Mario Wanger Always Having Fun

This time we take a trip to the right side of the pond and head over to Europe and catch up with Flow Snowboarding European team athlete Mario Wanger. We learn everything from what part of Austria he is from, to the football (soccer) clubs he supports, to what tunes are blasting through his ear buds and even his strong affinity for one mountain here in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Flow also asked Wanger if he had any goals going into this next winter and his answer gives you a peek into the modus operandi of his approach to life. Wanger replied, “Having as much fun as possible… always.”

Where were you born Mario?

Tirol, Austria

Where is home for you now?

I live in Aschau. That is located in the Zillertal Valley.

Where was the first place you ever went snowboarding? What year was it?

That was in Zell am Ziller just 5 min from my home. I guess that was in the year 2003 or 2004.

Did you ever go skiing before snowboarding?

Yep, I did. But I totally sucked. Haha!

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

I would say Mayrhofen, Penken Park.

What is your current snowboarding setup preference?

Hylite Focus Boot, BlackOut or WhiteOut boards with the NX2 bindings.

What kind of music do you listen to when you’re snowboarding?

I’m listening so much, but right now I would say ASAP Rocky and Santigold.

What are your summer activities like? Do you continuously ride the glaciers in the Alps a lot, or do you take a break in the summer to explore other activities?

I’m hiking a lot in the mountains. Skateboarding, training, partying, swimming, work outs in the gym and some soccer… and fast cars! A little bit of work too. So, no snowboarding in the summer.

Soccer? Yes, Europe and their football. What European clubs do you support?

I like Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid as well, because they just have all the best players in the world. Haha…

Have you made it over here to North America to ride? Where all have you ridden here in the United States or Canada?

Yep, I have been to North America three times. It is always a pleasure. Two times I went to Mt. Baker to film some backcountry stuff. That place is so damn sick. I also went to Whistler Blackcomb in Canada, but the weather sucked the whole time I was there.

What is your opinion of the resorts and lifestyles in the US as opposed to back home in Europe? Are there any differences or similarities between our two region’s lifestyles?

I don’t think so. I know a few guys from the US through riding. It is pretty much all the same. Except for the jibbing guys. Haha…

Where was your favorite place to snowboard last winter?

That was in Arabba, Italy. It was such a good time riding all the deep powder there.

Where are you looking forward to riding next winter?

I wanna go back to Mt. Baker again if they get enough snow.

Where has been your favorite place to travel to not related to snowboarding?

Greece was pretty nice, but Egypt was not bad too. There are too many nice places. 

Any final words to the Flow Snowboarding supporters or customers reading this interview?

Flow is sick!

A lot of great riders spend their time in the Alps. Have any of you gone to Europe to snowboard yet? What resorts have you visited on the other side of the pond? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. We want to know where you guys and girls have traveled to #FindYourFlow.

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.
Has your love of snowboarding ever led you to actually working in the snow sports industry? From weekend warrior riding to chasing a career or job through snowboarding? We want to know your stories. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Flow Tailgate Alaska 2013 Edit

To get you through these summer months, lets have a throwback to Flow Tailgate Alaska 2013. Watch Flow’s Mike Basich, Tim Humphreys, Shin Biyajima, and Jason Gretzinger they make the Mission up to the 49th State for Flow Tailgate Alaska. This video was filmed & edited by Wojtek Targosz of Grow Up Productions.

FLOW TAILGATE ALASKA 2013 EDIT from FLOW SNOWBOARDING on Vimeo.

Flow Tailgate AK is a World Freeride Festival that takes place deep in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska. It consists of Snow Science Classes, Man Games, Parties, Snowmobiling, Heli Boarding, Backcountry Lines for days and not to mention THE best Powder and Mountains in the world.

Have any of you had the dream fulfilled of riding in Alaska? We’d love to hear about it, or better yet… post your pictures. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Flow Snowboarding 2014-2015 Website Launched

Are you ready for some new Flow Snowboarding hard and soft goods? Our new website has just launched. Our 2014-15 gear is on the shelves, waiting for a new home. Stop by our website and you can see what’s in store for you this winter.

What do you think of the 2014-2015 Flow line? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know.

Celia Miller in the Silverton, CO Backcountry

Celia Miller & her Flow Jewel watching the snow fall in Colorado-
Pic: Aaron Dodds

Check out this backcountry session edit with Flow Team Athlete Celia Miller filmed in Silverton, Colorado last winter.

Are you ready for winter? What have you been doing to keep fit this summer? Please connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Windells Camp Session 6: Featuring Flow’s Tim Humphreys & Jon Overson


Check out this Windells Camp Session 6: Featuring Tim Humphreys & Jon Overson book ending the montage with some sick footage from Windells Camp on Mt. Hood, Oregon.

Got Snow? The Pacific Northwest still does. If you are still riding, let us know where. If not, what are doing over the summer as you bide your time until winter? 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:
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For more information on filmmaker Matt Devino please visit:
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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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Dru Williams: Midwest Grom to Flow Ambassador

“Everyone is in the industry for a reason…because they made it there. If you plan on stepping into the industry, know your side and be nice to everyone. Ride hard and don’t talk about it. Do what people tell you to do and earn their respect; it will all pay off one day. My first few years made me feel like an intern, not a team rider. The most important thing to remember is to have fun! C’mon… it’s snowboarding.” – Dru Williams, Flow Ambassador

We had the opportunity to catch up with Flow Snowboarding Ambassador Dru Williams in Utah, who offers some valuable insight covering the last several years working with Flow and his time in the snow sports industry. We will cover his growth from grom to Flow Snowboarding Ambassador, his productions company 43 Productions LLC, his band Halfway Humble, and even his humbling trip to Thailand.

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

“I grew up snowboarding in Indiana at a local hill called ‘Paoli Peaks.’ It was a great place for me to start this long lasting lifestyle. My friend Kalyn Gibson and I ran the terrain park, which allowed us to build and promote the terrain park and resort as we pleased. It was a great place to learn because it was essentially a big hard sheet of ice. It is essentially 300 vertical feet of bliss and has been providing the Midwest with action packed memories and concussions three months a year for over 40 years. The place reeks of Coors and the Carhart camouflage wearing enthusiast. I am damn proud to call it my home mountain.” (Check out Dru Williams’ Paoli Peaks edit)

Where was the first place you went snowboarding?

“Like most people… my backyard. My brother Alex and I would get old skateboard decks and strap them to our feet while being pulled behind a 4-wheeler. It was a Midwest rednecks dream come true, but obviously didn’t work well. Mind you, we were skidding in two inches of fresh Indiana powder. We earned those damn turns. We smelled like exhaust and gasoline after.”

Did you ever ski first, or straight to riding?

“Haha! At age 12 I clicked in for a few weeks. My Mom bought me a brand new pair of skis, bindings and boots for Christmas. This was essentially my first piece of hard good snow gear I had ever owned. She was beyond pumped to get them for me and I was excited to receive them. However, once I got to the peaks I knew it wasn’t for me. A few weeks later I told her I wanted to trade them at the Paoli Pro Shop for a snowboard. She was livid. Not that she cared that I was snowboarding… but she had just spent seven-hundred bones on a new ski set up for me, just turn around and trade them in for half the price.

But, I cannot thank my Mom enough for traveling with us and taking us to so many resorts and competitions in the early years. That was truly what helped shape and mold our young futures. Every season my mother would load up the Chrysler mini van and take my friends and I to every competition in the surrounding area. She traveled between states throughout the Midwest with a load of smelly kids in the back. Our young crew had a good record of dominating the competitions we rode in, so the rides back were always nice and loud (with a stronger stench of victory.)”

What are some of your favorite Apres Ski activities?

“Putting your feet up and relaxing is the best thing to do after a long day, but that depends on how heavy of a day it was. If it was a day of shooting or being shot, I will spend the evening sorting and logging footage. If it was a weekend day at Brighton you can normally find the crew and I at Lone Star Taqueria or Spedelli’s after a long day of riding. Best tacos & pizza in the valley!”

What is your current Flow setup? (Boots, Board(s), Bindings)?

“The technology that Flow puts into their product is unreal and it’s best to utilize that tech on specific days and conditions. For park, I prefer something softer. Currently my set up is 2014/2015 155 Era snowboard, size 11 Hylite boots and Fuse SE bindings. On those deep days, I prefer a stiffer set up like my 157 Darwin snowboard, size 11 Solite boots (some might know what these are yet) and NX2-SE bindings.

You have been involved with Flow since you were 17. Can you recap how you started working with Flow and the different responsibilities you’ve held over the years?

“One night after a long night session of park riding, I was walking out to my car (just got my drivers permit) and I stumbled upon the Flow van. Adam Sharp, the Midwest Flow rep at the time was always at the peaks checking on one of his accounts and getting his shaved ice turns in. I had met Adam before and talked to him about Flow and snowboarding. When I walked past the van he stopped me and we chatted for a bit. After our conversation he pulled out a brand new Era snowboard and handed it to me with his card. It was a grom’s dream come true and I was beyond stoked to receive the gear, but I didn’t really know what it meant at the time.

The following winter we linked up in the early season and it all began from there. Countless hours traveling in the Flow van throughout the Midwest hitting shops, on snow demos, competing in contests and in summer rail jams. The first winter I hopped on-board with Flow was the last year that SnowSports Industries America (SIA) was held in Vegas. Imagine little me at 17 years old, hopping on a flight to Vegas all by myself, not knowing what to expect.

The years continued and I became much tighter within the Flow community (this included team members and upper management within the company.) I’ve traveled to countless demos and contests with sales managers and even board designers. I soon started to realize how important it was to meet these people and make them a constant contact. I am now 25 years old and nothing has changed. I have attended SIA with the crew the last seven years (now in Denver) helping show the upcoming product lines, attending meetings, shooting video and being a strong ambassador of Flow like the rest of the team.”

Could you describe what your current responsibilities with Flow are?

“Currently, I am a Flow R&D team rider. The ride and development team is responsible for riding and testing future products. Essentially, I shred as much as I can and log my day on a spreadsheet or make my review into a video. What I like… what I don’t like… How this binding feels with this strap, compared to this other strap… You know, that kind of thing. I also occasionally help Flow with their video needs.”

Any advice to those out there looking to get involved in the snow sports industry?

“Remember names and don’t step on toes. Everyone is in the industry for a reason…because they made it there. If you plan on stepping into the industry, know your side and be nice to everyone. Ride hard and don’t talk about it. Do what people tell you to do and earn their respect; it will all pay off one day. My first few years made me feel like an intern, not a team rider. The most important thing to remember is to have fun! C’mon… it’s snowboarding.”

You recently moved to Salt Lake City. How’s the move going?

“I am 15 minutes away from six of the US’s best resorts, what more could you ask for? It was crazy moving from a small town in Indiana to a larger city with actual mountains. I have gained much more respect for all of the different styles of snowboarding. It opened up a whole new world in the snow community for me as well. Instead of sneaking into a sorority party at Indiana University for example, you are now welcomed to an Electric Goggle Halloween party instead. It’s exactly where I dreamed I would live as a kid, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.”

Tell us a little bit about 43 Productions.

43 Productions is my production company that was established back in 2006, but became an actual LLC in 2012. I knew if I packed my car up and was moving out West, I better have a back up plan. My main focus with the company was to shoot snowboarding, but we have branched out immensely upon request. 43 Productions was contracted with Powder Mountain resort last season to shoot all of the awesome contests and events they hold every season, which was a great opportunity for us.

We have also dipped our feet into real estate and architecture firms requesting video needs for continuous projects throughout the valley. We couldn’t be more pleased with results. I have vast business plans for 43 Productions, LLC that are currently in the works and things are starting to shape up nicely. Next winter will be huge for us.”

What kind of activities do you do in the summer to maintain your riding shape?

“The house I just moved into is right down the road from In-N-Out, so I am currently on that diet and it’s working out great. Besides that, I picked up mountain biking last summer, which is way too much fun out here. I ended up investing in a bike and couldn’t be more pleased with how fun it is. I also have a dirt bike that I enjoy taking out into the desert and getting lost with. Snogression in Salt Lake is also a great way to keep your riding sharp, but it takes a small mortgage and a few classes to get through that.

I try to keep a normal gym routine throughout the summer, but that schedule normally lacks in persistence. Recently, our band Halfway Humble has been practicing non-stop for a few upcoming shows we have. I have noticed that the best work out for me is just drumming for 3 hours straight, it keeps your arms tone and you get to bang on shit. Why wouldn’t anyone want to work out this way?”

What was your favorite moment from last winter?

“My first road trip of the season to Colorado was great. I left late on a Thursday night and stopped at a few shops on the way for Flow. These stops consisted of dropping sample product off and chatting (or just saying hey) and making sure the shop has everything they need. I arrived in Aspen late Thursday night and stayed the entire weekend for X-games. Our cabin was unreal and the experience I had with the crew is something I will remember for forever.

On that Sunday, I packed my car up and headed to Denver for a full week of SIA, where I was reacquainted with the Flow crew & team. It was a full week of cranking business, partying hard and good music. We then loaded up the Flow van and headed to Copper Mountain for the on-snow demo and a few good days of solid riding. The weather was perfect and the vibes were high, it was the perfect way to end a two-week trip with the Flow team & crew.

Once I arrived back in Salt Lake, 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… Outback The Movie.”

What are some of your passions in life other than snowboarding? Activities, hobbies, studies… etc?

“I have a strong passion for music that will never go away. I’ve played the drums longer than I have done anything else, and I seem to still learn something new after every practice. Music is something that is always changing, making it hard to keep up with. When a band tries to “keep up,” a new sound will normally develop and the crowd will become pleased…and then you repeat.

I wouldn’t say that studying is a passion of mine, but I did plenty of it in College. I will say that studying subjects that are obsolete to your major will cause major headaches and unwanted stress. If you are an art student, go to an art institute. If you are a filmmaker, go to ‘Full Sail’ University. The big Universities with multiple schools and majors are for the kids who are unsure of what they want to do; I found this out the hard way. I also really enjoy woodworking. My buddy Corbett and I built the entire backyard park out of scrap and recycled wood. These are things you don’t appreciate until you get older I suppose.”

Any places you love travelling to, not related to snowboarding?

“I went to Thailand over a year ago and fell in love with the culture. It also made me realize how lucky most of us are. I saw some things that made me both sick and happy. One memory that sticks out the most was at the black market in Bangkok, where knock off Vans are about four US dollars and you can leave the place with any cheap female you pick if you desire. I remember seeing a small family sitting on the corner begging for change. The kids were basically naked and you could tell that help was needed.

I walked over and gave them three or four custom printed band t-shirts that I had just bought for myself. I also gave the kids Flow stickers and they were ecstatic. (Yes, I was tagging Bangkok left and right with Flow stickers). The mother of the family was so happy she started crying. She then grabbed my wrist and whispered something in Thai into my ear. To this day I still think about that family. I’m also still wondering what the hell she whispered to me. Self-Kudos was earned on that trip.”

Anything else you’d love to say to the Flow Snowboarding supporters and family?

Please don’t break up with me… Seriously though, I can’t thank the Flow family enough. Flow has provided me with opportunities and experiences that I only dreamed of as a kid. It’s cool to look back on the last seven years of my life and see how involved Flow was and still is. This brand has pushed me in such a positive direction and has helped drive me into entrepreneurship. Don’t get me wrong, snowboarding would still be insanely fun without Flow, but I can’t thank you all enough for the support and love and I hope that feeling is mutual. Thank you again, cheers to many more.”

Dru Williams has been riding Flow Snowboarding gear ever since he was a grom. When did you start riding Flow gear? We would love to hear about it. Please connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Flow Rush Snowboard & NX2 Bindings – Gadgets & Gear (SIA 2014)

In the video above, Greg Elliot from Vail’s TV8 show Gadgets & Gear spoke with Flow Snowboarding’s Dale Rehberg about the NX2 bindings and Rush snowboard. This was shot at the 2014 SnowSports Industries America (SIA) tradeshow in Denver, CO.

Have you tried out the yet NX2 bindings or the Rush snowboard? We would love to hear your feedback on both the NX2′s and the Rush. Reach out to us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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.