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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.
This is what the inside looked like after we picked up our generators, tents, product and supplies. Asking for it…
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
After a couple days Basecamp started to come together
This was where most our Team Riders stayed, an Alaknak Hunting Tent
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…
Then it was time to GO SNOWBOARDING! Look for the edit to drop soon!
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
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
More to come soon…
The WFC qualifiers were yesterday, under blue bird skies, pleasant temps, solid spectatorship and higher than preferred avy danger to keep it exciting. The Flow team STACKED the line up – 8 or 9 in total.
Stand out moments:
-Max Zipser and Mikey B’s line selection
-Max’s poised and fluid second run
-Scotty Lago’s HUGE method off the biggest cornice. In fact, in his two runs, Scotty landed 3 air and made only 1 run. Impossible? Nope, I swear, he straight lined Bro Bowl
-Nathalie’s runs. Her first was smooth as hell. Her second, umm, it was the same as Basich’s!
-Sarka Pancachova going only 3 feet shorted off Scotty’s same cornice. Then landing, then getting her feet swept out by an avalanche then standing up, then disappearing, then getting back to her feet, then joining the group with a freakin smile. The crowd screamed when she waved her hands that she was ok.
-Celia Miller stepping outside her comfort zone, staying on her feet, and riding with composure
-Jordan Nield had one squeaky run & then one where he did a method and pointed it down the face
-Shin Biyajima from Japan The crowd cheering for Shin – he’s the “new” legend
-Micah dominating, all in the name of Aaron Robinson and always with the most sincere appreciation towards Flow. He threw a back three off a huge cliff and a huge straight air off a 60 footer into 8th place getting him into the finals tomorrow via heli.
Words by Brooke Summers
Flows Tailgate Alaska is April 1st and that’s gonna be here in no time. With Tailgate BC in the books… like a Grateful Dead following we make our Trek for the next Tailgate stop… Thompson Pass, Alaska.
Every night after the Beer Garden shuts down over at Flow the activities will not stop, with a wood floored n heated 20 x 20 Flow tent, we will have plenty of stuff to do. A riders lounge with Internet, Couches, FREE Ravens Brew Coffee (like last year), Free Chilli, TV, Outdoor Fire Pit and a VIP HEATED Porta-Jon. Here’s a schedule of what’s to come in the mini Flow Village and in the Flow Tent.
See you soon “Python”…