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.

Twins That Ride Tru-Twins: Erik & Jon Overson

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.

Erik: I made the transfer back to OG camber last year. Now, I’m riding the 153 White Out, the Fuse Hybrid bindings, and the Hylite Focus boots.

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.

Jon: They were just a fun way to present ourselves. Unfortunately Erik got hurt and we couldn’t make the third, and definitely the best episode. 

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.
(Click HERE to watch Jon Overson’s Turbo Flip in their edit All Systems gOverson)

Jon: Like Erik mentioned, he has the back rodeo on lock. I might like to go upside down more frequently than him, but I know that’s one flip he has me beat at. He also can do every single press better than me too.

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.

Jon: RIDE WITH YOUR FRIENDS! Not only will you be having fun, but you’ll be pushing each other and progressing without even knowing it. 

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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.

A Winter To Prepare For: Meteorologists Predict Record Breaking Snowfall 2014-15 Reports Empire News

Empire News released an article predicting “record shattering snow storms across the board, affecting the entire United States” according to Dr. Boris Scvediok, who has studied global weather services for 40 years.

“Meteorologists and weather science experts at the National Weather Service (NWS) say that there is a 99% chance that the we will start to see a massive cold-front sooner in the year than has ever happened…” the article explained, but that is merely the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Scvediok expects snow to fly all the way through June this season.

“For the sake of comparison to the past winter,” explained Dr. Scvediok to the Associated Press.  “Lets say that your area received a total of twenty inches of accumulative snow for the season. Because this year the snowfall is predicted to start by the end of September or the beginning of October, you can expect to multiply that number by up to five, ten, maybe even twenty times in some areas. In the worst zones, you could see 50 times the amount of snow you’ve had in the past.”

“This is the type of winter the American public needs to prepare for,” said Dr. Scvediok. “Several meteorologists are saying not to buy into what the models are showing. I can tell you from forty years of scientific weather research, they are doing you a disservice.”

Flow Snowboarding is well aware of what needs to be done in order to prepare for an early and big winter.

“You want to avoid tragedy and prepare by making sure you have your powder set up purchased and dialed in before the heavy snow storms hit your region,” warned Dale Rehberg of Flow Snowboarding. “A Darwin or a Maverick snowboard should be in your quiver and ready. Combine them with a set of 2014-15 NX2 bindings and Talon boots and it will keep you happy until the snow starts melting.”

Another senior meteorologist believes this will be the once in a lifetime winter. Edward F. Blankenbaker, Senior Administrator of Meteorologists explained what he sees in the forecast.

“Pretty much everyone will see snow like they never have in their lives,” said Blankenbaker. “Most younger people don’t even know what an actual blizzard looks like, but by the end of March, they will be seasoned survivalists. Everyone needs to make sure they have their weather emergency kits prepared and ready to go… Safety always comes first and the time to prepare is right now.”

Safety first indeed. James Satterfield, of the National Fire and Safety Advisory Board (NFSAB) warned the public not to “wait until temperatures plummet into a freeze; obtain cold weather clothing and footwear, including wool thermal socks.”

Flow’s Rehberg agrees in prepping for the cold weather to come, and recommends taking these precautions.

“We agree with the NFSAB that you have to prepare for extremely cold temperatures,” said Rehberg. “Our soft goods like our beanies, hoodies, shirts, socks and ever popular NXTZ face masks will help protect you from the elements on those powder hunts. They said it’ll be a once in a lifetime winter, better make sure you are ready no matter what the conditions are.”

Disclaimer: Please remember that the main source of this article Empire News, is a satirical and entertainment website. The only name and quotes that are not fictional comes from our own Dale Rehberg, Marketing Director for Flow Snowboarding. We here at Flow Snowboarding do however endorse the ‘I’ll believe it when you are digging your vehicle out to get to the hill’ forecast.

Winter is coming. It was already snowing in North America this week, with a front pushing into Colorado that may drop a foot of snow in the mountains into next week. What are your thoughts of this winter’s forecast? Are you prepared for a heavy winter in your area? We want to hear from you, engage with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know.

Sarka Pancochova in Volcom Snow’s 2014-15 Outerwear

Check out Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Sarka Pancochova sporting Volcom’s 2014/15 Outerwear Collection. Are you ready for winter? All of us at Flow Snowboarding are. Don’t forget to reach out to us on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

 

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Drayden Gardner’s 2014 Video Edit

Check out this 2014 video edit of Flow Snowboarding Micron Drayden Gardner. This edit was filmed primarily at Mammoth Mountain and Bear Mountain Ski Areas, with a little bit of European indoor jibbing. The groovy soundtrack is by Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf.

How about this kid, huh? Where was your riding progression as a young teenager? Drayden along with the rest of Flow Snowboarding’s Microns ARE the next generation of riders. Get used to seeing their names… they are podium bound. Who is your favorite Flow Micron coming up through the ranks? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Let these youngsters be inspiration to you and your own little groms to #FindYourFlow.

Josh Schrader: Outdoor Adventure Research

Joshua Schrader was only 16 when he rode his first pair of Flow Snowboarding bindings, a pair he still rocks on the hill today from time to time. Eventually he took that passion he found snowboarding and applied that towards starting his own product review company in the action sports industry with Outdoor Adventure Research. OAR takes their passion for the outdoors and makes an effort to find the best gear, location, resorts and trails to enjoy. OAR then places their reviews online and pumps them through their social media channels. Flow Snowboarding caught up Schrader to talk about how he got started snowboarding, his first pair of Flows and how he ‘found his flow’ with OAR.

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

I was 14, it was on my parents property in Michigan, they owned 12 acres of land mostly hilly and my uncle had a bulldozer we used to clear some trees to make some sledding and ski runs. A good friend of mine just got a B*rt*n Air 151, and let me try it. I was hooked, got my first snowboard a few days later.
You have had the same Flow bindings since 2001 and still rock them on the hill from time to time. How did you start riding Flow?
I was 16yrs old, a sophomore in high-school, working as a life guard in summer. I was driving a VW vanagon I got for $600 and paid $350 for the Flows. The van died on me a little while later, but I still have the Flows.
Where was the most memorable place you remember taking those bindings?
I road trip I took when 18 from Michigan to Canada and along the east coast, hitting all the resorts we could in two weeks. That same trip I met Shaun Palmer at Sunday River resort in Maine.

What do you consider your home mountain to be?

I would say Keystone resort, I ride there the most and they have a good mix of everything.
You have had the same Flow bindings since 2001 and still rock them on the hill. 
What is your current riding set up? Boots Board(s) Bindings?
Flow Quantum 158, Flow NX2-AT bindings and Flow Talon boots. I also have the Flow Rush ABT 156 “Breast Board Ever” edition and a Maverick ABT 164.
Is there any where you are looking forward to riding this coming winter?
We have plans of taking the crew of OAR Heliboarding in Utah this winter. Super stoked for that and scouted some great new backcountry spots here in Colorado.
Tell us a little bit about your company Outdoor Research Adventure?
OAR is a testing and review company. It’s an idea I had for a long time and finally did something with it. We offer reviews on gear, trail reviews and updates, promote different events and try to help promote the companies we do testing for on our website and social media pages.
Is there anything else you would love to say to the Flow Snowboarding supporters out there?
Tell all your friends… Keep on riding and buying Flow Snowboarding Gear. Some of the best gear I have ever had.
Has your love of snowboarding ever led you to actually working in the snow sports industry? From weekend warrior riding to chasing a career or job through snowboarding? We want to know your stories. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Julianne O’Neill: Born in CA, Living the Dream in CO

Many of you knew her as Julianne Brackett, but now she is Mrs. O’Neill (Sorry gentlemen… haha). She was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, California but now resides with her husband in Frisco, Colorado in the middle of Summit County. Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Julianne O’Neill and talk about her roots riding in California, to her new life with Kevin in Colorado.

What was your first introduction to the mountains? 

My family and I have always been interested in board sports, so snowboarding was automatically more attractive then skiing. I started snowboarding when I was 9 years old. My Dad and older brother convinced me to go snowboarding with them. I thought it was a ridiculous idea and a waste of my time when I first went out, but then I ended up not wanting to go home.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding?

The first place I went snowboarding was Sierra-At-Tahoe.  That mountain turned into my home away from home. Sierra-At-Tahoe will always be my home mountain. That resort is like family. No matter where I am, I always have to make time to visit.

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

The Flow 146 Jewel is what I prefer to ride. It is a playful board with just the right amount of pop. I like snug boots that are a little stiffer than most. I ride so much that most boots break down faster than I’d like if they are too soft. I only ride with Flow bindings. All of them are great so you can’t go wrong. Each one is comfortable and snug. However, I usually choose to ride with the ISIS binding.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

Well, after a successful snowboard season I married my best friend, Kevin O’Neill. That is hands down my favorite memory.

Congratulations! Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Thanks! Married life has been a dream! Kev and I snuck away to the hot springs at Strawberry Park in Steamboat. It was perfect.

Any plans for little groms of your own down the road?

You have no idea how many people have asked me that question. Being that my parents popped us kids out right away and that I’m from a large family myself, most people ask if we’re having kiddos right away too. It makes me smile.  I think 4 or 5 would be the perfect number, but only God knows if Kev and I will have kiddos of our own. I sure hope so! I truly look forward to that season of my life! How great will that be!

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

I have been slacklining a lot lately. It is great balance training and I love the creativity it offers. I like to skate and stand up paddleboard as well.

You were recently at the Race the Lake of the Sky SUP event in Tahoe, and took 1st. What was that event like?

Race the Lake is by far my favorite Stand Up Paddleboard event. Everyone is able to participate in something. You are either racing, being a cheerleader from the beach or volunteering to help the event run smoothly. Every morning begins with the National Anthem sung by Sammi Bender. There is great camaraderie along with the excitement of winning the races you are in. Everyone is out on the water at some point, whether you are 60 or just a little guy, you are having fun. There are super competitive people, people who are in it for the fun of it, amateurs, and elite athletes. There is a beach filled with lots of smiles and happy people working hard at what they do. At the end of the day the sky catches fire with an amazing sunset. I try my best to go to the event every year. I wouldn’t want to miss out!

Anything else you’ve been up to this summer?

I have been up to many other things, but my favorite is just being with my husband and going on adventures with him. Kev is a photographer, so he always ends up taking me to the most beautiful places. I love it.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next year?

Honestly, I am looking forward to riding Park Lane at Breck most. The jumps are perfect. The only down side is that you get spoiled on such well made features.

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

The furthest I have traveled for snowboarding was to the Czech Republic. I went with a team from ASC (Auburn Ski Club) for an FIS event. I was able to get my top 24 for the Olympic Qualifying events, so I was pretty content with having gone.

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

My favorite place to travel unrelated to snowboarding is… THE BEACH. I couldn’t live without water.

What kind of music do you prefer riding to?

I prefer listening to innocent girly music when I ride. If I ride with what I normally listen to (Pop or Country), I end up becoming too into the music and then I forget what I’m doing. I know that sounds funny, but its true.

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

I mostly just want to say “thank you” to all of you who support Flow and my riding. It means a lot! Everyone, find your flow and stick with it!  XOXO!

From South Lake Tahoe, California to the peaks of Summit County, Colorado, O’Neill is living the dream. With all the slacklining, SUPing and skating, O’Neill is keeping her shape on point for the upcoming winter season. What are you all doing to strengthen your balance and core over the summer? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Flow Snowboarding 2014-2015 Website Launched

Are you ready for some new Flow Snowboarding hard and soft goods? Our new website has just launched. Our 2014-15 gear is on the shelves, waiting for a new home. Stop by our website and you can see what’s in store for you this winter.

What do you think of the 2014-2015 Flow line? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know.

Windells Camp Session 7: Tim Humphreys & Jon Overson

Summer snowboarding is winding down on Mt. Hood but the lads are still killing it up in Oregon. Check out this GoPro recap of Windells Camp Session 7 featuring our good friends Tim Humphreys & everyone’s favorite camp counselor Jon Overson.

The Pacific Northwest still has some snow to slide on. If you are chasing the snow on a glacier, indoors or south of the equator, let us know where you are. If not, what are doing over the summer as you bide your time until winter? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Dru Williams’ Film: Out Back – The Movie

Last winter Flow Ambassador Dru Williams and his friends pieced together this sweet backyard edit. Williams had just returned home from SnowSports Industries America (SIA), when it all came together.

“Once I arrived back in Salt Lake,” Williams said. “The ground was covered with over 3 feet of snow. Which meant my backyard park that my friends and I built was ready to be tested. Some of my other favorite moments from last season come directly from my backyard. Check it out here on my Vimeo channel… Out Back – The Movie.”

Stay tuned for another Out Back edit from Williams and the lads to be released later this summer. We will keep you posted when it launches.

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