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.

TAILGATE ALASKA 2012 pt1…

Flow Tailgate Alaska

Flow Tailgate Alaska Vessel

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.

Flow Tailgate Alaska Vessel packed up

This is what the inside looked like after we picked up our generators, tents, product and supplies. Asking for it…

Grabbing some Fireworks

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

Flow Basecamp Coming together

After a couple days Basecamp started to come together

Flow Team Riders tent

This was where most our Team Riders stayed, an Alaknak Hunting Tent

NXTZ Balaclava

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…

Cheers from Flow

Then it was time to GO SNOWBOARDING!  Look for the edit to drop soon!

Flow Campfire

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

Flow tent was THE spot to chill in

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

Mike Basich, Flows Tailgate Alaska

Mike Basich, Flows Tailgate Alaska 2012 pic by Dods

Scotty Lago at Flows Tailgate Alaska

Scotty Lago at Flows Tailgate Alaska 2012 Pic by Dods

Sarka Pancochova at Flows Tailgate Alaska

Sarka Pancochova at Flows Tailgate Alaska 2012 pic by Kinger

 

More to come soon…