

You had a tough day snowboarding, reward yourself with a full meal. Many athletes “Carbo-load” before a race, game, etc. so you should too! These Carbohydrates will give you the necessary energy to get on the mountain the next day and you’ll need all of the energy that you can get.

#5) Jacuzzi or Hot Tub

Probably the best step of the whole process. Going in a jacuzzi or hot tub is awesome. Hot water and jets help relax your muscles and loosen them easing any tension or pain. Plus, it feels amazing after snowboarding.
If you follow these 5 steps then there is no reason you won’t be fully prepared to take on back-to-back days of snowboarding. For more information on everything snowboarding connect with us on social media!

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FLOW-HOW: How To Buy the right Flow Snowboarding Bindings

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Snowboarding technology is getting pretty advanced and it can be hard to decipher what type of product is right for you. All the new features and materials on products are nice, but what do they mean for you and your snowboarding? Flow is here to break down the technology barrier and help you choose the correct bindings for your preferred style of riding. Continue reading

FLOW-HOW: 5 Tips to Stay in Snowboarding Shape


Snowboarding can often be misunderstood. People often view it as a leisure activity instead of a sport. In some cases, that is true. However, snowboarding can be both physically and mentally taxing on the body. Flow is here with Tips to stay in peak snowboarding condition!

1) Running / Cardio

You may think that snowboarding is simply riding down a hill, but you’ll soon find out that it is actually a great workout in itself. Your whole body is constantly working as you’re having fun. Your legs, calves, and ankles are being strengthened as well as your core. Through running and other cardio exercises, you can increase your endurance and have enough energy to get in extra runs. While others are running out of stamina, you’ll have more runs to yourself. Cardio also helps you from getting tired in the thin mountain air.

2) Yoga

We know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t yoga meant for good looking girls in tight pants?” No….Well, yes but it is also good for snowboarders. Yoga is widely used by top athletes and incorporated into their daily training regimens.  Yoga increases flexibility as well as mental health. Yoga is also one of the top ways to prevent injuries. It keeps you loose, strong, and flexible on the mountain.

3) Eat Healthy

We’re not judging, We here at Flow are also guilty of drinking beer & eating cheeseburgers but it will eventually catch up to you. We’re just saying, it can’t hurt to mix in a salad or Acai Bowl (If you don’t know what an Acai Bowl is look HERE, they’re incredible).

4) Cross-Training Board Sports

Surfing, Skateboarding, and Snowboarding are all different but they do all share core board sport fundamentals. They all help you increase balance, core strength, reaction time, and are all really fun to do. You can’t be on the mountain everyday, so it is important to get your boarding fix somewhere else. Even Indo Boards help with training. Keep any type of board under your feet and it will help.

5) Snowboard

Nothing can recreate snowboarding, so the #1 thing that you can do to help your snowboarding is to snowboard. Snowboarding is an intense workout in itself. The items listed above are simply to help you better prepare for the mountain and to not feel rusty. Incorporate all of these items into your weekly routine, and we guarantee you’ll feel a difference.

 

Go Snowboard!

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