Mike Basich on Filming Point Break 2

Our good friend and Flow Snowboarding team athlete Mike Basich was off in Italy last week filming for the major motion picture Point Break 2. Where the original film focused on adrenaline, highlighting surfing and skydiving… it would seen natural to include backcountry and big mountain riding in the sequel. We were able to track down Basich in Italy for a little Q & A about filming in Italy, along with a few other projects he’s been involved with.

So you are in Italy now? What has the experience filming for the next Point Break film been like? 

I must have watch the first Point Break ten times in the first months of release back then. It is pretty cool to be apart of something from the past into a new era. We are on our second shoot. The first one was a bit hectic, stressful and on the dangerous side of riding. Conditions where sketchy, lots of slides.

Where exactly have you been filming? 

We have been in Italy. Courmeyaur. All heli stuff. Heli-ing for Hollywood is very different than Alaska heli or any ski heli service. Taking a ride in a heli by yourself is pretty common here. A very strange feeling for me.

We have to ask have you had a chance to meet Keanu Reeves with the filming? 

Keanu Reeves isn’t in the new film. It’s a cool crew this time around. I can’t announce who they are but, I have been working with them on this second shoot.

Anything else you would like to say about the current or past shoot, or film coming up?

I haven’t done stunt work like this before. It is for sure different following certain things that needed to be done for the shot. Like riding with multiple people on a sketchy slope…

Now that winter is upon us… What are your travel plans over the next few months? 

On a plane soon as this trip is over to gather together the last to do list for Area-241, and getting the chairlift dialed. Hoping it will be a good season. There is so much to happen still at Area-241 with the Flow crew.


Read and watch more about Area-241: Chairlift Chronicles 

Anything you want to mention about your successful Kickstarter or portrait book?

I just finished up the details of my Self-Portrait book. It’s called The Frozen Chase. Sending over a sneak peak of it. It will be available at www.Area-241.com end of January. It is a 130+ page photo book of my self-portraits over 15 years.

Anywhere else your followers and Flow family could see what you have been up to? 

You can check out my segment in the new Absinthe Films movie Heavy Mental and the film The Little Things, both currently available on iTunes. When you see the film trailer for Point Break 2, look closely… You will probably see our brother Mike Basich, especially if it involves a mountain, snow and a killer snowboard line. Did you get your copy of Basich’s self portrait book? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Liz Kristoferitsch On Living In The Mountains

“Living in the mountains is an outstanding enrichment to my life. I am thankful for the possibility to be out there and to be a part of it. In addition to taking part in international freeride competitions, I truly enjoy sharing my experiences and love for winter sports by guiding and coaching” – Liz Kristoferitsch

Flow Snowboarding had the chance to connect with Flow Snowboarding Team Athlete Liz Kristoferitsch and discovered where the foundation for her love of the mountains came from. You don’t really have to look too far beyond where she grew up. Kristoferitsch grew up with a big family in Graz, Styria in Austria. Freeriding and mountaineering are the two main passions of life for Miss Kristoferitsch.

What was life growing up in Austria like?

“I truly love these intense moments filled with nature, freedom, emotions and the elements. There is a feeling about this place with its long term friendships that is hard to compare. I really enjoy my current life in the Dalaas village at Arlberg, and I also feel comfortable in Innsbruck where I have lived for almost ten years.”

What do you consider to be your home mountain?

Since I´ve been living at Arlberg for so many years, it is the place that I know best. I love to ride here.

What is your current snowboard set up? Boots, Board, Bindings? Do you switch it up for park and powder?

My freeride setup consists of Flow’s Hylite Focus boots, NX2-AT bindings and Rad Air Tanker 162 Board. I rarely switch and stick to my favorite set up.

Do you listen to music when you snowboard?

Sometimes I enjoy the sounds of the snow, sometimes I do listen to music. I kind of like to have one ear plug playing music. When it´s music it is either rock, punk, or very relaxing tones. 

Did you start skiing first or has it always been snowboarding? 

It is a family tradition- as a child at the age of three you are put on skis. In 1992 I was allowed to make my own choice and bought a snowboard, a decision that influenced my life a whole lot.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding? How old were you? 

At the age of 14 at Niederalpl, a small ski area in Styria. My friends and I all had boards but no clue about how to ride. It was quite a task but at the end of the day I had managed riding the t-bar and doing some turns. That made me really proud. For the next week every single muscle ached, it was so worth it.

How was the winter in Austria this past winter? 

Last season there was little amount of snowfall throughout the whole winter. Knowing where to go in the area was necessary to get some good turns. Still, I had some very good days in Austria riding powder. Only two hours south the amount of snow was tripled, so it was a good idea to go there some days.

For somebody planning their first snowboarding trip to Austria, what resorts should they definitely check out?

Arlberg, Austria and Maloja, Switzerland

What are some of your favorite apres ski activities?

Hot springs are fantastic.

Where is your favorite place to travel, not related to snowboarding?

I love quiet places near the sea. I’ve discovered Asia has such a great beach life.

What do you do during the summer months, in the off season? Do you chase the snow or take a break?

My winter starts in November and lasts until May of June. In between I take a break for relaxing and summer activities like mountain biking and hiking. Some days I go up the mountain for blackberries and I can take time to visit my family, which is hardly possible during the winter season.

You are a seasoned veteran to competing in freeride contests. Do you still nervous during contests?

I used to be very nervous, could hardly eat a bite before my run. During the years I have developed routines on contest days that help me to concentrate better and be less nervous. Anyway, with the first turn any nervousness is gone and I enjoy the ride.

The competition podium are a familiar home for you. How much does placing in competitions matter to you?

Standing on the podium is always special and a great honor for me. Every year the field becomes stronger. The challenges continue to get bigger in freeriding. Standing on the podium after a competition feels good. That experience is worth a lot in the world of freeride competitions.

You took a trip to Mongolia last year. Tell us a little about your trip. 

In May 2013, I was part of an expedition to the Tavan Bogd mountain range in Mongolia. Hiking and skiing in this remote area where Mongolia boarders China and Russia turned out to be an amazing experience. Read more about Kristoferitsch’s Mongolia Trip: lizkristoferitsch.com/freeskiingmongolia/story.html

What kind of activities and hobbies do you have other than snowboarding?

For a change I love skiing as well as mountain biking and hiking. When I am home I enjoy cooking, reading a good book and a glass of good wine.

Any words or thoughts you would like to say to the Flow Snowboarding customers and support?

Thank you for your amazing spirit!

Have you ridden in Austria yet? The Alps are home to some of the world’s greatest snowboarders and skiers. Where in the Alps have you been or like to go? Flow wants to know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Top 10 Useful Tools For Planning A Snowboarding Trip

The new chill in the air has you and your crew chomping at the bit to run to the hills. There are now 13 ski resorts open in North America. (Actually more now… Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is now open…) Winter is stealthily upon us and we at Flow Snowboarding could not be more exited.

You have your snowboard, bootsbindings and gear all packed up in your luggage bags and ready for your first voyage up the mountain. Flow Snowboarding wants to share with you 10 useful resources to stay on top of your snowboarding plans and trips this winter.

10. Facebook Snowboard Groups
Login to Facebook and search for the ski and snowboard groups in your area. There you can communicate with those in your area that you share the love of sliding on the snow with. Share your photos, find out about events and promotions, find people looking for carpooling options, find people to go ride with, make new friends that love snowboarding.

9. College & University Ski Clubs
If you are still a student, recent grad or alumni, take a look at your local colleges and universities. In most cases there are ski and snowboard clubs within these institutions of higher learning. Even the educated need a break to be up on a hill, away from the things of man. Find those other like minded souls that are more looking forward to their next trip up the hill, than what the professor is teaching them. Checking with your college and university advisers would be a best way to contact these individual clubs.

8. Ride Share Programs
Most major cities with a solid number of snowboarders (or even skiers) like Denver, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City or Seattle to name a few have ride share programs. Cities like Denver even have those massive lots just outside en route to the resorts, making it easier for people to coordinate a carpool up to the mountains. Carpooling not only frees up the traffic, but is also a great way to save money and meet new friends who share the stoke for snow.

7. Find My Friends
The Find My Friends application helps you locate your friends and identifies their exact location on the app’s navigational map. It is the perfect way to track where on the hill your friends ended up. If your party is late for a rendezvous or Apres-ski, you can see what run they are currently on. Find My Friends uses state-of-the-art Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to provide the most accurate, up-to-date locations in real-time.
For more information on Find My Friend, please visit:
For iPhone: www.apple.com/apps/find-my-friends/
For Android:  play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fsp.android.friendlocator&hl=en

6. The Weather Channel
It goes without saying, you need to know what the weather is. The most user friendly site for weather tracking is The Weather Channel’s website. It is a useful tool as they are very up to date with their weather forecasts, maps, videos, photos and news. How much snow (or sun) will there be? What is the next storm bringing? Plug in your city or zip code and find what is in store for the resort you plan on riding.
For more information on The Weather Channel, please visit www.weather.com

5. NOAA
What better way to track the snow than with the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)? NOAA is a solid go to resource for tracking weather and snowfall. Plug in your region, and you will get detailed short range and long term weather predictions. This site is as in depth as you want to drill into it. You can read the experts predictions of forecasts, watch infrared and satellite images, even animated sequences to track storm strength and trajectories. There are also quick links to road conditions.
For more information on NOAA, please visit: www.NOAA.gov

4. Your Local Department of Transportation
Depending on the state you are in, you might know it as CalTrans, CDOT, ODOT, WSDOT, WYDOT… They are your state’s Department of Transportation. Make sure you are familiar with these sites, especially if you plan on loading up the vehicle with your gear and road tripping it. There’s nothing worse then driving into a polar vortex and not being prepared. Road and highway closures are common in winter, even for the entire season. Knowing the roads ahead of you for your trip will also help you determine if you need a 4X4 or AWD, or if your good driving up your gas efficient 2WD whip. Make sure you are dialed into your local Department of Transportation.

3. Liftopia
Liftopia’s aim is for everyone to enjoy more of their time on the hills and in the mountains — from curious beginners to life-long athletes. They are the largest online marketplace for ski lift tickets. Their website allows you to scour the internet for some of the best lift ticket deals, via city, state, region and country. Their discounts on lift tickets range anywhere between 20% to over 50% off retail prices. If you are planning ahead for your ski trips, make sure you bookmark this page.
For more information on Liftopia, please visit www.liftopia.com 

2. There Is An App For That
Power in the palm of you hands. We live in a very digital age. Whether it is checking in with the resorts, storm tracking, finding lift deals or even discounted accommodations… search your Android or iPhone application store. You will find an app for that. Liftopia, NOAA and OnTheSnow (mentioned in the next tool) even have their own applications. Most major ski resorts also have their own personalized applications that offer promotions, GPS tracking to track your runs and distance ridden. Take a quick search in your Application Store on you smart phone. Find the apps that work best for you.

1. On The Snow
We mentioned 13 resorts are open as of today, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is set to open tomorrow on November 13th, with more resorts set to open this weekend. How do you keep track of all these resorts? One great resource is On The Snow as they stay up to date with snow reports, resort break downs, weather and even links to the live webcams at the resorts. They are also a great resource covering gear, news and travel. They also have an active and solid community on their forums. For mobile devices, they also have one of the most in depth resort and snow tracking application
For more information, please visit: www.OnTheSnow.com
For iphone: itunes.apple.com/us/app/ski-snow-report/id300412347?mt=8
For Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skireport&hl=en

Is all your snowboarding gear still in working shape? Do you need an upgrade on your bindingsboots or snowboard? Maybe a board bag or luggage to transport all your gear? Of course Flow Snowboarding has you covered. Check out our online shop, now offering free shipping for orders over $100.

Please connect with us at Flow Snowboarding and share your photos via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding and do not forget to tag us at Flow. Who knows… you might win out Photo of the Week contest.

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Flow’s Dale Rehberg in Snowboard Magazine’s Surf the Snow

Surf The Snow: Part 2 – Dale Rehberg’s Darwin Theory from Snowboard Magazine on Vimeo.

Have you had a chance to check out the interview Snowboard Magazine did with Flow Snowboarding Marketing Director Dale Rehberg? Rehberg discusses quiver filling, the new Darwin powder snowboard and Darwin Theory.

“Right now I’m riding a Flow Darwin board,” said Rehberg. “Which is a powder specific, niche board and I love it. It’s kind of a collaboration between myself and Mike Basich and it worked really well today.”

Are you ready for the powder season? Where do you ride on a powder day? We want to see your photos! Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Kickstarter for Definition: Snowboarding a Film by Matt Devino

Definition: Snowboarding is a feature length documentary about what snowboarding means to those who live it. Filmmaker Matt Devino is currently running a Kickstarter to get the project off the ground. This documentary film project explores the definition of snowboarding from the perspective of those who live it.

The film has been a passion project of Devino’s for the past year, working on it without any funding of any kind. The goal of Definition: Snowboarding is to show the public just how amazing Snowboarding is, hopefully inspiring people to go snowboarding for the first time, and reinvigorating people who already ride to get out there and ride their boards.

Devino has been interviewing some of Snowboarding’s biggest names for the film, filming snowboarding footage exclusively for the film, and now it’s time to raise funds to complete the film. Devino need funds for things such as travel to locations to film exciting new Snowboarding footage exclusively for the film, and paying for camera crew and editor time. This round of funding is looking exclusively for production funds so Devino can get out there and film some amazing footage for the film this winter. Definition: Snowboarding will be an in-depth look into all of the genres of snowboarding through the eyes of those who live it.

“We plan to create a film with the support of core snowboarding that will welcome the general public into our lives,” said Devino, “…and to share the complete picture of riding rather that just the homogenized competitive X Games style of riding most people associate with snowboarding. Ultimately, we want to inspire new people to go snowboarding for the first time, and reinvigorate current riders to get out there and enjoy their boards more often and continue to live the dream.”

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.

For more information on the film Definition: Snowboarding please visit:
www.definitionsnowboarding.com
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For more information on filmmaker Matt Devino please visit:
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www.twitter.com/matt_devo
www.facebook.com/mattdevino1

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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Mike Basich’s Self Portrait Book Kickstarter Campaign

Help our brother Mike Basich’s has currently started a Kickstarter campaign to release 130+ hardcover self portrait book covering his 15 years as a professional photographer and snowboarder. We at Flow Snowboarding want to help get Basich’s DIY project off the ground and flying, check out the video above and hear it from the legend himself.

Basich is currently offering various pledge points, each with their own unique item or items when this project takes flight. For $5 you would receive a postcard of Basich’s epic helicopter drop, along with a personal thank you message, for $15 you would receive a signed 241 clothing poster and $49 you would receive the book signed. For those willing to take their donations to the next level, Basich is offering 40 X 60 canvas prints of his helicopter drop or the Yeti outfit selfie for pledges of $500 or more.

Helping Basich get this project off the ground and having one of these books in your collection is a win win. If you can afford it, the canvas prints aren’t too shabby either. Have any of you already pledged on Basich’s Kickstarter? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Welcome to Alaska Tomas Santa Maria

Welcome to Alaska from tsantam on Vimeo.

Check out this video of Flow Snowboarding’s South American team athlete Tomas Santa Maria. He put this together on his last trip up to Alaska. Plenty of hiking and powder shots to get you stoked for winter here in North America. Santa Maria said that the winter down south is wrapping up. With North America starting to see its first dusting the past few weeks, it is only a matter of time before the lifts and helicopters start spinning us powder hungry snowboarders up the hill for some fresh tracks.

Have you made the voyage up to Alaska yet? No? What’s your excuse… Tomas Santa Maria made it all the way from the other America to ride some untouched AK. If you have made it to Alaska, Flow Snowboarding would love to see you photos. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Don’t forget to send Tomas Santa Maria a few “Holas” via social as well.

On The Road with Micah Hoogeveen

Flow Snowboarding’s Micah Hoogeveen has had a busy summer. Over the summer, Hoogeveen was working as a fireman in Colorado and ended up doing some time with a hotshot crew out of Idaho. Already accustomed to life on the road, his hotshot crew was always on the go in Idaho and even headed over to Northern California to help battle the massive King Fire. Battling his last fire, Hoogeveen was injured, but expected to make a full recovery. Feel free to hit him up on social for words of encouragement as he heals up and rehabs in preparation for the winter. Flow Snowboarding had a moment to catch up with Hoogeveen during his unexpected down time. Here is the interview below.

Where is home for you?

On the road, but I get my mail sent to my parents house in Grand Junction, CO were I grew up.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding?

A little resort outside of Grand Junction, Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Did you ever ski, or have you always snowboarded?

No two planking for this guy, just boardin’.

What is your current board, boots and bindings set up? Does it change from freeride to freestyle?

The 159 Whiteout is my everyday board, rips everything from, jumps, rails, and pow.

The NX2′s are my go to bindings for everything, lots off response, ad enough flex to ride anything

The Hylite Focus are my boots of choice, perfect flex for all types of riding. The Vibram sole is perfect for hiking gnarly lines and sledding.

The 156 Darwin best pow deck you can by, then on those days you want to ride the resort and rail some turns it will do that too. The Augmented Base Technology – ABT makes it feel like you are riding a pillow on the snow. It will hit jumps and rails too.

Who were your influences in snowboarding growing up?

Ryan Robinson, Casey Woodmansee, Chad Tolley, and the Un..Inc. crew.

What do you consider your home mountain to be?

Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Where is your favorite place to ride?

Valdez, AK on Thompson pass. That place is unreal. It’s a boarder’s mecca up there. So much terrain to be had and I wish I had the time or money to ride it all.

What’s lasting memory from last season?

One memory that stands out is the trip I took with Ben Gevalda from Transworld. Just a small crew of good buddies chasing pow around Montana, cramming 6 dudes in a hotel room, riding till you can’t see, broken sleds, exploring new terrain, and party laps with your friends in pow everyday. Trips you read about growing up in the magazines and what snowboarding is all about.

Any place you are looking forward to riding next season?

Summit at Snowqualmie and Alpental east of Seattle, WA. It’s one of my favorite resorts to ride. Amazing terrain, lots of pow, a great park, and a cool mountain nostalgia. I’m fortunate to get to ride for this mountain and I look forward to going back every season.

What are some of your favorite places to ride? 

Summit at Snowqualmie, Silverton Resort, Montana (the whole state), Brighton to name a few. Anywhere I can find enough snow to go boardin’ on.

Do you ride with any music, or an mp3 player? If so, what music typically finds its way onto your mix?

I try not to ride with it in the backcountry but on mellow days at a resort I’ll be rocking some Metal. Red Fang, Sabbath, Slayer, Witch, and a little bit of hip hop mixed in there.

Tell us a little bit about The Impaler film you’ve been plugging…

Well I met Brett Spur, one of the filmmakers this last season. I went on an amazing trip with he and some buddies from the TransworldSnow trip.  We found some crazy new zones, built some jumps, and had tons of fun party boarding and doing some filming in the process. I got to see a sneak peek of a section of the film and its going to be pretty heavy. Lots of talented street boarders doing some heavy rails, drops, and gaps throughout the Midwest. These guys put two years into this project and it shows. I’m excited to have a small part in the film doing some powder ‘boardin. The film premieres this weekend in Minnesota so go to the-impaler.com to find a spot where its premiering near you.

Do you have any films or projects coming up this winter?

I do. I will be meeting up with Brett Spur and a couple other buddies up in Montana and we a going to do a project about our adventures this next season. I’m pretty excited about this season cause the last couple have been tough trying to get everything to fall into place. It is in the infancy stages right now but should be a project to watch.

You work as a fireman during the summer. Tell us a little about your firefighting this summer.

It was a pretty random fire season for me this year. I started in May working in Colorado and they had a pretty quiet season this year. So I ended up getting offered a 21 day job with a Hot Shot crew out of Idaho. I got there at the end of July and pretty much went from 0 to 100 miles per hour. We got on quite a few fires in Idaho then headed to Northern California and stayed there for two weeks then back Idaho again for a fire then back to California for the King Fire. The King Fire had some wild fire behavior and my season got cut a little short do to an incident with a tree.  It ended up being almost two months on the crew and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m hoping to make a full recovery from the injury to my leg and be back for the Colorado preseason boardin.

Other than firefighting has your summer been? Have you had a chance to travel much? Or catch up with some summer activities?

Firefighting pretty much consumes my summers. I did fall in love with river surfing. I suck at it but I like a good challenge and it’s the closest thing to shredding pow that I can do during the summer. I do get to do a lot of traveling and camping where only a few people have ever been with firefighting during the summer. Getting flown in by helicopter to work and camp is pretty sweet.

How did you get involved working with Flow?

Jordan Zdanek, who is a regional rider for FLOW, started riding for Greg Oakley, who is the regional sales rep for the Rocky Mountain region, and put me in touch with Greg. Jordan and I lived together in Summit County in Colorado in 2010 and helped Greg out at demos. During the next couple seasons, we worked our way up the sponsorship ladder. The rest is history.

Any advice to riders looking to get noticed or sponsored?

Love Snowboarding! It is why we all do it. It can make any crappy day fun and beats any day behind a desk. Work hard, it’s a trait that people take for granted nowadays and if you put the work in, it will payoff. Stay positive, your head can be your greatest asset or your worst enemy. Do it because you want to. Companies like to see someone who is passionate about boardin’. It will show in your riding and show people how much fun you can have snowboarding.

Are there any events, projects or causes that you are involved with that you would like to give some exposure to?

I’m really stoked to be apart of the A-Rob Banked Slalom that benefits the A-Rob Plant A Seed Project. The Plant A Seed project is a non-profit that helps get underprivileged kids on the slopes for their first time and introduces them to the fun they can have snowboarding. Aaron Robinson was a good buddy and snowboarder who passed away in 2011 in Chile and it was started do to his dream to get everyone snowboarding. All the proceeds from the slaloms at Big Sky and Alpental go to the Plant A Seed Project to buy new equipment for the kids, food, and to get them to the mountain. It’s an awesome event to race your friends on a fun course that also benefits an amazing cause. Check out www.facebook.com/SmashLifeBankedSlalom for all of the details on the slalom and the A-Rob Plant A Seed Project.

Any last words for Flow’s followers and customers?

GO BOARDIN’!

Do any of you offer your free time for civil service and battle wildfires like Micah Hoogeveen? What activities and hobbies keep you busy and active over the summer until the snow flies? Do you keep riding by skating & surfing? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Don’t forget to send Micah Hoogeveen some “Get Well Soon” wishes via social.

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Mike Basich Featured in Heavy Mental by Absinthe Films

Check out our pal Mike Basich who is featured in the latest Absinthe film Heavy Mental.

“The lack of snow in much of the world, and a lack of snowpack stability in most other places, made this winter exceptionally challenging. Mentally and otherwise. A bit like a riddle, a maze, and a game of chicken rolled into one. With heavy consequences for not playing at the very top of your game. Lucky for you, (and for Absinthe) we were at the right place at the right time. But that would be a long and weird name for a movie, so we decided to call this one HEAVY MENTAL. You will be rocked.” -Absinthe Films

Heavy Mental is now available for download on iTunes. Have you seen the film yet? If so… what did you think of Mike Basich’s segment? We at Flow Snowboarding want to know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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What Snowboarding Has Given Bas Elhorst

“Snowboarding has been my life so far. I wake up with snowboarding and go to bed with it, I breathe snowboarding. Snowboarding has done so many good things for me. I cannot even name them all.” -Bas Elhorst

Flow Snowboarding Global Ambassador Bas Elhorst has been riding the greater part of two decades now, with most of that time being winter resident of Arlberg, Austria in the Alps. Elhorst had an internship up in Alaska at H20 guides as a heli-operator and has completed his Austrian Snowboard guiding course Snowboard Führer. The knowledge that Elhorst acquired from Snowboard Führer allows him to guide other snowboarders into the backcountry of the Alps.

“I am not a conventional guide that shows the typical places where everybody can go down symmetrical in a row,” explained Elhorst on his website. “My style of guiding is about giving your own input and stimulating a learning process. It is about forecasting avalanches, awareness, fun and most of all safety.”

Elhorst started as an instructor, would shoot films and also entered in competitions. As Elhorst started to compete in more FIS boardercross and Freeridecross events, he began allocating more focus on competing. Upon being invited into the Freeride World Qualifying Series in Europe, he made competing in the Freeride World Series one of his goals.

“In order to reach the top of the Freeride World Tour I am doing a lot of fitness, surfing and cycling,” said Elhorst on his website.

Flow Snowboarding had a chance to shoot a few questions across the globe to Bas Elhorst; see how his summer is going, recap his winter, get an update on the rehab of his broken ankle, and what he’s looking forward to next season.

Where are you originally from? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Amsterdam and moved to Austria when I was 18.

Where do you currently live?

I live half of the year in the Netherlands, on the border of Amsterdam, the other half of the year I live in Austria in the Arlberg area.

Where was your first trip to the mountains to go ski/snowboard? What Resort

That was in Gries, a tiny village in the Ötztal area.

Did you grow up skiing first or have you always been snowboarding?

I first grew up skiing in the holidays, my first snowboard experience was when I was 14 on an old B#rT#n 164 alpine board with a big “Legalize It” sticker.

What’s your current board, boots and bindings preference?

My favorite board is definitely the Maverick 164, which is a true high speed all mountain machine, but I started to appreciate the Darwin 157 more and more last winter, because it was so mellow on my ankle that I broke last winter. I also love to ride the Maverick 161 for riding kickers and playing in the powder.

The boots I have been riding are the Talon Focus, they give me a solid support that I need and they are just the perfect fit for my feet.

For the bindings I really do love NX2 GT with their new strap technology and they are not too stiff for my liking.

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

The Arlberg, Austria

Being in the Alps, do you normally take advantage of all the glacier summer snowboarding, or do you take a break in the off season?

No, I love the break in between.

You have been recovering from an injury last season, right? What happened?

I broke my right ankle on a run to Lech on one of the few powder days we had last season. I misjudged a spine that I wanted to jump, I jumped it too much straight instead to the left, and landed on a big rock at the end of a big rock field. It could have been much worse though.

How is the recovery going?

Really well, I can run, surf and mountain bike without any troubles. Only when skateboarding, I still have to be careful though.

Other than snowboarding, what other kind of sports or hobbies do you participate in?

My favorite other hobby is Surfing, but I got myself more into mountain biking last winter for the recovery of my ankle and I must say that it’s also a very addictive sport I like. I do like the adrenaline and adventures part of all these sports.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

Riding with the Gnarlberg Steinbocks in Italy, we found a great resort that I would like to keep a secret. They have the best couloirs and bowls with lift access. It was a bit of a risky weekend, but so much fun.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next year?

I am looking forward to riding with friends on those crazy powder days, to explore new mountains and to guide my guests and show them the most wonderful runs they can imagine.

Where was the furthest you’ve ever traveled in order to snowboard?

I worked for a season at H2O guides in Alaska, Valdez.

Where was your favorite place to travel to not related to snowboarding?

I love Sumatra Indonesia, because it is still pure and they have so many good waves.

What kind of music do you prefer riding to?

No music. Love the sound of the popcorn and wind around my head.

Any advice you would like to give to all the aspiring younger snowboarders out there?

Do what you love, and don’t take it to serious, it’s just snowboarding.

Anything else you’d like to say to the Flow support or customers?

I am very grateful for the Flow support and the people that buy the Flow products, without them I would have been bankrupt with all the gear that I trash when I am out there riding. The products improved a lot over the years and Flow takes the riders feedback very serious. On a long-term base I would love to get even more involved with the product design and R&D.

BY FAIR MEANS – lost tales from gnarlberg (subtitles) from Elmar Strotmann on Vimeo.

Bas Elhorst emphasized the importance of backcountry and avalanche training and education prior to starting his venture as a snowboarding guide. Have any of you completed your appropriate backcountry education yet? Let us know where you studied avalanche and backcountry saftey. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.