Liz Kristoferitsch On Living In The Mountains

“Living in the mountains is an outstanding enrichment to my life. I am thankful for the possibility to be out there and to be a part of it. In addition to taking part in international freeride competitions, I truly enjoy sharing my experiences and love for winter sports by guiding and coaching” – Liz Kristoferitsch

Flow Snowboarding had the chance to connect with Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Liz Kristoferitsch and discovered where the foundation for her love of the mountains came from. You don’t really have to look too far beyond where she grew up. Kristoferitsch grew up with a big family in Graz, Styria in Austria. Freeriding and mountaineering are the two main passions of life for Miss Kristoferitsch.

What was life growing up in Austria like?

“I truly love these intense moments filled with nature, freedom, emotions and the elements. There is a feeling about this place with its long term friendships that is hard to compare. I really enjoy my current life in the Dalaas village at Arlberg, and I also feel comfortable in Innsbruck where I have lived for almost ten years.”

What do you consider to be your home mountain?

Since I´ve been living at Arlberg for so many years, it is the place that I know best. I love to ride here.

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

My freeride setup consists of Flow’s Hylite Focus boots, NX2-AT bindings and Rad Air Tanker 162 Board. I rarely switch and stick to my favorite set up.

Do you listen to music when you snowboard?

Sometimes I enjoy the sounds of the snow, sometimes I do listen to music. I kind of like to have one ear plug playing music. When it´s music it is either rock, punk, or very relaxing tones. 

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

It is a family tradition- as a child at the age of three you are put on skis. In 1992 I was allowed to make my own choice and bought a snowboard, a decision that influenced my life a whole lot.

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

At the age of 14 at Niederalpl, a small ski area in Styria. My friends and I all had boards but no clue about how to ride. It was quite a task but at the end of the day I had managed riding the t-bar and doing some turns. That made me really proud. For the next week every single muscle ached, it was so worth it.

How was the winter in Austria this past winter? 

Last season there was little amount of snowfall throughout the whole winter. Knowing where to go in the area was necessary to get some good turns. Still, I had some very good days in Austria riding powder. Only two hours south the amount of snow was tripled, so it was a good idea to go there some days.

For somebody planning their first snowboarding trip to Austria, what resorts should they definitely check out?

Arlberg, Austria and Maloja, Switzerland

What are some of your favorite apres ski activities?

Hot springs are fantastic.

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

I love quiet places near the sea. I’ve discovered Asia has such a great beach life.

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

My winter starts in November and lasts until May of June. In between I take a break for relaxing and summer activities like mountain biking and hiking. Some days I go up the mountain for blackberries and I can take time to visit my family, which is hardly possible during the winter season.

You are a seasoned veteran to competing in freeride contests. Do you still nervous during contests?

I used to be very nervous, could hardly eat a bite before my run. During the years I have developed routines on contest days that help me to concentrate better and be less nervous. Anyway, with the first turn any nervousness is gone and I enjoy the ride.

The competition podium are a familiar home for you. How much does placing in competitions matter to you?

Standing on the podium is always special and a great honor for me. Every year the field becomes stronger. The challenges continue to get bigger in freeriding. Standing on the podium after a competition feels good. That experience is worth a lot in the world of freeride competitions.

You took a trip to Mongolia last year. Tell us a little about your trip. 

In May 2013, I was part of an expedition to the Tavan Bogd mountain range in Mongolia. Hiking and skiing in this remote area where Mongolia boarders China and Russia turned out to be an amazing experience. Read more about Kristoferitsch’s Mongolia Trip: lizkristoferitsch.com/freeskiingmongolia/story.html

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

For a change I love skiing as well as mountain biking and hiking. When I am home I enjoy cooking, reading a good book and a glass of good wine.

Any words or thoughts you would like to say to the Flow Snowboarding customers and support?

Thank you for your amazing spirit!

Have you ridden in Austria yet? The Alps are home to some of the world’s greatest snowboarders and skiers. Where in the Alps have you been or like to go? Flow wants to know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Top 10 Useful Tools For Planning A Snowboarding Trip

The new chill in the air has you and your crew chomping at the bit to run to the hills. There are now 13 ski resorts open in North America. (Actually more now… Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is now open…) Winter is stealthily upon us and we at Flow Snowboarding could not be more exited.

You have your snowboard, bootsbindings and gear all packed up in your luggage bags and ready for your first voyage up the mountain. Flow Snowboarding wants to share with you 10 useful resources to stay on top of your snowboarding plans and trips this winter.

10. Facebook Snowboard Groups
Login to Facebook and search for the ski and snowboard groups in your area. There you can communicate with those in your area that you share the love of sliding on the snow with. Share your photos, find out about events and promotions, find people looking for carpooling options, find people to go ride with, make new friends that love snowboarding.

9. College & University Ski Clubs
If you are still a student, recent grad or alumni, take a look at your local colleges and universities. In most cases there are ski and snowboard clubs within these institutions of higher learning. Even the educated need a break to be up on a hill, away from the things of man. Find those other like minded souls that are more looking forward to their next trip up the hill, than what the professor is teaching them. Checking with your college and university advisers would be a best way to contact these individual clubs.

8. Ride Share Programs
Most major cities with a solid number of snowboarders (or even skiers) like Denver, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City or Seattle to name a few have ride share programs. Cities like Denver even have those massive lots just outside en route to the resorts, making it easier for people to coordinate a carpool up to the mountains. Carpooling not only frees up the traffic, but is also a great way to save money and meet new friends who share the stoke for snow.

7. Find My Friends
The Find My Friends application helps you locate your friends and identifies their exact location on the app’s navigational map. It is the perfect way to track where on the hill your friends ended up. If your party is late for a rendezvous or Apres-ski, you can see what run they are currently on. Find My Friends uses state-of-the-art Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to provide the most accurate, up-to-date locations in real-time.
For more information on Find My Friend, please visit:
For iPhone: www.apple.com/apps/find-my-friends/
For Android:  play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fsp.android.friendlocator&hl=en

6. The Weather Channel
It goes without saying, you need to know what the weather is. The most user friendly site for weather tracking is The Weather Channel’s website. It is a useful tool as they are very up to date with their weather forecasts, maps, videos, photos and news. How much snow (or sun) will there be? What is the next storm bringing? Plug in your city or zip code and find what is in store for the resort you plan on riding.
For more information on The Weather Channel, please visit www.weather.com

5. NOAA
What better way to track the snow than with the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)? NOAA is a solid go to resource for tracking weather and snowfall. Plug in your region, and you will get detailed short range and long term weather predictions. This site is as in depth as you want to drill into it. You can read the experts predictions of forecasts, watch infrared and satellite images, even animated sequences to track storm strength and trajectories. There are also quick links to road conditions.
For more information on NOAA, please visit: www.NOAA.gov

4. Your Local Department of Transportation
Depending on the state you are in, you might know it as CalTrans, CDOT, ODOT, WSDOT, WYDOT… They are your state’s Department of Transportation. Make sure you are familiar with these sites, especially if you plan on loading up the vehicle with your gear and road tripping it. There’s nothing worse then driving into a polar vortex and not being prepared. Road and highway closures are common in winter, even for the entire season. Knowing the roads ahead of you for your trip will also help you determine if you need a 4X4 or AWD, or if your good driving up your gas efficient 2WD whip. Make sure you are dialed into your local Department of Transportation.

3. Liftopia
Liftopia’s aim is for everyone to enjoy more of their time on the hills and in the mountains — from curious beginners to life-long athletes. They are the largest online marketplace for ski lift tickets. Their website allows you to scour the internet for some of the best lift ticket deals, via city, state, region and country. Their discounts on lift tickets range anywhere between 20% to over 50% off retail prices. If you are planning ahead for your ski trips, make sure you bookmark this page.
For more information on Liftopia, please visit www.liftopia.com 

2. There Is An App For That
Power in the palm of you hands. We live in a very digital age. Whether it is checking in with the resorts, storm tracking, finding lift deals or even discounted accommodations… search your Android or iPhone application store. You will find an app for that. Liftopia, NOAA and OnTheSnow (mentioned in the next tool) even have their own applications. Most major ski resorts also have their own personalized applications that offer promotions, GPS tracking to track your runs and distance ridden. Take a quick search in your Application Store on you smart phone. Find the apps that work best for you.

1. On The Snow
We mentioned 13 resorts are open as of today, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is set to open tomorrow on November 13th, with more resorts set to open this weekend. How do you keep track of all these resorts? One great resource is On The Snow as they stay up to date with snow reports, resort break downs, weather and even links to the live webcams at the resorts. They are also a great resource covering gear, news and travel. They also have an active and solid community on their forums. For mobile devices, they also have one of the most in depth resort and snow tracking application
For more information, please visit: www.OnTheSnow.com
For iphone: itunes.apple.com/us/app/ski-snow-report/id300412347?mt=8
For Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skireport&hl=en

Is all your snowboarding gear still in working shape? Do you need an upgrade on your bindingsboots or snowboard? Maybe a board bag or luggage to transport all your gear? Of course Flow Snowboarding has you covered. Check out our online shop, now offering free shipping for orders over $100.

Please connect with us at Flow Snowboarding and share your photos via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and do not forget to tag us at Flow. Who knows… you might win out Photo of the Week contest.

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Flow’s Dale Rehberg in Snowboard Magazine’s Surf the Snow

Surf The Snow: Part 2 – Dale Rehberg’s Darwin Theory from Snowboard Magazine on Vimeo.

Have you had a chance to check out the interview Snowboard Magazine did with Flow Snowboarding Marketing Director Dale Rehberg? Rehberg discusses quiver filling, the new Darwin powder snowboard and Darwin Theory.

“Right now I’m riding a Flow Darwin board,” said Rehberg. “Which is a powder specific, niche board and I love it. It’s kind of a collaboration between myself and Mike Basich and it worked really well today.”

Are you ready for the powder season? Where do you ride on a powder day? We want to see your photos! Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Flow Snowboarding Micron Caleb Bonneville 2014 Video Edit

Check out this video edit of 11 year old Flow Snowboarding Micron Caleb Bonneville. It was filmed at Northstar at Tahoe last season. Caleb’s no fear approach to life encompasses everything he does. From his snowboarding to motocross and skateboarding… this kid is quickly growing up to be a force to be reckoned with.

Flow Snowboarding works closely with their Micron Team to help develop the next generation of snowboarders. Do you think you or your little one has what it takes to join the Flow Snowboarding Micron Team? Share with us your clips, photos and video edits on social. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding & #FindYourFlow

Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Philipp Kundratitz at Stubai Prime Park Session

Check out the latest video edit from Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Philipp Kundratitz at the Stubai Prime Park Session in Austria. Have you read the profile piece Flow Snowboarding did on Philipp Kundratitz yet?
Check it out here: http://bit.ly/flow-tw-bl-pkundratitz

The Alps are the training grounds for some of the greatest snowboarders out there. With all the glaciers and easy access to all the European indoor slopes, it’s hard not to grow up riding the slopes.

All these snowboarding videos has all of us at Flow Snowboarding ready for winter. Are you? Where are you planning on getting your first tracks this 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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Jason “Jay” Gretzinger Within The Meccas of Backcountry

Before winter is in full effect in the Northern Hemisphere, Flow Snowboarding took the opportunity to interview Flow Team Athlete Jason Jay Gretzinger of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. If we waited until the snow was flying, Gretzinger typically unplugs from the matrix, loads up his snowmobile and ventures off into the BC backcountry. If you ever wanted to venture off the resort and see the kind of riding a snowmobile could take you to… cruise along with Jay Gretzinger.

You are originally from Edmonton, Alberta…. How long have you been living in Nelson, BC? Do you ever see yourself living elsewhere?

Yes, the good old flat lands. Edmonton is a rad place if you like to jib, but the backcountry was calling. I first moved to Whistler and spent two years there. I realized it was too crowded and sent it into the sticks. I have been in Nelson for two and a half years now. The only other place I could see myself living would be Revelstoke or Pemberton, BC. The meccas of backcountry terrain.

Describe what like in Nelson, BC in the winters and summers.

Nelson is rad, very easy going small town mentality. The hippies here keep things natural. Probably like some small towns in Colorado, from what I have heard. The winter is awesome here. We get that blower interior powder and when you go out sledding/touring you only run into maybe five people at most in the zone. Not 60+ like in Whistler. This makes for a bit more technical navigating out there because you are usually the one breaking trail and finding your way through the trees. But I love that shit. Summertime is full of festivals, lakes and partying. It’s good.

What do you consider your home mountain to be?

The powder highway, I would say. All the mountain ranges between Nelson and Revelstoke are amazing. However, I did buy my first season pass for a resort in the past four years. The spot is Whitewater. Absinthe Films does shooting there every year. Pretty cool spot. Small, but lots of touring access.

Did you ski before you starting riding?

Never. Snowboarding from the start…

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

Edmonton on a hill called Rabbit Hill. Point it and your at the bottom in 30 seconds. Haha… But we sure had a sick park. I am now 27 years old. I know not that old, but this industry makes that feel old sometimes.

Who were our influences growing up snowboarding?

John Jackson was and still is the shit. He rides the mountain like he owns it. Jeremy Jones, but not his street riding more his backcountry stuff. I absolutely loved the Robot Food Videos as well. David Benedeck was the man! Was so disappointed when they stopped making those videos.

What is your current ride setup? Does your setup differ from park to powder riding?

The Rush ABT 158 and Black Out ABT 159 for snowboards. The Rush for pow in the trees, pillows and fluffy jumps. The Black Out for high speed chutes, lines and bigger cheese wedge style jumps. The new Hybrid Strap binding has got me hooked. Love the Toe strap, feels like your more sucked into the binding. It helps a lot for technical tree/ pillow riding. Boots… I rock the Talon Focus, a very waterproof and solid boot. Crucial for overnight missions. 

You mentioned you just got a new sled? What did you pick up?

Yes just picked up a 2012 Summit X Skidoo 800 163 track. It has been well overdue, as my old sled has lasted me five years and was holding me back from getting into places I wanted to get into. Can’t wait for the snow now.

Any words of wisdom for anyone looking to get into snowmobiling and trekking into the backcountry?

Take an avy course. I would suggest AST level 2. Weather patterns are getting more drastic making for bad avalanche conditions. I would also suggest going out with someone with experience to show you the ropes. With sledding there are a lot of variables that can go sideways fast. Leaving you stranded sometimes 50+ km out. Not to scare anyone looking to go out, you just have to think about your environment a bit more then if you were riding a resort.

Where is the furthest you have traveled to snowboard?

Thompson Pass, Alaska for the Tailgate Alaska event. Made for a good time surrounded by some pretty awesome terrain.

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

Well to be honest my summer is a pretty full on with work, so I can ride in the winter. Traveling around home, camping in the bush and exploring the backcountry would be where I love to travel to.

What are some of your other summer activities?

I also skate and longboard when I can.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

A cabin mission off the Duffy Lake area north of Pemberton, BC. We call it the Zen Zone. It is this unreal bowl with big lines, cliffs and Mini Golf sections. That’s all I can tell you. 

Where are you looking forward to riding this upcoming season?

Well there is still so much to explore just in my back door. As I said from Nelson to Revelstoke holds world class terrain for backcountry. Theres a lot out there and I’ve only scratched the surface. If you’ve heard of the Campo’s brothers and have seen some of there footage. Well that’s the kind of riding Im talking about. Outside of the interior of BC I would like to check out more around Pemeberton and north up the coast to Bella Coola. If you’ve seen Sherpa’s Cinema’s “ Into The Mind” you’ll know the terrain Im talking about.

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

To push my limits on big mountain riding. I feel that Big mountain riding is the be all end all of snowboarding. You play your cards wrong out there and you may not come out of it alive. I now sounds crazy but for an adrenaline junkie that’s what you strive for. I want to do it for myself. My own accomplishment. Even if no one is there taking pictures or filming I still want to step it up cause I think it’s the shit!

Do you ride with music or an mp3 player? If yes, what are you normally listening to?

Not usually, it’s not the best habit in the backcountry because you want to always be aware of whats going on around you. I jam to a variety of tunes but on the resort I would jam to electronic instrumental type of music of various types.

You were involved in a film with Nuulife Cinema that was up this week for the Whistler Blackcomb Coldfront weekly battle… Tell us a bit more about working with Nuulife Cinema on this last film? Where can people catch the film?

I was! Well most of the footage in that video came from throughout the season. I’ve been filming with the Nuulife boys for 5 or 6 years now. They’re an awesome crew to work with. They are in it for the love of it. John Swystun and David Craig go balls out all season just working for the shot on a shoe string budget. I;ve been working lately more with David Craig as he is the one with the sled and the sledneck skills. If you can oicture a redneck sledneck that would be David Craig. He’ll be the one breaking the trail then getting stuck and loosing his mind. Always entertaining.

Filming with Nuulife last season was awesome. We did a cabin missions into the Zen Zone that I referred to earlier and got some great shots and had a good ol redneck time. They also came out to my zone out in Nelson and I got to show them some of my favorite spot. Also did some exploring out in Revelstoke. That was a tough time because we had no guide and were using google earth to figure out where to go. Wiley Tesseo and Gord Emery were also on the crew and are amazing backcountry shredders.

WILDLIFE – full movie from NuuLife Cinema on Vimeo.

Here’s a link to Nuulife Cinema’s movie from last season called “Wildlife.” Their video from this year hasn’t come out yet but should be dropping anytime now. I’ll keep you posted!

Are you working again this winter with the Nuulife Cinema crew?

Yes I’ll probably be working with those boys from as long as I board. Those guys are my bros.

How did you start working with Flow Snowboarding?

My man Ricky Hunt also known as Ricky Styles hooked me up with my first Flow set up. At the time I rode for Freeride Boardshop out of Penticton, BC and he was the Flow rep. Rob Burnett owner of the shop said I should try the gear out and the rep was looking for a guy to get on the program. So I tried the gear out and was hooked from the first day.

Within the season of riding the gear I won 3 local contests. And I know the gear was a big part of that. Flow bindings for a rail jam format kill it because you are in and out so fast, you can lap the competition.

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

Do it for yourself first. Don’t compromise what you love about the sport because someone else says you should do it. Now that doesn’t mean be a rebel and get your hate on, still take advice… but do what you love to do. Things will come to you when you are in your element.

That’s when you’ll ride the best and progress your skills. Good habits like eating well, exercise, and working hard will always get you ahead of the game. Also something I’ve learned through many injuries, is heal right. Give yourself the time and follow through with proper physio so you don’t develop chronic injuries that will definitely affect your future riding abilities. Longevity is key.

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

So far just Nuulife Cinemas project. Protect Our Winters is a great organization I got to be a part of a few years ago with a shot from Tailgate Alaska in the calendar.

Any final words for the Flow customers or followers?

I think what’s really important right now in the whole world of snowboarding is sticking to the roots. Follow the companies, videos and friends that do it for what’s real not just to impress the rest of the scene. The industry is going through tough times and the ones who are going to shine are the ones who are in it for the right reasons. I know Flow is one of those companies.

Are any of you gals and guys slednecks as well as snowboarders? What powdery goodness have your snowmobiles taken you? Flow Snowboarding would love to see your shots from the backcountry. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Kickstarter for Definition: Snowboarding a Film by Matt Devino

Definition: Snowboarding is a feature length documentary about what snowboarding means to those who live it. Filmmaker Matt Devino is currently running a Kickstarter to get the project off the ground. This documentary film project explores the definition of snowboarding from the perspective of those who live it.

The film has been a passion project of Devino’s for the past year, working on it without any funding of any kind. The goal of Definition: Snowboarding is to show the public just how amazing Snowboarding is, hopefully inspiring people to go snowboarding for the first time, and reinvigorating people who already ride to get out there and ride their boards.

Devino has been interviewing some of Snowboarding’s biggest names for the film, filming snowboarding footage exclusively for the film, and now it’s time to raise funds to complete the film. Devino need funds for things such as travel to locations to film exciting new Snowboarding footage exclusively for the film, and paying for camera crew and editor time. This round of funding is looking exclusively for production funds so Devino can get out there and film some amazing footage for the film this winter. Definition: Snowboarding will be an in-depth look into all of the genres of snowboarding through the eyes of those who live it.

“We plan to create a film with the support of core snowboarding that will welcome the general public into our lives,” said Devino, “…and to share the complete picture of riding rather that just the homogenized competitive X Games style of riding most people associate with snowboarding. Ultimately, we want to inspire new people to go snowboarding for the first time, and reinvigorate current riders to get out there and enjoy their boards more often and continue to live the dream.”

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.

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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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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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