Getting to Know Your Flow Fusion PowerStrap

The Fusion PowerStrap foot-strap is 3D-shaped so it can fuse the ankle & toe zones over the mid-foot and is padded for a super comfortable form fit. In this quick video we show you how to properly set up your Fusion foot-straps with your Flow Bindings. Make sure you set your bindings up before you go riding, put your boots on, strap in and jump around on the carpet to make sure it feels good!

The FusionStrap is featured on Flow NX2, Fuse, ISIS, Five and Minx bindings.

Have you tried Flow’s FusionStrap yet? Let us know what you think about the FusionStrap technology at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know.

Through Shin Biyajima’s Eyes

During the summer months, Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Shin Biyajima does a lot to keep fit by cross training for the winter season. We had a moment to catch up with Biyajima in Japan to see how his winter went and how his summer is coming along. Pretty much catching a glimpse of the world through Biyajima’s eyes.

What would you consider you home ski resort to be?

The Hakuba area here in Nagano, Japan. But I like to chase the snow.

What kind of music do you ride to on your ipod or phone?

I listen to my friend’s band, rap and DJ mixes from Japan. I am so wide open with my music selection. Bassnectar to Tommy Guerrero. Acoustic, country dubstep, D’n’B, house, hip hop, Japanese, reggae and even techno. Not too much trance, though…

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

I have never traveled without snowboarding… Oh wait… Saipan and Vietnam. I also like the south part of Japan.

What type of cross training do you do over the summer months in order to remain in shape for the upcoming winter?

I love to do a lot of activities like bouldering, mountain biking and skateboarding. I am also on a soccer team called ‘God Hands.’ It is gathering of snowboarder friends. I do a lot of core training and stretching to help my body and protect myself from getting a sore back.

Soccer team of snowboarders? Nice… Did you catch any of the FIFA World Cup soccer matches this summer?

Japan did not do too well, but I was really cheering for Costa Rica. I liked their vibe and the way they played soccer.

What was your favorite memory from last winter season?

We had epic powder in Japan. Traveling around United States was such a good time…and of course, so was hanging with the Flow Snowboarding team in Colorado.

Where are you looking forward to riding next year?

Japan, Lake Tahoe, Jackson Hole, Colorado and Washington, Canada, Alaska, Europe, South America… Anywhere it snows!

Describe your Apres Ski activities. What does Shin do to unwind after a day on the mountain?

Onsen… for sure. It is a natural hot spa. I go almost every time after riding when I’m in Japan. I like to chill and sometimes make Sushi. Checking footage from the day and well… CrackBook. Then I stretch, eat and then sleep. I sleep deep.

Do you have ideas or things you would want to try this winter?

I want to create a unique terrain park in the mountains. A little bit like Red Bull’s Ultra Natural, but more jibbing. Easier set ups for everyone and do some kind of riding party where we could all share the happiness of being in the snowy mountains… and I want to build a mountain lodge like Mike Basich has. An Area-241 in Japan.

Anything else you’d like to say to the Flow Snowboarding supporters?

We never know how long winter will be. Let’s go snowboarding before Mother Earth melts. Snow is AMAZING!

Shin Biyajima keeps up his fitness during the summer months. What are you doing this summer to cross train? Biking, hiking, skating, surfing, SUPing? Or better yet… are you still chasing the snow and snowboarding? Please share with us what you are doing over the summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Flow Snowboarding: Mike Basich 2013/2014 Winter Wrap Up!

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Mike Basich has been one incredibly busy person this year. Filming as a stunt double for a Hollywood movie, traveling to Europe and Alaska, and building his own house on wheels! We don’t know where the guy finds all of this time to do these things, but we’re stoked that he does and we get to enjoy watching his adventures. We caught up with Mikey B recently to learn more about his non-stop Winter season. Continue reading



Tiny Cabin, Giant View

A snowboarder’s cabin in the Sierras has no bedroom, no bathroom— but a hot tub and a (nearly completed) ski lift


A snowboarder’s cabin in the Sierras has no bedroom, no bathroom-but a hot tub and a (nearly completed) ski lift. WSJ’s Conor Dougherty joins Lunch Break with a look at pro snowboarder Mike Basich’s mountain retreat. Photo: Jason Henry for The Wall Street Journal.

Soda Springs, Calif.

Just about anyone who has ever lived in an over-cluttered home has at some point declared that one day they’ll ditch it all and live simply. Mike Basich did it.

Mr. Basich, a 40-year-old pro snowboarder, has spent the past several years building his dream home near Lake Tahoe. About 10 miles outside Truckee, Calif., the house sits 3 miles beyond a quiet road that has a few mailboxes but not much else. In the winter, it can only be accessed by a snowmobile, snowcat or other kind of tracked vehicle.

Flow Team Rider Mike Basich

Mr. Basich, a professional snowboarder, built the home and most of its furnishings.

Mr. Basich’s property is 40 acres, crisscrossed with creeks and boasting views of the Sierra Nevada, but the house itself is smaller than the average cramped studio apartment. It’s 228 square feet, doesn’t have laundry and the bathroom is outside.

“I’ve eliminated a lot of stuff by choosing to have a small place and a big yard,” says Mr. Basich, who has scraggly brown hair and usually needs a shave. The house is about 25% glass and lacks curtains, so he gets up with the sun and goes to sleep with the stars. In between, his typical activities include snowboarding on an adjacent hill or hiking with his Siberian husky, Summit.

The electricity comes from a solar panel on his porch. The running water comes from snowmelt. All of the heat—for warmth, for the soapstone oven, for the hot tub—is generated by wood fires.

Room and Snowboard

Flow's Mike Basich dream homeMike Basich, a 40-year-old pro snowboarder, has spent the past several years building his dream home near Lake Tahoe.

Inside the house, there aren’t any rooms or closets. The inside and outside walls are made of granite stones that form the house’s shell, and the sleeping area is a small loft that sits only a few feet below the ceiling. A range of household items, from baked beans to bear spray, are in open view.

His TV is rarely on and doesn’t get reception or cable. On a recent evening, the lone bookshelf had a small collection of snowboard magazines along with a book titled “Tiny Homes.” Mr. Basich’s indulgences include a hot tub on the porch along with a ski lift that, when finished, will rise 600 feet up a nearby hill.Building is another activity that takes up a good deal of Mr. Basich’s time. Over the past decade, he says, he bought and sold a half-dozen rental and investment properties, all of which he extensively renovated. He designed the pentagon-shaped house himself, and has lived on the property—in a tent, under tarps—through various stages of completion. He and friends collected the granite from the surrounding property. He milled all the wood himself, most of it from a combination of pine and Douglas-fir trees on his land.

flow's Mike Basich dream home

The copper faucet draws water from a storage tank.

From the deer-antler doorknobs to the oak coffee table inlaid with petrified mammoth bone, nearly everything in the house comes with a story about Mr. Basich’s labors. Asked if there was anything in the house he didn’t build, Mr. Basich responded deadpan, “My computer.”

Mr. Basich grew up in Fair Oaks, Calif., near Sacramento, and became a professional snowboarder in 1991. He competed until 2000 but quit to focus on backcountry riding. Today, sponsors like Flow Snowboards and GoPro pay him to travel the world taking self-portraits of his snowboarding that they use to promote their products.

His house and land, which he calls “Area 241,” after a small clothing company he owns, are a part of that image. He has an Area 241 iPhone application with regular updates of his doings. Also, for $2,500 a day, he rents out the property for private parties and commercial shoots (Mountain Dew was a recent client). He says the fees cover his mortgage and then some.

Back when he was a contest professional, Mr. Basich bought a five-bedroom home on a Salt Lake City cul-de-sac. Over time, he started to hate the abundance of space, along with the time and money it took to maintain it. In 2002, after his move to backcountry snowboarding, he sold it to live in his van.

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The cabin is powered by a solar panel.

In 2004, a real-estate-agent friend tipped off Mr. Basich to 40 undeveloped acres that were up for sale. He fell in love right away and paid $225,000 for the land and has since put about $20,000—plus five years of labor—into building the house. Bret Churchman, an associate broker with Coldwell Banker in Truckee, says similar lots are on the market for between $500,000 and $1 million, depending on how much infrastructure they have and whether or not they can be divided into smaller parcels.

Mr. Basich, who lives alone, travels about half the year and maintains a small apartment in Colfax, about 40 minutes away. He notes that while it might seem limiting to live in a small house with few appliances, the lack of choice is freeing. This past Christmas Eve, Mr. Basich and his girlfriend made dinner by cooking duck, potatoes, turnips, butter, spices and wine in a pot over the fire.

One of Mr. Basich’s complaints is that people don’t always respect his privacy. He says a friend recently told him that he and some buddies went to the house and had beers on the porch. The friend said it was too bad Mr. Basich wasn’t home.

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ALL PICS BY Jason Henry for The Wall Street Journal




Flow on the road to Nor Cal

Leaving at 5am is a bitter sweet, no sleep but the final outcome is worth it…

Flow Microns Jaromie Nolan & Drayden Gardner at the Lone Pine Skatepark

Jaromie Nolan & Drayden Gardner at the Lone Pine Skatepark, stop #1

Flow's Drayden Gardner at the Mammoth Skatepark

Drayden Gardner at the Mammoth Skatepark, stop #2

The Baseball Park in Reno for the Eternal Rail Jam

The Baseball Park in Reno for the Eternal Rail Jam, Stop #3

Flow Microns Jaromie Nolan & Drayden Gardner

Flow's Jaromie Nolan spinning on to a box in Reno

Jaromie Nolan spinning on to a box in Reno, in October & in Shorts

Flow Snowboarding Mike Basich shows us the base of the Area-241 chairlift

Mike Basich shows us the base of the Area-241 chairlift

The Next day we made the trek up to Lake Tahoe via Donner Summit & stopped by Mike Basich’s Area-241 to see the work in progress on his chairlift.  Mike owns 40 acres on the Pass and has already constructed his own house, tow-rope and now his personal chairlift.  “Each chair will be pieces of art” says Mike, for instance one chair will be a Monkey hanging off the cable and you will sit in it’s hand.  He also plans on having art work all over the runs, paintings hanging from trees, a 24 ft quarter pipe, 40 ft table top jump & all sorts of Natural Features like Log slides and stuff.

Flow Snowboarding's Jaromie Nolan, Drayden Gardner & Mikey B

Jaromie Nolan, Drayden Gardner & Mikey B

Flow's Mike Basich Drills into granite

Mike drills into Granite

Flow's Mike Basich cabin camouflaged in the mountains

Mike's cabin camouflaged in the mountains

The top of the Area-241 Flow R&D Center Chairlift

The top of the Area-241 Flow R&D Center Chairlift


Then it was time to hit up Woodward at Tahoe; Drayden the Ghost...

Then it was time to hit up Woodward at Tahoe; Drayden the Ghost...

Flow's Jaromie Nolan with a fs air on the ramp out back

Jaromie with a fs air on the ramp out back

Then we made it back to So Cal...



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…