Sitting Down With Celia Miller

Flow Snowboarding had a chance to sit down with Celia Miller over her busy summer. We talked about her path as a professional snowboarder; from her East Coast roots as a child, to her life now living in Colorado. We also had a chance to ask Miller about her travels last winter and her European road trip this summer with her good friend Sarka Pancochova.

Where did you originally grow up?

I was born in Maryland and grew up in West Virginia before moving to Connecticut in high school.

Where do you currently live?

I live in Breckenridge, Colorado.

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

I went skiing once when I was like 10 but other than that I started with snowboarding at my local resort in Connecticut.

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

Right now I am on the Flow Jewel and Minx bindings. I love how versatile the Jewel is for riding park or riding pow if it dumps. And the Minx bindings are so simple and comfortable. Everyone is always jealous of my bindings. And I like the Deelite Coiler Boot. It is light weight and comfortable.

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

Breckenridge always feels like home. I love Colorado and don’t see myself leaving anytime soon.

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

I love surfing.. well I guess its a love/hate relationship. Its such a challenge for me and it takes me back to learning to snowboard. I want to just jump in the water and master it but it is not easy. I also have been taking up rock climbing but i have some fears there that definitely limit me so its humbling for sure.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

I had a couple great powder days at Vail last year. I wasn’t filming or shooting so it was just one of those personal days that kept me smiling for a while.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next year?

I would really like to spend some time in Wyoming and Montana this year. I have been talking with Sarka about some southern hemisphere trips as well.

Via Instagram we saw you went on a European trip this summer, travelling with Sarka and Courtney. Where did you all travel through and how was that trip?

The three of us wanted to go on a trip that was a real Euro vacation. Since Sarka was nursing a knee injury it was easier for us to fly there. She showed us around her country and we drove to Austria and Croatia and basically just worked on our tans. Austria is one of my favorite places in the world and never fails to impress me. And Croatia was so pretty with such clear water.

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

I went to Nicaragua this spring for a month to surf. It was super low key there but there are amazing breaks. I got totally absorbed in the beach life and can’t wait to go back.

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

I flew to Argentina for a 4 day promo in the city of  Buenos Aries where we hit a scaffolding jump in a park. That was an interesting trip.

What are your favorite Apres Ski activities?

Coffee… Nothing better then sitting at a cafe drinking a cappuccino after a day of shredding.

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

Just have fun! If your not enjoying it then your not doing it right.

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

Flow rules. If you ride the gear then you know why its so good! I’m stoked to be part of the family and ride gear that makes snowboarding what it should be. Awesome!

Looks like Celia Miller and Sarka Pancochova might be planning one more trip to the southern hemisphere before winter switches poles again. Are any of you  planning on heading to South America, Australia or New Zealand before their winter (our summer) ends? Please connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know. Share your photos and message us.

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.

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: Throwback to Shin Biyahima in Wydaho

Here is a great throwback to Flow International Team Rider from Japan, Shin Biyajima as he made a stop in “Wydaho” (the boarder of Wyoming & Idaho) to check out the backcountry scene & Ryan Van Lanen filmed a few shots.

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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…