Photo: Egan Gleason
Finding the correct stance on your board is one of the most important factors in snowboarding. A good stance on your board helps with balance, control, and comfort. Flow is here to help you with the necessary steps to finding your correct stance.
Things that you will need:
- Your Snowboard (without the bindings mounted on)
- Your Bindings
- A Tape Measure
- Masking Tape
Find your Stance: Goofy vs. Regular
If you have ever done any type of board sport (i.e. surfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding) then you’re in luck! You snowboard the same way, either goofy footed or regular. Goofy footed is with your left foot on the tail side of your board, while regular is with your right foot on the tail side.
You want your strong / dominant foot in the back. Imagine that you are going to kick a soccer ball really hard, Which foot would you use? Chances are, the foot you kick with is you dominant & back foot.
Find the Correct Binding Angle & Width:
Lay your snowboard on a soft carpeted floor. Stand on the board as if you were preparing to ride down the hill. You want an athletic stance where you feel balanced and in control. If your feet are too close together, then you will have little to no balance. If your stance is too wide, then you will be uncomfortable. Find a happy medium. Everyone’s stance is unique, so it is important to find your own stance that works for you.
Once you have found a comfortable width in your stance, take the tape measure and note how far your feet are apart from each other. The next step is finding the correct binding angle. When you snowboard, it is very unlikely to have a completely parallel stance. Most boarders have some sort of duck stance (Duck Stance is a stance with your toes pointed slightly outward). The angle is different for everyone. A common angle is between 10 & 15 degrees on your front foot with zero to 5 degrees on your back foot. Stand on the board with your feet angled to your desire and use the masking tape to mark the angle that your feet are pointing. Each Flow Binding comes with a disc that has marked degrees where you can adjust to your liking. Find your desired angles and prepare to set the bindings up.
Putting it all together:
Use the masking tape that is already marked on your board to match the correct angle with your binding and disc. Put the disc in your Flow Binding with the correct degrees that you have chosen. Then use the tape measure to map out how far you want your stance to be apart. Set the bindings in a correct location then mount them to your board.
-To Learn how to adjust your bindings, Watch Flow’s How-to videos HERE
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Due to Olympic Regulations, we cannot disclose the identity of our Rider – Can you guess who it is?
The 2014 Winter Olympics are on and you might be wondering where and when you can catch all of the action. Not to worry, Flow is here to help you out and inform you about the important facts.
What is the Schedule of Events?
The Winter Games are awesome. It’s pretty fun to watch most of the events, but the event that we care about is Snowboarding! The Snowboarding events run all week, but here is a brief breakdown of some events:
Men’s Slopestyle Semi Final: Friday Feb. 7, 9:30 PM PST
Men’s Slopestyle Final: Saturday Feb. 8, at 10 PM PST
Women’s Slopestyle Starts: Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:30 PM PST
Men’s Halfpipe Starts: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2:00 AM PST
Women’s Halfpipe Starts: Wednesday, Feb. 12 2:00 AM PST
Women’s Snowboard Cross Finals: Sunday, Feb 16, 1:15 AM
Men’s Snowboard Cross Finals: Monday, Feb. 17, 1:30 AM PST
Men’s & Women’s Giant Slalom Finals: Tuesday, Feb. 19 1:00 AM PST
Men’s & Women’s Parallel Slalom Finals: Saturday, Feb. 22, 1:15 AM PST
- For the Full list of all Snowboard Qualifiers and other events click HERE
Where can I Watch?
Technology is a wonderful thing. If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can download the NBC Live Sports Extra App and watch the Olympics Live! When using this app, you simply have to prove that you pay for cable by inputting your cable subscriber and password. The app has all sorts of cool features and notifies the user when specific events are about to start.
- Check the NBC Sports Extra App HERE
You can always watch the Olympics on television on NBC. However, there will most likely be a tape delay depending on where you live.
Who should I look out for?
The Winter games have amazing snowboarders from all over the world, so it shouldn’t be hard to find some talent. However, keep an eye out for Flow’s rider representing the women’s Czech Republic team. She absolutely dominated in the women’s slopestyle qualifiers and is one to watch throughout the whole games.
-Check out her Profile HERE
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Photo: Jared Meyer
Drayden Gardner is a very talented young snowboarder. At just 14 years old, Drayden is already making a name for himself within the snowboarding world. He is a very driven young man both with snowboarding and his academics. Keep an eye out for Drayden!
For Drayden, it would have been shocking if he never picked up snowboarding. Coming from deep snowboarding roots, Drayden was destined to have a board under his feet.
“I started when I was like two because my mom and dad were both snowboard instructors” explained Drayden, “That is how they met. Also, my grandpa has been the director of ski patrol for over 40 years at Summit so I was kind of there all the time from the time I was born. I think I was on an 80 as soon as I could walk. The pictures are funny!”
Drayden immediately fell in love with snowboarding for one simple reason, “It was just so fun!”. The fun that is derived from snowboarding still resonates true to Drayden today. He has taken this love for snowboarding and turned it into a career. This year Drayden got 2nd in slope style and 3rd in pipe at the Burton European Open in Switzerland. Drayden is very grateful for his competitive success and for everything that snowboarding has given him. He has traveled all over the world and even jumped out of a helicopter in New Zealand when he was 12 years old!
“Everything! It’s what I love to do…that and Skate…and Wakeskate….and Snowskate”
“What is today but yesterday’s tomorrow?” – Mr. Crabs
10 Words With Drayden
U.S. Open- Good contest
X Games- Judges
Hot Laps- Bear Mountain
Drayden Gardner is a name that you will continue to hear more throughout the snowboarding world. Drayden is a very humble and talented young rider, and we look forward to seeing what he has to offer in the future.
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Decide which Type of Board you want:
Snowboarding has all types of conditions. Picking a board that suits your style and the conditions that you ride is the first step towards a perfect board.
Park / Freestyle Board
These boards are meant for technical snowboarding. Light and Flexible, these boards are meant for Snowboard Park terrain and skilled riding. Often these boards have plenty of Pop ( Note: Pop is is lift a board receives when flexed to jump). If your style of riding and functionality fits local park mountains, then this is your ideal type of board.
Check out Flow’s Era Snowboard HERE
Backcountry / Freeride Boards
These types of boards are for the adventure enthusiasts. Riders that love backcountry and deep powder prefer these types of boards. These types of boards are meant for long drawn out lines on open mountain faces. They are quick and glide through powdery conditions very easily.
Check out Flow’s Maverick ABT HERE
These boards are the happy medium of everything. The perfect balance between response and feel. These types of boards are good for the beginner and all-around snowboarder. They can handle groomed runs, parks, and a bit of backcountry.
Check out Flow’s Blackout ABT HERE
Find the Right Camber:
What is Camber?
Camber is the slight upward curve in the Snowboard where the weight of the rider is not pressing down on the snow. Camber provides great response and feel for the rider, especially on groomed runs or hard snow. There are a few types of Camber:
Traditional Camber is quite simple to understand. It is when there is an upward curve directly at the midpoint of the board. The weight from the rider’s feet on either side, causes the camber to flex down and create a connection with the snow. The pressure on the board helps the edge of the snowboard connect with the snow and makes it easier for the rider to turn and maneuver.
With a Flat Camber, the entire bottom of the board is flat on the snow. This creates even more of a connection of the board to the snow. This Flat Camber provides the rider with a loose feel to the board making it very easy to slide and change direction with very little effort.
Rocker / Reverse Camber
Rocker is the exact opposite of Camber. It is a very slight U-shaped curve in the board. This Reverse Camber resembles that of a skateboard. It provides a looser feel and is great for riding powder and backcountry conditions. Some riders compare the Reverse Camber to floating or gliding, instead of riding.
This is the most common Camber of all boards. It is a mixture of Camber, Rocker, and Flat Camber all throughout different points of the board. It is the preferred type among most riders and Flow implements mixed Camber in many of their models.
Check out Flow’s Types of Camber HERE
- Flow’s Website provides a way to search through boards based on the rider’s skill and preference of rocker or camber. Check it out HERE
If you have any questions regarding what board is right for you or anything else for that matter, Feel free to shout us out on social media!
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Not to worry Mid-Westerners, you are finally getting some good snow! After a slow start, the Mid-West part of North America is finally seeing some snow. Even parts of California are getting snowed on. That only means one thing, Get your gear and start snowboarding!
What areas are experiencing MAXIMUS?
Tahoe, CA has received its first real snow of the season and people are feeling the excitement. Storm MAXIMUS is moving West to East across most all of North America. Colorado, Kansas and many other midwestern states are experiencing heavy snow fall. If you live in the Mid-West, chances are that you have experienced MAXIMUS!
Now What do I do?
The most logical answer to this question is simple. GET OUT AND GO SNOWBOARDING! Weather is unpredictable so it is important to take advantage of fresh pow while it is available.
Where do I go?
To check the snow reports and mountain hours, it is best to refer to a snow report website. At these websites, you can check the snow report by region and also see what mountains are open. These sites are a great way to plan and prepare for your trip to the mountains.
What do I need?
This colder weather means having the essentials.
-Check our Flow-How post: 10 Things You Need to Snowboard
Get your gear and get out on the mountain!
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Sarka Pancochova hails from the Czech-Republic and is a world class snowboarder. She will be representing her home country in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Flow caught up with Sarka to gauge her feelings about the event and also about snowboarding in general.
2x Winter Olympian
First Vancouver and now Sochi, Sarka is beginning to hit full stride within her snowboarding career. Making the Czech-Republic snowboarding team two times in a row is quite the accomplishment. Sarka is excited about heading into her second consecutive winter Olympics. “I’m very happy! Honestly, I don’t really know what to expect. I just want to land my run. That’s all I want”. Sarka is keeping it as simple as possible heading into Sochi. She believes that by focusing on snowboarding, everything else will fall into place. “All that I can do is my run, I can’t control external factors”, explained Pancochova.
The Winter Olympics can place a lot of pressure on snowboarders, regardless of how many times they have gone. Sarka believes that she is not just snowboarding for herself, but for her entire country. “It’s cool. My country supports me a lot. So it’s nice to give back”. While the pressure can crack many other athletes, Sarka looks at the Winter Olympics through a different lens. She looks at Sochi as an opportunity to give back to her country and a way to experience all that Sochi has to offer, not just the event. “I went there last year and the terrain is pretty much insane. I’m excited to ride some pow. It will be good times for sure!”. Sarka is planning on using the backcountry to relax her mind and be a distraction from the pressure and stress of the event. It is this positive outlook that Sarka is hoping to assist her throughout the Winter Olympics.
Snowboarding: A Lifestyle
Sarka did not start snowboarding to one day become an Olympic athlete. She simply did it because it was a release of creativity and self-expression. People don’t start snowboarding with the sole purpose of competing, they do it because it’s fun. “ It’s my everyday life and excitement. It’s fun to learn new tricks and do good at competition, but it’s more important to be happy with what I am doing. I have so many friends all over the world and have been almost everywhere. I can deal pretty much with any kind of situation. I love that part of snowboarding. Exploring.” Snowboarding has given Sarka the opportunity to travel the world and develop life-long relationships with people from all different cultures. She knows how important competition is to her career, but she still loves the roots of snowboarding. “I like going to contest and challenging myself. But back country will always be number one for me”, Pancochova explained. Sarka believes that this balance between competition and free-riding is key for her career and overall happiness in life.
“It’s not about where you’re at, but how much you can enjoy what you’re doing” -Sarka Pancochova
Check Out Sarka and Celia Miller enjoying what they’re doing
Sarka is not only an amazing snowboarder, but an amazing human being. Tune into the Sochi Winter Olympics to watch Sarka and other world-class snowboarders represent their countries.
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