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 Micron Freddy Silber Earning His Turns


Last week, one of our Microns was earning his turns under the summer sun. On June 28th, Flow Micron Team Athlete Freddy Silber and his father Jay Sibler went on a quest for snow by taking a 16 mile round trip bike and hike voyage to ride Byers Peak in Colorado. To get to the snow they had to climb above the treeline to roughly 12,000 feet.

“My favorite memory was seeing all the amazing scenic views from hiking up and down the trail,” said Freddy Sibler.

Freddy and Jay Silber left their house at 5:00AM and hit the trail at 6:00 AM near his home resort in Winter Park, Colorado and into the Byers Peak Wilderness Area in Winter Park, Colorado. Once they were on the snow, Freddy strapped onto his snowboard, a 140 Shifty. His Fuse bindings set at 15° & 15° and he certainly made sure the boas were tight enough on his Rivals. While most of us in the Northern Hemisphere were dreaming of snow, the Silbers hiking and riding it.

“We hiked it most of the morning until the snow heated up and got too sticky,” explained Jay Silber. “There was a ton of snow and there is still a ton of snow on the peaks here in Colorado. A lot of snowboard opportunities to be had this summer if you put in some effort to get there.”

This week, Flow Snowboarding had a chance to dive into the head of Freddy Silber and ask him a few questions about his summer, last winter and what he is looking forward to this coming winter.

What kind of music do you listen to when you ride?
I listen to some electronic music. I mainly listen to hard rock and metal. 

Where was your favorite place to travel to, not related to snowboarding?
My favorite place to travel to is Kansas City, Missouri. I love to hang out with my family.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?
My favorite memory from last winter was a Steamboat USASA competition for slopestyle. It was such a great time with my snowboard team and good times and food. I took 2nd at that comp so it was really rewarding. Very exciting!

Where are you looking forward to riding next year?
I’m looking forward to riding at Breckenridge and Keystone with the Flow Team and for contests. They have amazing rails and jumps.

Any interest in the FIFA World Cup soccer matches this summer?
I don’t like soccer at all! It’s not for me. Not trying to be rude, but I don’t care about it! I’m more into baseball.

Anything else you’d like to say to the Flow Snowboarding supporters?
I would like to say thanks to everyone because they are such an amazing part in this brand. I also have a snowboard crew, which is myself and six of my best friends called Snow Provides. We are a film crew and media page. We post up on Instagram and YouTube all winter.

Are any of you going the extra miles to hike to where the snow still sits in the Northern Hemisphere? Please share with us where you are continuing your snowboarding this summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media.

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Europe’s Indoor Snowboard Parks


Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Drayden Gardner took a flight across the pond to hit the UK’s SnowDome in Tamworth, Stafford. If you are planning a backpacking trip through Europe this summer, you might want to pack your goggles and spring gloves… there’s riding to be done. Europe’s indoor snowboard parks keep riders shredding 365 days a year. The SnowDome for of over 19 years has been referred to many in the UK as the spiritual home of the UK freestyle scene. Their freestyle parks are definitely on point, with a few beginning features for those looking to progress to the next level.

For more information on SnowDome, please visit:
www.snowdome.co.uk

The largest indoor park in the UK is located in Milton Keynes at Snozone. Snozone has park nights every Thursday and Friday night and hosts freestyle events such as Parkstrife which has extra enhanced features for riders as they pump in great music. Snozone’s Who’s Afraid of the Park event focuses on beginners to freestyle, allowing them to learn from qualified instructors and sponsored riders.

For more information on Snozone, please visit:
www.snozoneuk.com

Flow Snowboarding supporter Johnny de Jong lives in the Netherlands, and is an avid snowboarder at Holland’s SkiDome. Our next video blog in a couple days will feature a video edit from SkiDome.

“I live seven miles from an indoor track,” explained de Jong. “So it is easy for me to go snowboarding. SkiDome is the very first indoor court of Netherlands. There are a few indoor tracks… a fun park with various rails, ‘jumps’ and of course the big air bag to catch you. The SkiDome is my home ground, but it’s not the biggest one. Check out SnowWorld and look for Landgraaf. That is a nice one.”

For more information on SkiDome, please visit:
www.skidome.nl

For more information on SnowWorld, please visit:
www.snowworld.com

Show us you pics! Have you ever ridden any of the indoor snowboard parks in Europe? We want to see your pics. Feel free to tag #FlowSnowboarding when you post your photos. Continue to share with us at Flow Snowboarding by connecting with us on Social Media!

Summer Snowboarding: Cure for the Summertime Blues (Europe)


Snow Sliding Across the Pond in Europe

In our last Flow Snowboarding FLOG, we took a look at the Summer Snowboarding options for North America. If you’re a boarder and a baller… why not head across the pond to Europe for some summer sliding? This FLOG we’ll take a look at a few snowboarding options in France, Sweden and Switzerland. Les 2 Alpes, Riksgränsen and Eskimos Sports Freestyle Camp each offer a unique opportunity to keep your snow season continuing through the summer months.

Les 2 Alpes, Wild Summer Camps Isère, France

The French ski resort Les 2 Alpes is situated 44 miles south of Grenoble in Isère. It is home to the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is Europe’s second oldest resort behind Chamonix. Les 2 Alpes has one of the best reputations for being one of the greatest places for summer riding. Ride at elevation 9,186 ft up to 11,811 ft on the Girose and Mont de Lans glaciers high above the resort. Each summer they host their Wild Summer Camps, with excellent training facilities and many outstanding, specially adapted programs for experts and beginners alike.

For more information on Les 2 Alpes, please visit:
www.2alpes-snowpark.com

Riksgränsen, Sweden

Riksgränsen ski resort rests 186 miles to the north of the Arctic Circle, making it Sweden’s northernmost ski resort. Its latitude gives the resort 24 hours of daylight in the summer, which means that it’s possible to ride under the midnight sun. Thanks to this year’s snowfall, Riksgränsen will be ending this year’s skiing season with skiing under the midnight sun, a midsummer buffet in Restaurant Lapplandia, and an après-ski and night club in bar Grönan and traditional Swedish dancing around the the maypole in your boots. If you can, get to Sweden ASAP. These events kick off June 19-22nd.

For more information on Rikgransen, please visit:
www.riksgransen.se

Eskimos Sports, Freestyle Camps Zermatt, Switzerland

Want to ride Switzerland in July or August? If you have it in your budget, why not hop a jet plane to Zermatt, Switzerland? Eskimos Sports holds their Freestyle Camps over the summer, sliding on park and pipe on the Allalin glacier ski area. Their snow park in Saas-Fee will make you forget that it’s actually summer. All of Eskimos Sports’ coaches are professional riders and solid snowboarding and freestyle teachers. They promise a measurable improvement in ability within a week’s time. Grabbing air with style and endless rails to jib. The riders at Eskimos Sports look to inspire one another in order to push the limit and dial in new tricks.

For more information on Eskimo Sport, please visit:
www.freestylecamps.ch
www.eskimos.ch

While most Americans backpack through Europe and see the tourist sights in the Summer… why not be in the minority walking the planet and pack up your board, boots and bindings and head to the slopes less ridden by us Yankees? If you can’t afford to, don’t worry… neither can I. But a man can dream. One day we will get to Europe to ride.

As we all pine for winter on the top of the planet, the Southern Hemisphere is primed for a great season. We will take a look at a few Southern Hemisphere hot spots in our next Flog. Please share with us where you plan on continuing your snowboarding this summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media.

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Definition: Snowboarding – A Feature Film From Matt Devino

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Remember when half pipes looked like this? Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Tim Humphreys hand planting in an old school half pipe

Are you excited for Definition: Snowboarding, the upcoming feature length documentary film from filmmaker Matt Devino?

We here at FlowSnowboarding are backing this flick. You’ll see a few of our friends from Flow like Scotty Lago and Tim Humphreys.

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 Mike 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.”

“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 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 the teaser trailer below. So looking forward to this film.

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Flow Snowboarding is stoked for this film. 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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Flow Snowboarding: Sarka Pancochova’s Summer Schedule

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We here at Flow sat down with Olympic snowboarder Sarka Pancochova to discuss her lifestyle during the summer months, breaking down what she does to stay fit and refreshed for when the snow starts flying again.

During the summer season, it’s hard to find snow. What are some things that you do to keep yourself fresh and having fun when you can’t snowboard?

My season is usually so hectic that as soon as the summer hits I need to get some sun and go to the beach for while. So I started surfing a lot and also Rock Climbing. I like spending my time outside when the weather is nice. Also I try to do yoga in the morning, everyday. It keeps me going after all the activities during the day. When it’s not nice, I go to CrossFit for my leg workout.

Do you have any training programs or exercises that you do to keep your body fit for snowboarding?

I do a lot of compensation exercises with bosu ball and gym balls and lot of balance exercises to keep me knees strong. I don’t have any scheduled program but I try to do something everyday to keep myself as fit as possible during the off season.

You have been practicing Yoga for a while now. How does Yoga help your snowboarding and your fitness?

Yoga is lot of balancing and also it’s kind of a moving meditation. So it helps me to empty my mind when I need it most… during the contest. By practicing my mind I can perform better. On a higher level.

What are things that you do to keep your mind fresh and excited about snowboarding during the off season?

As I said yoga mostly, and also I visualize my new tricks so I can feel better when I decide to try them on snow. Because I know how to do them in my head.

Do you do any surfing? If so, what are your favorite spots/locations to go?

I went to only few places and I liked Puerto Rico a lot and Nicaragua was pretty awesome.

Is there anything else that you do during the off season?

I drink a lot of beer and wine and enjoy myself. Haha…

What do you do to stay active and fit during summer? Connect with Sarka Pancochova and the rest of us at Flow Snowboarding on social media to find out what we riders do to stay active, fit and happy during the summer.


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Flow Snowboarding: Throwback to Shin Biyahima in Wydaho

Here is a great throwback to Flow International Team Rider from Japan, Shin Biyajima as he made a stop in “Wydaho” (the boarder of Wyoming & Idaho) to check out the backcountry scene & Ryan Van Lanen filmed a few shots.

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FLOW SNOWBOARDING PRESENTS “THE CHAIRLIFT CHRONICLES”…

Deep in the Sierra Mountains, Flow Snowboardings Mike Basich built his own House, a Tow-rope to the house and now a Chairlift that goes 1200 feet/370 meters up his own personal mountain. Join us this season at Area-241 as we show you what it’s like to own 40 acres, snowmobiles, a house and a chairlift in the middle of no where, for Flow’s “Chairlift Chronicles”
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CHAIRLIFT CHRONICLES TRAILER from FLOW SNOWBOARDING on Vimeo.