Tonight on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, Former Flow Team Rider Tim Dauenhauer will hit the unique obstacle course and compete to be the next American contestant after Kacy Catanzaro to complete the course. Come cheer on a fellow knuckle dragger and part of our Flow Snowboarding family tonight at 8PM-10PM ET/PT. We all agree that to be a professional snowboarder, it takes a lot of core strength, mental toughness and an overall mastery of physical conditioning in order to reach ones optimal limits. Take the drive it takes to be a professional athlete and mix with one of Tokyo Broadcasting System Television’s 30 year old programs “Sasuke” and you have why we are watching NBC’s American Ninja Warrior this evening. We took a moment to sit down with Dauenhauer about his experience on the hit television show.
Since you’ve been a rider with Flow, what have you been up to (other than American Ninja Warrior, of course)?
I can’t snowboard everyday anymore (a shared moment of silence). Even though I refuse to grow up, I somehow acquired a grown up job where I get to play with explosive natural gas. I repair, maintain and install underground natural gas pipelines and facilities. If I can’t drop cliffs and ride backcountry then I need to get my danger fix somewhere. Haha…
They know you on American Ninja Warrior as the big mountain snowboarding ninja. Awesome. What mountains do you typically ride in the winter?
Haha yeah… When I’m home in Syracuse I ride a few of the local areas with the occasional trips to Vermont. But, I most look forward to riding the Arlberg in Austria. In years past I’ve spent a lot of time riding the North Island in New Zealand. It’s just difficult now-a-days to pull me away from these beautiful upstate New York summers.
What is your current snowboard setup?
My current setup Is Talon boots, Maverick 169, and NX2-RS bindings. I’m old school, you know? I like stiff, ultra-supportive equipment, complimented by a big fast board.
You made it onto American Ninja Warrior through the St Louis city finals. Is that where you are living now or where is home base for Tim Dauenhauer?
My home is in Syracuse NY although I often find myself drifting back and forth to the Arlberg area in Austria. Ninja Warrior has five regional city competitions where America is broken up geographically. About 125 competitors per region, the top 30 advance to city finals and then the top 15 advance to national championship. I competed in the North East regionals which took place in St. Louis this season.
How did you get involved with Ninja Warrior?
American Ninja Warrior is modeled after the original Ninja Warrior competition from Japan known as “Sasuke.” Many years ago, I always wanted a chance to compete on Sasuke. However, it being an exclusive Japanese event, the closest I ever came was in my living room watching it on some random TV channel at 2AM. I lost touch with show for almost 15 years and re-discovered that their was now an American version. I missed the audition deadline three years ago, then two years ago I rushed my video audition. It wasn’t very creative, so I didn’t make the cut that year. Your video audition is extremely important in determining your odds of being chosen to compete. This previous winter I got my act together and with the help of a good friend we made a great video that showcased my personality as well as my talents.
What kind of training did you do before hand to prep yourself for competing on Ninja Warrior?
Training is intense year round, but the most critical time for me is 3 months leading up to the event. I focus a lot on balancing, along with grip and finger strength exercises. I have a few important training obstacles at my home such as a salmon ladder and a few other goodies. Technique is so important. Raw strength can only take you so far.
What was it like to film the show? Any experiences you’d like to share?
Taking part in American Ninja Warrior was a great experience! The producers, casting and crew are all cool people that love what they do. An interesting aspect of the show is just the positive vibes flowing everywhere. It’s a very unique sort of competition where all the athletes genuinely want to see their opponents do well and succeed on the course. One thing that maybe not many people know is that since filming takes place at night competitors are running the course until 6:00 in the morning.
You plan on taking a trip to Austria soon. What kind of training do you plan on doing out there?
As far as training goes, I’m putting a lot of emphasis on climbing and single arm hanging. I also have an incredibly difficult stunt planned.
Anything else you’d like to say to the Flow Snowboarding supporters or your American Ninja Warrior fans?
The Flow Snowboarding community has been a big part of my life for a long time and I want to say thanks to everyone for helping me over the years climb mountains and summit new opportunities. Snowboarding has influenced my life in so many ways and American Ninja Warrior wouldn’t have been possible without all the support of my friends and family everywhere.
Are you going to be cheering on Flow Snowboarding family Tim Dauenhauer tonight and watch American Ninja Warrior on NBC? Do you think being a snowboarder gives you an advantage in finishing an obstacle course? Let us know at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know what you think.