Flow Tailgate Alaska 2013 Edit

To get you through these summer months, lets have a throwback to Flow Tailgate Alaska 2013. Watch Flow’s Mike Basich, Tim Humphreys, Shin Biyajima, and Jason Gretzinger they make the Mission up to the 49th State for Flow Tailgate Alaska. This video was filmed & edited by Wojtek Targosz of Grow Up Productions.

FLOW TAILGATE ALASKA 2013 EDIT from FLOW SNOWBOARDING on Vimeo.

Flow Tailgate AK is a World Freeride Festival that takes place deep in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska. It consists of Snow Science Classes, Man Games, Parties, Snowmobiling, Heli Boarding, Backcountry Lines for days and not to mention THE best Powder and Mountains in the world.

Have any of you had the dream fulfilled of riding in Alaska? We’d love to hear about it, or better yet… post your pictures. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Mike Basich Constantly Building For the Future

Mike Basich first strapped on a snowboard in 1985 when he hiked the side of the run of Soda Springs Mountain Resort. Ever since then, the mountains just continue to get bigger and bigger. Flow was able to track down and catch up with Basich, discussing Area 241, snowboarding, world travelling and all the building he is continuously doing in order to feed all these passions.

What kind of activities do you do in the summer to maintain your winter riding shape?

I build a lot of stuff that keeps me in shape and inline of what I will do the following year. I am always building in the summer for the coming year.

With all the travelling you do for snowboarding… what would you consider your home mountain to be?

Area-241 for sure! I do ride at Sugarbowl a lot. Super rad place.

Tell us a little bit about Area-241?

Area-241 is a place for creative ideas to take on a life. It offers such a fun open space with snowboarding and photography. I hope to keep building that and adding to it, with art and the great outdoors there. It has been such a great place to test out boards and everything Flow makes and is working on.

What kind of upgrades have you made to your Sierra mountain cabin in Tahoe?

I finished the lift, which was huge! Super stoked to have that done. Still wanting to add lights and some cool night disco lights for night riding.

What is your current Flow setup?

I’m riding the Maverick. A lot. Sometimes the Darwin on deep snow. Riding the NXT2 bindings. I have been switching around with boots and been stoked on them all.

Where do you see the current direction of the snow sports industry?

I feel it is going to find a great customer commitment build. Things are getting tightened and loyal customers are the ones that will keep the healthy part of the sport breathing in the right direction. The way people buy things is always changing. It (snow sports industry) is going to have a big change that is still waiting to happen.

What was your favorite moment from last winter?

Filming with the Absinthe Films crew was pretty rad and felt really healthy for me. Kept me on my toes a lot.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next winter?

I hope Area-241 will have a great season. Last couple years have been pretty bad. There is still so much to have happen there.

What are some of your passions in life other than snowboarding? Activities, hobbies, studies… etc?

Building for sure! I built a tiny house on wheels this winter which was so awesome of an addition to the traveling world. Hope to have so much more of that.

How old is your dog Summit?

My dog Summit is now 7.

Any places you love travelling to, not related to snowboarding?

It is always about the snow :)

Anything else you’d love to say to the FlowSnowboarding supporters and family?

I can’t wait for the temps to start to drop. I’ll see you all in the parking lots of the deepest snow this coming season… I hope.

Thoughts of winter are all starting to creep into our minds even though it’s summer everywhere other than the southern hemisphere. Are any of you heading out towards the Sierra or Lake Tahoe this winter? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Windells Camp Session 6: Featuring Flow’s Tim Humphreys & Jon Overson


Check out this Windells Camp Session 6: Featuring Tim Humphreys & Jon Overson book ending the montage with some sick footage from Windells Camp on Mt. Hood, Oregon.

Got Snow? The Pacific Northwest still does. If you are still riding, let us know where. If not, what are doing over the summer as you bide your time until winter? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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 Snowboarding: Mike Basich 2013/2014 Winter Wrap Up!

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Mike Basich has been one incredibly busy person this year. Filming as a stunt double for a Hollywood movie, traveling to Europe and Alaska, and building his own house on wheels! We don’t know where the guy finds all of this time to do these things, but we’re stoked that he does and we get to enjoy watching his adventures. We caught up with Mikey B recently to learn more about his non-stop Winter season. Continue reading

Flow Snowboarding Rider Profile: Mike Basich

Flow Snowboarding Rider Profile Mike Basich
Mike Basich is as rugged as they come. He is a modern day mountain man. He can update his Instagram while in remote Alaskan Backcountry. All he needs is the bare essentials; his Flow Snowboarding gear, an avalanche kit, and a GoPro. While most of us are dreaming of these adventures, Mike Basich is living it.

BackCountry Exploration

Favorite thing about Backcountry

“Quiet, No tracks, and nobody telling you where to go!”

How has GoPro changed the way you share your snowboarding?

“GoPro has saved my back, I used to haul around a 40 lb backpack, now my pack doesn’t even know there is a camera in it. That’s for sure one of the best parts. Quality with it has been great too in such a small package. I ride with the camera more, I used to set up things a lot on a tripod.”

Snowboard Projects

What can we expect from Mike Basic This year and your Storm Chasers Project?

“For sure working more and more this year to chase the storms. I’ve been building a new rig on a trailer that I am excited to head to Alaska with this spring.”

What other things can we expect?

“Working on getting more creative with filming, been racing as well with what’s left of winter, such a late start. I’m excited to get some deep days in.”
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10 Words With Mike Basich

Backcountry – Please
GoPro – Get-R-Done
Alaska – Springing for Spring
Snowboarding – Sideways
Pow – Dreamy
Flow Snowboarding – Homies
Area 241 – quietrush
Yeti – Playin
Dog – Partner in Crime
Life – Loving it

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Twitter: @area241
Instagram: @mikebasich
Facebook: mikeybasich

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FLOW SNOWBOARDING SOCIAL MEDIA WATCH LIST: 5 Snowboarders to Watch in 2014

Social Media is an amazing phenomenon. We have access to our favorite athletes, companies, and famous personalities at the touch of a button. It is connecting people all over the world and sharing locations that most people would have never known existed. Snowboarders are the ideal people to follow on social media. They travel to amazing locations, meet incredible people, and do awesome things! Flow has compiled their list of 5 snowboarders to keep an eye out for in 2014.

Scotty Lago

Scotty Lago 5 snowboarders to follow on social media
Every cloud has a silver lining. Flow and the rest of the snowboarding world is bummed that we do not get to cheer on our favorite American at Sochi this year. However, everything happens for a reason and we believe that 2014 will be a great year for Scotty. Without the pressure of the Olympics, Scotty will now be able to travel and ride amazing backcountry locations. What does that mean for his social media followers? Amazing photos, videos, and content that we can spend hours watching, re-posting, and drooling over. Expect big things from Mr. Lago in 2014.

Connect with Scotty
Twitter: twitter.com/scottylago
Facebook: facebook.com/lago
Instagram: @scottylago

Tim Humphreys

Tim Humphreys 5 snowboarders to follow on social media
Tim is one of the most up to date snowboarders in the world. With GoPro being one of his sponsors, Tim constantly has a camera on him at all time. He loves editing and posting clips from his sessions and we, as social media followers, get to reap the benefits. Tim’s light-hearted approach to snowboarding and life is a breath of fresh air for social media followers. Tim is also very engaging with his followers on social media. Ask him a question, he’ll respond.

Connect with Tim
Twitter: twitter.com/timjumphreys
Facebook: facebook.com/prohero
Instagram: @timhumphreys

Sarka Pancochova

Sarka Pancochova 5 snowboarders to follow on social media
Sarka is currently in Sochi and when she is not competing, she is riding Russia’s pristine backcountry. Sarka is a very relaxed and happy girl, but when she puts on a contest jersey it is all business. Sarka is definitely a snowboarder to watch in 2014. Follow Sarka to see how she is doing in Sochi and with her travels in general.

-Check out Sarka’s Flow Rider Profile HERE

Connect with Sarka
Twitter: twitter.com/sarkasnow
Facebook: facebook.com/sarkapancochova
Instagram: @sarkasnow

Mike Basich

Mike Basich 5 snowboarders to follow on social media
The term “Off the Grid” doesn’t even begin to describe Mike. This guy is as rugged as they come. He lives and breathes backcountry adventure and has traveled to the most remote places in the world. Mike doesn’t need much to survive. Give him a Flow setup, some food, and a GoPro and he delivers social media gold. Mike’s latest venture is his “Stoked Storm Ready” project where he built a house on a flatbed trailer. He is currently traveling all over North America chasing storms and snow. Mike is definitely worth following on social media.

Connect with Mike
Facebook: facebook.com/mikeybasich
Twitter: twitter.com/area241
Instagram: @mikebasich

Drayden Gardner

Drayden Gardner 5 snowboarders to follow on social media
Drayden is an up and comer in the Snowboarding world. At just 14 years old, he is already making a name for himself. This young world traveler found himself on the podium in both slope style and pipe this year at the Burton European Open. Drayden is constantly documenting his travels on social media and is definitely worth following.

-Check out Drayden’s Flow Rider Profile HERE

Connect with Drayden
Facebook: facebook.com/drayden
Instagram: @draydengardner

 

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