Flow Snowboarding Micron Sophia Capua January Video Edit

How old were you when you started riding? Flow Snowboarding Micron team athlete Sophia Capua is only 6 years old and is gaining confidence on her board every day. Here is her January edit. It has a little bit of everything for the little ones to stoke their fire to ride; urban jibbing, powder riding, competition riding… Sophia is proving it is never to early to “Find Your Flow.”

Have you had a chance to watch Sophia Capua’s season opener edit?
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Also check out this December recap above of Sophia edited by the Capua Clan on Vimeo.

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7 Questions With Sarka Pancochova

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Sarka Pančochová has been travelling all over the globe this winter. We had the opportunity to catch up with Pancochova this week to see how her winter travels and snowboarding have been going.

How has the start to your winter been and where have you been riding?

I went all over the place. November was little bit early for my knee to start riding. Instead I went to California… surfed and went rock climbing. I spent most of December in Breckenridge, CO getting my feet back. It has been going pretty great so far.

Breck. Nice. Who have you been riding with up there?

Mostly with my roommates Celia Miller and Sandra Hillen. Also Cheryl Maas came to visit and we took some fun runs.

What kind of training and rehab were you doing for your knee in order to get back to competing?

I have been biking, surfing, rock climbing and also going to gym a lot. Mostly balance exercises. It’s going pretty great. I’m slowly coming back to feel like myself on my board again.

You were in Kreischberg, Austria for the FIS World Championships, right?

The course was really slushy and then got super icy. I ended up pulling out. I needed more time to get back and get my tricks together. I wanna be 100% killing it when I compete.

What’s next on the agenda? Where are you planning on travelling to or riding?

X Games, the European Open and US open. I am going to Turkey ride some pow in February. I am also planning on going to Mt. Baker for the Banked Slalom. A lot of powder riding and filming this year. I can’t wait.

Are there any other events or film shoots of note you want to mention?

I am trying to work on my own thing. Film little bit this year and see what happens. I want to include all my friends and have lot of fun.

You have joined Protect Our Winters project. What would you like to say about your work with POW?

I always feel like I need to do more for the environment. The snowboarding I do is not the most clean sport so I try to make up for it everywhere else. Protect Our Winters is great way to get people involved and educate about how they can help.

Have you had a chance to check out the Sarka Pančochová film BOB’s On Tour (CLICK HERE) or her Winter 2013-14 edit (CLICK HERE)? Pancochova is up in Colorado for X Games and the rest of the Flow Snowboardinlg crew is headed to Colorado too for SIA in Denver. If you are going to be at SIA , swing by and say hey. Let us know via social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and #FindYourFlow

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Special Olympic Athlete Daina Shilts Partnered Up With Hannah Teter At X-Games Dual Slalom

Flow Snowboarding and Wisconsin’s Special Olympic Athlete Daina Shilts started snowboarding seven years ago and this week she is one of ten Special Olympians participating in the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado.

“I wanted something a little more challenging and a little more fun,” Daina said in an interview with WSAW-TV, the local Wisconsin CBS affiliate.

“I just wanna be really active. I don’t like sitting around and doing nothing. It really bothers me.”

“I absolutely love it,” Daina said of snowboarding. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Daina will be competing in the Dual Slalom, partnered with Hannah Teter in the first ever unified sports Special Olympics today. Competing is nothing new to Daina. She was also in South Korea competing in 2013, bringing home a gold and two silver medals.

“I met Hannah in South Korea and I am looking forward to seeing her again,” said Daina. “She has always been a big role model to me and I am pumped to be riding with her.”

“Working with The Special Olympics has been an absolute blast,” said Tyler Daigler of Flow Snowboarding.

“Daina is a top notch athlete and helping her be more competitive with highly advanced Flow gear has been a privilege. All of us at Flow are rooting for her today.”

Daina and the Shilts family went up a couple days early to Aspen to do some freeriding, well before the the X-Games got started.

“The whole trip has been really fantastic,” Daina said. “I am having an absolute blast. I have been riding Aspen Snowmass a lot, doing laps from the top to the bottom. So much fun.”

“I want to thank everybody at Flow. I love Flow snowboards I’ve been a Flow boarder ever since I started riding. I once tried another board and it wasn’t the same. Amazing snowboards, boots and bindings. Every time I am out on the hill, I keep receiving complements on my gear.”

Are any of you up at Aspen, Colorado for X-Games? We would love to see your photos of the event. Or even conditions on the hill up there. Share your photos with us. Engage with us here at Flow Snowboarding on social media. Don’t forget to tag us and use the hashtags #FlowSnowboarding and #FindYourFlow

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

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Cees Wille in Connect The Dots by Postland Theory

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Cees Wille is in the latest film by Postland Theory called Connect The Dots. Wille is featured alongside Max De Vries, Max Zebe, Simon Houlind and Olie Dutton.

To download the whole movie, check out Postland Theory’s website at: www.postlandtheory.com

Did you get a chance to read the interview Flow Snowboarding did with Cees Wille? Read the interview we did with Cees Wille’s visit to the United States from The Netherlands HERE.

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Top 10 Tips For The Park

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Flow Snowboarding Global Ambassador Dru Williams hitting the park at Brighton.

The parks at all the local ski resorts are getting dialed in and every snowboarder on the hill is working on their progression. Here at Flow Snowboarding, we want you to be on point when it comes to your park etiquette in order to keep you safe and with the Flow when you drop into the park line. We all want to be able to show our friends, ski bunnies and significant others what we can do on a snowboard. Just because you can ride through the park, does not mean you RIDE through the park without knowing what you are doing. Here are a few tips to keep you park savvy at the resorts.

10. Know your ability.
Be honest with yourself. Only you will know if you are ready to ride the park. Most hills offer progression or kiddy parks to get you started for a reason. Just because you are a big boy (or big girl) doesn’t mean riding the big park will come easy to you.

9. Watch other rider’s approaches to features in the park.
Watching other riders speed as they approach jumps and jibs will give you a great pace to ride through the park. Following someone more familiar with the park will help you Find Your Flow, so to speak.

8. Respect the lineup, follow the Flow (Pun Intended).
As you line up for the features, notice if the riders ahead of you are lining up. Cutting this lineup for a feature is similar to snaking a wave on a locals only surf break. This typically can lead to an altercation, especially in a crowded park.

7. Do not hop on a feature until the person ahead of you has landed his trick.
We are all eager to get our runs in, but patience is a virtue. Plus there is no telling whether or not the person ahead of you will stomp or wreck on the feature. Better safe than sorry. Delaying a few seconds could help you from unnecessary collisions.

6. Do not drop into a jump line without keeping an eye on the rider jumping in front of you.
This is similar to the last tip but should also be noted. Make sure the rider or skier ahead of you is continuing down the jump line. If you do not see them reappear from the transition to the next jump, err on the side of caution when approaching the jump you saw them on last.

5. Speed check jumps ahead of time.
Hitting any jump blind for the first time without a lead to follow is begging for trouble. The best way to avoid this is to speed check a jump before hitting it. This will allow you to gauge the appropriate speed and pop needed to clear the knuckle.

4. Never sit on a landing.
This goes without saying and most of you get it. But you would be surprised how many times people ignore this rule. Clear the landing ASAP if you wreck, you are sitting in a landing zone.

3. Look out for each other.
Like in a pit at a concert or in a crew at the local skate park, make sure your fellow snowboarders are taken care of. If you happen to notice someone going down in the park, be the good Samaritan and make sure they are OK. Block a jump or make hand signals to let other riders know if the rider is safe and clear if there is a blind spot.

2. Start small and work your way up to the larger features.
If you are uncomfortable riding a bigger park or larger features, continue to work on your progression in the smaller parks until you get comfortable. Yes, we all want to say we rode the larger parks… but we all want to walk away from a day of snowboarding healthy,

1. Listen to music in one ear only
If you listen to music when you ride, as a good rule, keep one earbud in your downhill ear only. Having the ability to hear other riders and skiers coming up behind you, or if someone is trying to get your attention is very important in the park.

Can you think of any other tips for snowboarders in the park? Sound out! We at Flow Snowboarding want to hear from you. Please reach out to us via Social Media, tag us and use the hashtags #FlowSnowboarding #FindYourFlow

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Max Zipser 3rd Overall For Line of the Year


Max Zipser nominated for Line of the year from M-Line Freeski TV on Vimeo.

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Max Zipser recently placed 3rd place and won 1st place the jury selection for Line of the Year.

“I called the Line La Rampa, as it has had obviously no name yet,” Zipser explained. “It is located in the Ötztaler alps. As I’m out there quite often, I am always looking for something new and untouched. That line came into my eyes and I was immediately on fire to do that descent.”

“The chute ends over a 500 feet cliff and is very narrow and steep with an exit just as much as you need to pass with a snowboard. The tricky thing is to be fast enough in the upper part not to get washed out with the sluff you release and then make the connection to the lower and less exposed part of the line. Being patient is one of the most important things in the mountains and finally I’m super happy that I could ride La Rampa in such good snow conditions but stable enough not to shit my pants while climbing up.”

“To be placed 1st by the Jury of the Line Of The Year Award and coming 3rd overall was a big reward! It was a great event and it`s always cool to get together with people who share the same passion!”

To read the previous interview Flow did with Max Zipser click: HERE

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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.

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Flow Snowboarding: Era Snowboard Giveaway

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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


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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