5 Ways To Stay In Snowboarding Shape

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Flow Snowboarding wants you to stay in shape this off-season so you will be ready for the hill this winter. We can all agree that it is easier to stay in shape in the winter… we can just go snowboarding. We are at our best on our snowboards when we maintain a steady workout, healthy(ish) diet and stay in shape, here are a few ways to stay in shape in the off-season.

1. Cardio:
Go mountain biking, climbing, hiking, kayaking, running, play soccer, stand up paddle, surf… enjoy the outdoors. Strengthen those leg and core muscles. Maintaining your mental and physical stamina will help your ability to breathe and function at high elevation. Keep up with an active lifestyle in the off-season and you primed and ready for the winter.

Urska Pribosic climbing for part of her off-season #FlowRituals

Urska Pribosic climbing for part of her off-season #FlowRituals

2. Yoga:
Yoga is widely used by top athletes of all ages and disciplines. By incorporating yoga into your daily training regimen, you will be more connected to your body and mind. Yoga increases flexibility as well as mental health. Yoga poses and stretches are one of the top ways to prevent injuries. It keeps you loose, strong, and flexible on and off the mountain. (Resist the urge to hit on your yoga class mates until after your sessions.)

Julianne O'Neill practicing yoga for her #FlowRituals

Julianne O’Neill practicing yoga for her #FlowRituals

3. Healthy Diet:
We are not denying the fact that most of us on the hill like to indulge in a beverage or several Apres Ski. But a healthy diet does cancel out the not so healthy choices we make, but we would like to think it can’t be bad for you to eat healthy in between those binges at the lodges and villages. Resist the gut bomb breakfast with a simple Acai bowl. Pack some water and a few power bars or some fruit in your jacket. Hold on getting the mountain chili burger and grab a salad for lunch. It will help replenish that much needed energy on the hill, along with save the cash in your wallet while visiting the resorts.

4. Cross-Training Board Sports:
Surfing, Skateboarding, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Wakeboarding and Snowboarding are each their own separate discipline, but all share core board sport fundamentals. Each of these sports help you increase balance, core strength, reaction time, all the while allowing you to lose yourself in the act of having fun. Even having an Indo Board at home would help with training. There is something about having a board under your feet that makes exercise a little bit more fun to do.

Sarka Pancochova surfing for her #FlowRituals

Sarka Pancochova surfing for her #FlowRituals

5. Go Snowboarding:
Of course the best way to stay in snowboarding shape is to keep snowboarding. Just because your local hill stopped spinning the lifts months ago, open up a map and broaden your horizons. A quick google search and some planning and you could find yourself chasing the winter to the southern hemisphere in the summer. Going after one of the glacial camps here in North America or Europe. For the park rats, maybe you’ll visit the indoor slopes and fridges in Europe. There are even dry slopes that can be found for the hard core jibbers. Your snowboarding season ends only if you let it.

Frits Rijpers lapping the park at Skidome in Holland. Photo: Andy Troy

Frits Rijpers lapping the park at Skidome in Holland. Photo: Andy Troy

Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are any of you chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere or the glaciers and indoor parks abroad? Have you placed your snowboarding gear in storage until winter? What kind of summer toys do you lose yourself in? Bikes, skateboards, surfboards, SUP and wakeboards? Engage with us on social media and let us know what your #FlowRituals are. Post the photos & videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FlowRituals #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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Sarka Pancochova Keeping Up With Her Flow Rituals

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Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Sarka Pancochova to see how her summer travels have been treating her. Sarka has been a busy lady this summer filled with taking home a medal in a European surf championship, teaching kids at Woodward East along and of course getting back to nature with some mountain and rock climbing.

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Jed Sky Snowboarding North of the Border

Flow Snowboarding team athlete Jed Sky was north of the border, up Canada way to get some laps in up at Whistler Blackcomb. Check out this video of Jed Sky’s Canadian Summer. Filmed and edited by Seb Judge with Little Wing by thee Jimi Hendrix laying down the soundtrack.

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Snowing on Hawaii in July

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Here at Flow Snowboarding, we want to know… July is still considered summer… right? We are asking that because while the whole world was watching Mick Fanning punch a couple great white sharks over the weekend, it was also snowing on the Big Island of Hawaii on the summit of Mauna Kea. The summit of Mauna Kea sits at 13,796 feet. The snowfall wasn’t too substantial, as only 1.5 – 2 inches accumulated per the reports. It was just enough to close the road to the main summit.

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Strong El Niño Building For This Winter

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Flow Snowboarding can’t help but play the winter prediction game in the off-season, you could even call it one of our #FlowRituals. The real question we all want to know is… how much snow are we getting this coming winter? For those of us who have been hitting the ocean this summer, you can tell there is something building out there. This past week, our friends at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) had some good news in their ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) Diagnostic Discussion. What they said in their July 9th report was potentially good news for the drought stricken west.

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Tomas Santa Maria Splitboarding in Chile

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Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Tomas Santa Maria down in Chile to see how his start to the winter has been. Even though there was a lot of anticipation for the winter with the existing El Niño, (similar to California this winter) a lot of the Chilean resorts are experiencing pretty dry conditions and have yet to run full operations. Lack of snow at the local resorts didn’t stop Santa Maria from searching for the snow.

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Top 10 #FlowRituals Photos

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Summer has begun for the Northern Hemisphere, so Flow Snowboarding wanted to highlight the Top 10 #FlowRituals photos that have been shared by our Flow family. Use the hashtags #FlowSnowboarding #FlowRituals #FindYourFlow and you could be highlighted next month.

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Caleb Bonneville Heads To Bachelor 2015 Edit

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For Flow Snowboarding Micron Caleb Bonneville, the 2014-15 winter could have used more cowbell. Record lows as far as snow pack in California had Caleb seeking better snow in Oregon. That hunger took him up to Mount Bachelor in search of the soft white stuff. Unfortunately, mother nature sent him rain on his trip instead of snow. Not ideal conditions, shutting down most of the jumps. Caleb made the best of his trip hitting the jibline. Here is the edit from his trip up to the Pacific North West.

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What are your #FlowRituals when the snow melts Are you chasing the snow or turning the page to your summer activities? Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are you heading to any summer snowboarding camps or chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere? Have you placed your gear in storage and starting to break out the summer toys like your skate, surf and wakeboards? Learn more about #FlowRituals click this link HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-flowrituals

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Engage with us on social media. Post the photos & videos, tag us and use the hashtags#FlowRituals #FindYourFlow &#FlowSnowboarding

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Storing Your Snowboarding Gear In the Off-Season

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For most of us the snow has melted at your local mountains and you are well into your offseason routine or Flow Rituals. If you are not planning on hitting any of the summer camps or chasing the snow up in the Pacific Northwest, Southern Hemisphere or Europe than you need to make sure you store your gear properly so it will be nice and ready come the next winter season. Flow Snowboarding wanted to give you a few tips to make sure your gear is nice and ready for when the lifts start to spin again.

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Cees Wille in Off the Cuff: Dachstein From Postland Theory

Check out Flow Snowboarding global ambassador Cees Wille in the latest edit Off the Cuff: Dachstein from our friends at Postland Theory. Wille has a smooth park edit from their trip to Austria to ride Dachstein. Kas Lemmens, Alex Tank, Jochen Greven and Jesse Augustinus make out the rest of the Postland Theory crew on this video.

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