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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On The Road with Micah Hoogeveen

Flow Snowboarding’s Micah Hoogeveen has had a busy summer. Over the summer, Hoogeveen was working as a fireman in Colorado and ended up doing some time with a hotshot crew out of Idaho. Already accustomed to life on the road, his hotshot crew was always on the go in Idaho and even headed over to Northern California to help battle the massive King Fire. Battling his last fire, Hoogeveen was injured, but expected to make a full recovery. Feel free to hit him up on social for words of encouragement as he heals up and rehabs in preparation for the winter. Flow Snowboarding had a moment to catch up with Hoogeveen during his unexpected down time. Here is the interview below.

Where is home for you?

On the road, but I get my mail sent to my parents house in Grand Junction, CO were I grew up.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding?

A little resort outside of Grand Junction, Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Did you ever ski, or have you always snowboarded?

No two planking for this guy, just boardin’.

What is your current board, boots and bindings set up? Does it change from freeride to freestyle?

The 159 Whiteout is my everyday board, rips everything from, jumps, rails, and pow.

The NX2′s are my go to bindings for everything, lots off response, ad enough flex to ride anything

The Hylite Focus are my boots of choice, perfect flex for all types of riding. The Vibram sole is perfect for hiking gnarly lines and sledding.

The 156 Darwin best pow deck you can by, then on those days you want to ride the resort and rail some turns it will do that too. The Augmented Base Technology – ABT makes it feel like you are riding a pillow on the snow. It will hit jumps and rails too.

Who were your influences in snowboarding growing up?

Ryan Robinson, Casey Woodmansee, Chad Tolley, and the Un..Inc. crew.

What do you consider your home mountain to be?

Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Where is your favorite place to ride?

Valdez, AK on Thompson pass. That place is unreal. It’s a boarder’s mecca up there. So much terrain to be had and I wish I had the time or money to ride it all.

What’s lasting memory from last season?

One memory that stands out is the trip I took with Ben Gevalda from Transworld. Just a small crew of good buddies chasing pow around Montana, cramming 6 dudes in a hotel room, riding till you can’t see, broken sleds, exploring new terrain, and party laps with your friends in pow everyday. Trips you read about growing up in the magazines and what snowboarding is all about.

Any place you are looking forward to riding next season?

Summit at Snowqualmie and Alpental east of Seattle, WA. It’s one of my favorite resorts to ride. Amazing terrain, lots of pow, a great park, and a cool mountain nostalgia. I’m fortunate to get to ride for this mountain and I look forward to going back every season.

What are some of your favorite places to ride? 

Summit at Snowqualmie, Silverton Resort, Montana (the whole state), Brighton to name a few. Anywhere I can find enough snow to go boardin’ on.

Do you ride with any music, or an mp3 player? If so, what music typically finds its way onto your mix?

I try not to ride with it in the backcountry but on mellow days at a resort I’ll be rocking some Metal. Red Fang, Sabbath, Slayer, Witch, and a little bit of hip hop mixed in there.

Tell us a little bit about The Impaler film you’ve been plugging…

Well I met Brett Spur, one of the filmmakers this last season. I went on an amazing trip with he and some buddies from the TransworldSnow trip.  We found some crazy new zones, built some jumps, and had tons of fun party boarding and doing some filming in the process. I got to see a sneak peek of a section of the film and its going to be pretty heavy. Lots of talented street boarders doing some heavy rails, drops, and gaps throughout the Midwest. These guys put two years into this project and it shows. I’m excited to have a small part in the film doing some powder ‘boardin. The film premieres this weekend in Minnesota so go to the-impaler.com to find a spot where its premiering near you.

Do you have any films or projects coming up this winter?

I do. I will be meeting up with Brett Spur and a couple other buddies up in Montana and we a going to do a project about our adventures this next season. I’m pretty excited about this season cause the last couple have been tough trying to get everything to fall into place. It is in the infancy stages right now but should be a project to watch.

You work as a fireman during the summer. Tell us a little about your firefighting this summer.

It was a pretty random fire season for me this year. I started in May working in Colorado and they had a pretty quiet season this year. So I ended up getting offered a 21 day job with a Hot Shot crew out of Idaho. I got there at the end of July and pretty much went from 0 to 100 miles per hour. We got on quite a few fires in Idaho then headed to Northern California and stayed there for two weeks then back Idaho again for a fire then back to California for the King Fire. The King Fire had some wild fire behavior and my season got cut a little short do to an incident with a tree.  It ended up being almost two months on the crew and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m hoping to make a full recovery from the injury to my leg and be back for the Colorado preseason boardin.

Other than firefighting has your summer been? Have you had a chance to travel much? Or catch up with some summer activities?

Firefighting pretty much consumes my summers. I did fall in love with river surfing. I suck at it but I like a good challenge and it’s the closest thing to shredding pow that I can do during the summer. I do get to do a lot of traveling and camping where only a few people have ever been with firefighting during the summer. Getting flown in by helicopter to work and camp is pretty sweet.

How did you get involved working with Flow?

Jordan Zdanek, who is a regional rider for FLOW, started riding for Greg Oakley, who is the regional sales rep for the Rocky Mountain region, and put me in touch with Greg. Jordan and I lived together in Summit County in Colorado in 2010 and helped Greg out at demos. During the next couple seasons, we worked our way up the sponsorship ladder. The rest is history.

Any advice to riders looking to get noticed or sponsored?

Love Snowboarding! It is why we all do it. It can make any crappy day fun and beats any day behind a desk. Work hard, it’s a trait that people take for granted nowadays and if you put the work in, it will payoff. Stay positive, your head can be your greatest asset or your worst enemy. Do it because you want to. Companies like to see someone who is passionate about boardin’. It will show in your riding and show people how much fun you can have snowboarding.

Are there any events, projects or causes that you are involved with that you would like to give some exposure to?

I’m really stoked to be apart of the A-Rob Banked Slalom that benefits the A-Rob Plant A Seed Project. The Plant A Seed project is a non-profit that helps get underprivileged kids on the slopes for their first time and introduces them to the fun they can have snowboarding. Aaron Robinson was a good buddy and snowboarder who passed away in 2011 in Chile and it was started do to his dream to get everyone snowboarding. All the proceeds from the slaloms at Big Sky and Alpental go to the Plant A Seed Project to buy new equipment for the kids, food, and to get them to the mountain. It’s an awesome event to race your friends on a fun course that also benefits an amazing cause. Check out www.facebook.com/SmashLifeBankedSlalom for all of the details on the slalom and the A-Rob Plant A Seed Project.

Any last words for Flow’s followers and customers?

GO BOARDIN’!

Do any of you offer your free time for civil service and battle wildfires like Micah Hoogeveen? What activities and hobbies keep you busy and active over the summer until the snow flies? Do you keep riding by skating & surfing? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Don’t forget to send Micah Hoogeveen some “Get Well Soon” wishes via social.

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

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Where was your favorite place to travel re: Snowboarding?

Erik: Now that I live in Utah, I love going back home to the Midwest. We also take a birthday trip to Mammoth’s opening weekend every year, and that’s always a good time.

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

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

Erik: Costa Rica to surf. We did that for a couple weeks ago last winter and are planning on going back this year. Can’t wait.

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

Where are you looking forward to riding this coming winter?

Erik: I haven’t made any big travel plans yet, but definitely Brighton and maybe some pow days at Snowbird.

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

What activities and hobbies over the summer have you been doing to keep in riding shape?

Erik: Jon and I were Windells campers for a couple years when we were young. Then, Flow had a signature session which allowed us to be the featured riders of the week. We ran a lot of the off hill activities and ended up meeting the Head Counselor, Cody Lee. The next year we applied and got the job.

Jon: Yup, I’ve spent the last nine summers of my life up at Mount Hood. Most of which were as a camper, then as a guest rider and eventually a counselor.

Erik:  Hood is pretty darn perfect. In good health, I work at Windells and get to snowboard all year round. I also love to surf, but I suck at it. Other than that, riding my road bike, playing soccer, and skateboarding. Just bought a 1974 Honda CB200 motorcycle too, so that’s gonna take up a lot of my time.

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

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

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

Erik: Back in school now at the University of Utah. Loading up on credits so I can take an easy load this winter.

Is there anything else you would like to say to Flow Snowboarding supporters and customers?

Erik: We all know Flow, (bindings especially) have gotten some hate over the years, and I find it kind of ironic. A lot of the haters are the same guys preaching that snowboarding is all about fun. To me, Flow’s bindings are just a different (faster) way to attach boarders to their snowboards. Their products keep getting better and better, and they’ve supported Jon and I since the beginning. For that, I’m glad to be working with such a sick, original, snowboarding company.

Erik has found himself back on a more traditional Pop-Cam camber to his board by riding the White Out, while his brother Jon has been rocking the Chill & Verve with the I-Rock and EZ-Rock profile. What style of camber and profile are you riding nowadays? Is it the same camber for freeriding as it is for freestyling? We want to know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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.
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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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All Systems Goverson: Featuring Erik & Jon Overson

Watch Flow Snowboarding Global Ambassadors Jon and Erik Overson riding last season at Brighton and Park City, Utah in their edit series. These videos were filmed and edited by Seamus Foster. Click below for edit 2:

Are all these videos torturing you like they are me? Winter is on its way, but not soon enough. In the meantime check out our website for the new 2014-15 gear to get even more stoked for the upcoming winter season. Let us know what you think of the new line. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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.
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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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