What Snowboarding Has Given Bas Elhorst

“Snowboarding has been my life so far. I wake up with snowboarding and go to bed with it, I breathe snowboarding. Snowboarding has done so many good things for me. I cannot even name them all.” -Bas Elhorst

Flow Snowboarding Global Ambassador Bas Elhorst has been riding the greater part of two decades now, with most of that time being winter resident of Arlberg, Austria in the Alps. Elhorst had an internship up in Alaska at H20 guides as a heli-operator and has completed his Austrian Snowboard guiding course Snowboard Führer. The knowledge that Elhorst acquired from Snowboard Führer allows him to guide other snowboarders into the backcountry of the Alps.

“I am not a conventional guide that shows the typical places where everybody can go down symmetrical in a row,” explained Elhorst on his website. “My style of guiding is about giving your own input and stimulating a learning process. It is about forecasting avalanches, awareness, fun and most of all safety.”

Elhorst started as an instructor, would shoot films and also entered in competitions. As Elhorst started to compete in more FIS boardercross and Freeridecross events, he began allocating more focus on competing. Upon being invited into the Freeride World Qualifying Series in Europe, he made competing in the Freeride World Series one of his goals.

“In order to reach the top of the Freeride World Tour I am doing a lot of fitness, surfing and cycling,” said Elhorst on his website.

Flow Snowboarding had a chance to shoot a few questions across the globe to Bas Elhorst; see how his summer is going, recap his winter, get an update on the rehab of his broken ankle, and what he’s looking forward to next season.

Where are you originally from? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Amsterdam and moved to Austria when I was 18.

Where do you currently live?

I live half of the year in the Netherlands, on the border of Amsterdam, the other half of the year I live in Austria in the Arlberg area.

Where was your first trip to the mountains to go ski/snowboard? What Resort

That was in Gries, a tiny village in the Ötztal area.

Did you grow up skiing first or have you always been snowboarding?

I first grew up skiing in the holidays, my first snowboard experience was when I was 14 on an old B#rT#n 164 alpine board with a big “Legalize It” sticker.

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

My favorite board is definitely the Maverick 164, which is a true high speed all mountain machine, but I started to appreciate the Darwin 157 more and more last winter, because it was so mellow on my ankle that I broke last winter. I also love to ride the Maverick 161 for riding kickers and playing in the powder.

The boots I have been riding are the Talon Focus, they give me a solid support that I need and they are just the perfect fit for my feet.

For the bindings I really do love NX2 GT with their new strap technology and they are not too stiff for my liking.

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

The Arlberg, Austria

Being in the Alps, do you normally take advantage of all the glacier summer snowboarding, or do you take a break in the off season?

No, I love the break in between.

You have been recovering from an injury last season, right? What happened?

I broke my right ankle on a run to Lech on one of the few powder days we had last season. I misjudged a spine that I wanted to jump, I jumped it too much straight instead to the left, and landed on a big rock at the end of a big rock field. It could have been much worse though.

How is the recovery going?

Really well, I can run, surf and mountain bike without any troubles. Only when skateboarding, I still have to be careful though.

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

My favorite other hobby is Surfing, but I got myself more into mountain biking last winter for the recovery of my ankle and I must say that it’s also a very addictive sport I like. I do like the adrenaline and adventures part of all these sports.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

Riding with the Gnarlberg Steinbocks in Italy, we found a great resort that I would like to keep a secret. They have the best couloirs and bowls with lift access. It was a bit of a risky weekend, but so much fun.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next year?

I am looking forward to riding with friends on those crazy powder days, to explore new mountains and to guide my guests and show them the most wonderful runs they can imagine.

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

I worked for a season at H2O guides in Alaska, Valdez.

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

I love Sumatra Indonesia, because it is still pure and they have so many good waves.

What kind of music do you prefer riding to?

No music. Love the sound of the popcorn and wind around my head.

Any advice you would like to give to all the aspiring younger snowboarders out there?

Do what you love, and don’t take it to serious, it’s just snowboarding.

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

I am very grateful for the Flow support and the people that buy the Flow products, without them I would have been bankrupt with all the gear that I trash when I am out there riding. The products improved a lot over the years and Flow takes the riders feedback very serious. On a long-term base I would love to get even more involved with the product design and R&D.

BY FAIR MEANS – lost tales from gnarlberg (subtitles) from Elmar Strotmann on Vimeo.

Bas Elhorst emphasized the importance of backcountry and avalanche training and education prior to starting his venture as a snowboarding guide. Have any of you completed your appropriate backcountry education yet? Let us know where you studied avalanche and backcountry saftey. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Definition: Snowboarding Trailer II


Matt Devino released his second trailer for his upcoming feature length documentary film Definition: Snowboarding. Check out this trailer and you will see some familiar faces from the Flow Snowboarding family.

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

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

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

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

For more information on the film Definition: Snowboarding please visit:
www.definitionsnowboarding.com
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For more information on filmmaker Matt Devino please visit:
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www.twitter.com/matt_devo
www.facebook.com/mattdevino1

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

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AREA-241 UPDATE…

 

Area-241 update with Flow's Mike Basich

Area-241 Lake Tahoe, California.  September 2012:

Mike Basich has reported a few flakes here and there nothing much but the progress on the chairlift at his 40 acre ranch on Donner Summit is going pretty good.  A few glitches here and there but nothing that’s going to stop them.  Concrete has been poured, towers have been put in and the job is getting done.  Stay tuned about the progress and a chance to be there for opening day…

FLOW REGAINS SPONSORSHIP TITLE…

Flow Tailgate Alaska 2013

Flow Tailgate Alaska will return to Thompson Pass next season from March 29 – April 7, 2013 for its sixth straight year and flow Snowboarding is the Main Sponsor!

The event brings together dedicated  recreational riders, professional athletes and the industry to ride the world’s best mountains and deepest snow.

Participants access the mountains through helicopter services, snowmobiles, snowcats and by foot, while getting discounts on lodging, local amenities and terrain access. It’s no wonder Flow Tailgate Alaska has grown into one of the most popular wintersports events in the world.This year, due to high demand by professional athletes and media,  The Tailgate AK Organization will limit the number of tickets available to the public to 150. According to event founder Mark Sullivan, “Our goal is to ensure deep, untracked powder for every participant. Limiting tickets will ensure fantastic snow conditions for everyone who makes it.”In addition to free snow science classes, an on-hand rescue crew, and a free daily beer garden, this season, each ticket includes a pair of limited-edition goggles built by Dye Snow with Flow Tailgate Alaska branding. “We are excited to work with Dye again to make a really high-end, functional goggle. Even better, every participant will get a pair.” Tickets for the event went on sale September 14th, and they have sold 68 tickets since.

Flow Tailgate Alaska also plays host to the Flow World Freeride Championship – which carries on the tradition of competition in pristine mountains and conditions, that ended in the 1990s. Set for April 1-2, 2013. Look for details soon.

For more information, check out www.tailgatealaska.com or contact mark@tailgatealaska.com.

FLOWS TAILGATE ALASKA PT2…

Chugach Mountains from Flows Tailgate Alaska

"The Valley of The Tusk" in the Chugach Mountains from Flows Tailgate Alaska

Mike Basich on his 12-13 Flow Solitude Snowboard from Flows Tailgate Alaska

Mike Basich on his 12-13 Flow Solitude Snowboard from Flows Tailgate Alaska

 

Tailgate Alaskas Founder Mark Sullivan

Tailgate Alaskas Founder Mark Sullivan and Python behind him

Jordan Zdanek

If you choose to stay up on the pass during Tailgate Alaska, you might not get to take a shower until the next time  you drive down into town.  Here Jordan shows the tech how we took showers in our RV:  take three parts cold water and mix one part boiling water into a bug/weed sprayer.  Get in the pictured plastic tub in the actual shower of the RV and spray away.  Shampoo and rinse…

Flow NW Rep Donnie Denton and Flow Sales Manager Kevin Addy

Flow NW Rep Donnie Denton & Flow Sales Manager Kevin Addy

 

Flow's Mike Basich

Rob Kingwill, Mike Basich & Shin Biyajima

Most days in AK you leave in the morning and don’t return till around 9:30ish.  Here Basich and his boys just returned around 9:40 under the Full Moon with his newest Go-Pro Creation, Look for his newest edit to drop soon.

If you need ice up at basecamp you either drive into town or hop on your sled, go up to the glacier and grab a chunk of Ice.  Break off a nugget and add to your Soda, Drink or what ever you need ice in.  And yes it’s clean, the ice is over 10,000 years old!

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

In AK you need to have $120 USD to have a Heli drop you off at one of the millions of peaks around Flows Tailgate Alaska Basecamp or you hop on a Snowmachine take it up about 4000 vertical feet then climb up another 500-1000 more and when I say climb I mean climb!  It’s literally a like you are climbing a step ladder up to a narrow scaffolding to grab a bag of money, you want it but you don’t want to die, man my hands are sweating just writing about it!  A Bitter Sweet…  but once atop the Peak you realize the near death experience was worth it!!  Sometimes…

Death Hole

Death Hole

Once at the top hidden dangers exist every place around you, you really need to be on your A-Game.  No effin around, Weather could come in, Avalanches could pop, dips could be Crevasses or example as we were walking to our drop in point one of our guys happened to step to the left of the trail and exposed a death hole.  “TIAK” = This Is Alaska, that’s the saying around those parts, kinda like the saying “Murphy’s Law” anything that can go wrong will and can.

Flows Tailgate Alaska 2012

Flows Tailgate Alaska 2012

Coming down the mountain from another long but amazing day to TGAK Basecamp… priceless

Flows Tailgate Alaska Jason Gretzinger

Smores anyone?

Nights are fun in AK and you pretty much stay up late and get hungry so to suppress your late night munchies you get really creative.  Here Jason Gretzinger makes himself a Smores Sandwich while Jordan coaches him, just as any kind hearted Merikan would do for his up to da north neighbor from Canada.

Nights at the Flow Tent

Nights at the Flow Tent

 

MORE TO COME SOON…

 

 

TAILGATE ALASKA 2012 pt1…

Flow Tailgate Alaska

Flow Tailgate Alaska Vessel

This was our Vessel for the next Three weeks, a 36 foot RV with two slide outs and yes that’s a trailer behind it filled with wood pallets.  Talk about sketchy drive, we had a 6-7 hour drive ahead of us with this big rig.

Flow Tailgate Alaska Vessel packed up

This is what the inside looked like after we picked up our generators, tents, product and supplies. Asking for it…

Grabbing some Fireworks

When passing thru Glenellen on the way to Flows Tailgate Alaska it is a MUST to stop and get fireworks from Jon.  Look for his set up behind the gas station, here ABA Heli Guide Badgr shows his stoke for his bag of goodies.  God Belss Merika!!

Upon arrival it was an empty lot just waiting for RV’s, Snowmachines and Happy People

Flow Basecamp Coming together

After a couple days Basecamp started to come together

Flow Team Riders tent

This was where most our Team Riders stayed, an Alaknak Hunting Tent

NXTZ Balaclava

Shin shows us the comforts of inside, yes it got cold but only when the fire went out… once a night, so dress warm.  I suggest sleeping in your NXTZ Balaclava   Look at how bundled up Nathalie Zenklusen and Atsushi Ishikawa are in their cots…

Cheers from Flow

Then it was time to GO SNOWBOARDING!  Look for the edit to drop soon!

Flow Campfire

When night came and the Beer Garden Shut Down we gathered around the Flow Campfire, usually the sun sets at 9:20 pm so it’s long days up in AK

Flow tent was THE spot to chill in

The inside of the Flow tent was THE spot to chill in.  In the mornings to grab a cup of FREE Ravens Brew Coffee, warm up, check e-mail, plan the day and meet up with other crews, discuss different zones and snow pack.  Pictured here:  Kevin Addy, Jason Gretzinger, Brooke, Bridget, Celia Miller, Sarka Pancochova, Kinger and Lago

And below is what we all Live for… Powder

Mike Basich, Flows Tailgate Alaska

Mike Basich, Flows Tailgate Alaska 2012 pic by Dods

Scotty Lago at Flows Tailgate Alaska

Scotty Lago at Flows Tailgate Alaska 2012 Pic by Dods

Sarka Pancochova at Flows Tailgate Alaska

Sarka Pancochova at Flows Tailgate Alaska 2012 pic by Kinger

 

More to come soon…