Get to know this talented snowboarder
Nathan Jacobson is a true snowboarding talent. Hailing from Bend Oregon, Nathan was born to be a snowboarder and started young learning how to board at Mt. Bachelor. At just 16 years old, Nathan has already competed in the Men’s US Open of Snowboarding against the likes of Scotty Lago & Louie Vito. Nathan has recently joined the US Snowboard Team and is poised to have an amazing start to his snowboarding career. This young snowboarder also had a solid showing at this year’s USASA Nationals in Colorado with a 3rd place in men’s open halfpipe and a 6th in slopestyle. If this is a preview of what is to come, then we are all in for a treat. Continue reading
Get to know Small Fry Shredder Sophia Capua
With most sports, the common theme that you hear is “ Start ‘em young”. Sophia Capua embodies the very essence of this phrase. At just 6 years old, Sophia is snowboarding well beyond her years. She is one of the hardest working Microns with Flow. She puts out monthly edits that are creative and fun, snowboards any chance that she gets, and is already getting photos in certain publications (most recent in Summit Daily). But if you ask Sophia, snowboarding is anything but work. She is doing it for the simple fact that snowboarding is fun.
For a young aspiring snowboarder, snowboarding is everything. For Sophia Capua, snowboarding is FUN. The main reason that most of us start to do anything, is for the simple fact that it is fun. Sophia hasn’t lost sight of that belief, and from the looks of it, she probably never will. This pint sized shredder loves snowboarding and is constantly pushing her parents for more time on the mountain.
Local Spots & Favorite things about Snowboarding
Sophia hails from Colorado and frequently inhabits the local spots of Copper Mountain & Loveland Ski Resort. The young Micron snowboards at any chance that she gets. For this reason, “Dad’s Park” (a.k.a the Capua’s backyard) was created. Sophia is not scared one bit, she loves hitting rails and doing jumps that seem to be nearly 3X her size. Anytime that Sophia can have a snowboard under her feet is a good time.
10 Words with Sophia Capua
Family Shred – “They’re Awesome!”
Snowboarding – “Surfing on the Snow”
Copper Mountain – “Halfpipe”
Flow Snowboarding - “My Snowboarding Family”
Slopestyle- “It has big jumps and Sarka (Pancochova) is awesome!”
Yoda Costume – “LightSaber”
Dancing – “Is cooler when you are on a snowboard”
USASA Nationals- “New Friends”
Halfpipe – “It has huge walls”
Family – “I love them all”
Sophia Capua is an awesome Micron. She is favorite both on Social Media and here at Flow. With an awesome attitude and amazing talent, the sky’s the limit for Sophia.
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Photo: Jared Meyer
Drayden Gardner is a very talented young snowboarder. At just 14 years old, Drayden is already making a name for himself within the snowboarding world. He is a very driven young man both with snowboarding and his academics. Keep an eye out for Drayden!
For Drayden, it would have been shocking if he never picked up snowboarding. Coming from deep snowboarding roots, Drayden was destined to have a board under his feet.
“I started when I was like two because my mom and dad were both snowboard instructors” explained Drayden, “That is how they met. Also, my grandpa has been the director of ski patrol for over 40 years at Summit so I was kind of there all the time from the time I was born. I think I was on an 80 as soon as I could walk. The pictures are funny!”
Drayden immediately fell in love with snowboarding for one simple reason, “It was just so fun!”. The fun that is derived from snowboarding still resonates true to Drayden today. He has taken this love for snowboarding and turned it into a career. This year Drayden got 2nd in slope style and 3rd in pipe at the Burton European Open in Switzerland. Drayden is very grateful for his competitive success and for everything that snowboarding has given him. He has traveled all over the world and even jumped out of a helicopter in New Zealand when he was 12 years old!
“Everything! It’s what I love to do…that and Skate…and Wakeskate….and Snowskate”
“What is today but yesterday’s tomorrow?” – Mr. Crabs
10 Words With Drayden
U.S. Open- Good contest
X Games- Judges
Hot Laps- Bear Mountain
Drayden Gardner is a name that you will continue to hear more throughout the snowboarding world. Drayden is a very humble and talented young rider, and we look forward to seeing what he has to offer in the future.
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Sarka Pancochova hails from the Czech-Republic and is a world class snowboarder. She will be representing her home country in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Flow caught up with Sarka to gauge her feelings about the event and also about snowboarding in general.
2x Winter Olympian
First Vancouver and now Sochi, Sarka is beginning to hit full stride within her snowboarding career. Making the Czech-Republic snowboarding team two times in a row is quite the accomplishment. Sarka is excited about heading into her second consecutive winter Olympics. “I’m very happy! Honestly, I don’t really know what to expect. I just want to land my run. That’s all I want”. Sarka is keeping it as simple as possible heading into Sochi. She believes that by focusing on snowboarding, everything else will fall into place. “All that I can do is my run, I can’t control external factors”, explained Pancochova.
The Winter Olympics can place a lot of pressure on snowboarders, regardless of how many times they have gone. Sarka believes that she is not just snowboarding for herself, but for her entire country. “It’s cool. My country supports me a lot. So it’s nice to give back”. While the pressure can crack many other athletes, Sarka looks at the Winter Olympics through a different lens. She looks at Sochi as an opportunity to give back to her country and a way to experience all that Sochi has to offer, not just the event. “I went there last year and the terrain is pretty much insane. I’m excited to ride some pow. It will be good times for sure!”. Sarka is planning on using the backcountry to relax her mind and be a distraction from the pressure and stress of the event. It is this positive outlook that Sarka is hoping to assist her throughout the Winter Olympics.
Snowboarding: A Lifestyle
Sarka did not start snowboarding to one day become an Olympic athlete. She simply did it because it was a release of creativity and self-expression. People don’t start snowboarding with the sole purpose of competing, they do it because it’s fun. “ It’s my everyday life and excitement. It’s fun to learn new tricks and do good at competition, but it’s more important to be happy with what I am doing. I have so many friends all over the world and have been almost everywhere. I can deal pretty much with any kind of situation. I love that part of snowboarding. Exploring.” Snowboarding has given Sarka the opportunity to travel the world and develop life-long relationships with people from all different cultures. She knows how important competition is to her career, but she still loves the roots of snowboarding. “I like going to contest and challenging myself. But back country will always be number one for me”, Pancochova explained. Sarka believes that this balance between competition and free-riding is key for her career and overall happiness in life.
“It’s not about where you’re at, but how much you can enjoy what you’re doing” -Sarka Pancochova
Check Out Sarka and Celia Miller enjoying what they’re doing
Sarka is not only an amazing snowboarder, but an amazing human being. Tune into the Sochi Winter Olympics to watch Sarka and other world-class snowboarders represent their countries.
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