Julianne O’Neill Wintering In New Zealand

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Julianne O’Neill at Millford Sound, New Zealand Photo by Kevin O’Neill

 

Flow Snowboarding ambassador Julianne O’Neill and her husband Kevin decided to chase the winter south of the equator and spend our summer (their winter) down in New Zealand. We took the time to check in with O’Neill to see how the New Zealand came together, the FIS competitions she has been competing in, as well as her plans for the rest of the season, before returning home.

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Snowing on Hawaii in July

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Photo via Mauna Kea webcam

Here at Flow Snowboarding, we want to know… July is still considered summer… right? We are asking that because while the whole world was watching Mick Fanning punch a couple great white sharks over the weekend, it was also snowing on the Big Island of Hawaii on the summit of Mauna Kea. The summit of Mauna Kea sits at 13,796 feet. The snowfall wasn’t too substantial, as only 1.5 – 2 inches accumulated per the reports. It was just enough to close the road to the main summit.

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Strong El Niño Building For This Winter

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Flow Snowboarding can’t help but play the winter prediction game in the off-season, you could even call it one of our #FlowRituals. The real question we all want to know is… how much snow are we getting this coming winter? For those of us who have been hitting the ocean this summer, you can tell there is something building out there. This past week, our friends at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) had some good news in their ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) Diagnostic Discussion. What they said in their July 9th report was potentially good news for the drought stricken west.

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Tomas Santa Maria Splitboarding in Chile

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Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Tomas Santa Maria down in Chile to see how his start to the winter has been. Even though there was a lot of anticipation for the winter with the existing El Niño, (similar to California this winter) a lot of the Chilean resorts are experiencing pretty dry conditions and have yet to run full operations. Lack of snow at the local resorts didn’t stop Santa Maria from searching for the snow.

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Top 10 #FlowRituals Photos

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Summer has begun for the Northern Hemisphere, so Flow Snowboarding wanted to highlight the Top 10 #FlowRituals photos that have been shared by our Flow family. Use the hashtags #FlowSnowboarding #FlowRituals #FindYourFlow and you could be highlighted next month.

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Caleb Bonneville Heads To Bachelor 2015 Edit

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For Flow Snowboarding Micron Caleb Bonneville, the 2014-15 winter could have used more cowbell. Record lows as far as snow pack in California had Caleb seeking better snow in Oregon. That hunger took him up to Mount Bachelor in search of the soft white stuff. Unfortunately, mother nature sent him rain on his trip instead of snow. Not ideal conditions, shutting down most of the jumps. Caleb made the best of his trip hitting the jibline. Here is the edit from his trip up to the Pacific North West.

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What are your #FlowRituals when the snow melts Are you chasing the snow or turning the page to your summer activities? Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are you heading to any summer snowboarding camps or chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere? Have you placed your gear in storage and starting to break out the summer toys like your skate, surf and wakeboards? Learn more about #FlowRituals click this link HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-flowrituals

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Flow Micron Sophia Capua 2014-2015 Season Edit

Check out 7 year old Flow Snowboarding Micron Sophia Capua’s 2014-2015 season edit. The video was shot at Loveland Ski Resort and Copper Mountain in Colorado. The music is David Guetta & Showtek – Bad ft. Vassy.

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The Frozen Chase: Self Portraits by Mike Basich

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Flow Snowboarding Global Professional Mike Basich recently pieced together The Frozen Chase, his self portrait book The Frozen Chase bounces between classic action shots, fun loving lifestyle pics and unique points of view. What really makes this book special is the front seat view of a life lived on the snow and Basich’s lo-fi, organic take on photography.

“I started taking portraits for a few reasons,” explains Basich.

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“I wanted my two imaginations to work together. I wanted to capture how I truly wanted to be shot, and to be the rider. I wanted to share what snowboarding was to me. It wasn’t accepted as a cool or legit thing back then.”

Click HERE if you would like to order The Frozen Chase. The book is available via Asymbol.

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What are your #FlowRituals when the snow melts Are you chasing the snow or turning the page to your summer activities? Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are you heading to any summer snowboarding camps or chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere? Have you placed your gear in storage and starting to break out the summer toys like your skate, surf and wakeboards? Learn more about #FlowRituals click this link HERE: http://bit.ly/flow-gp-bl-flowrituals

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Gina van der Werf: Founder of Prodaptive

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The Netherlands based company Prodaptive has invented a way for adaptive riders and paraplegics a chance to go snowboarding. Flow Snowboarding recently had a chance to catch up with Gina van der Werf, founder of Prodaptive to check in and see how the research & development on their initial designs have progressed over the year. Their original Twinrider models had incorporated Flow Snowboarding bindings and we were glad we can be a part of the process to help paraplegics access the slopes.

“The idea to develop an adaptive snowboard originated in Whistler, Canada back in 2010,” said Gina van der Werf, founder of Prodaptive.

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6 Ski Resorts Left Open in Europe

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Don’t put your snowboarding gear away Europe, there are still 6 mountain resorts with lifts spinning and Flow Snowboarding wants to let you know which ones they are. A couple of them have a closing date projected at July or not at all. Here is a list we compiled of what resorts are still open (as of 5/20) and their projected closing dates. Plan ahead. Some of these are closing this weekend.

6. Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun, Austria : Located at the foot of the Kitzsteinhorn, the ski area Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun is one of Europe’s most famous. A real tourist magnet is the glacier ski area on an altitude of 9514 feet. One must-see sight is the time-honoured castle of Kaprun. Projected closing date for Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun is 5/25.

5. Breuil-Cervinia, Italy: Breuil-Cervinia is an alpine resort in the Valle d’Aosta region of northwest Italy. Breuil-Cervinia lies at 6,581 ft above sea level, at the foot of the Matterhorn, in a valley surrounded by high, glaciated mountains and the sheer rock face of the Jumeaux. It shares a ski area with Zermatt in Switzerland, connected through the Plateau Rosa glacier. Some of the runs are very long, the longest stretches 22 km from the Klein Matterhorn in Switzerland down to Valtournenche in Italy. Currently only open weekends, the projected closing date for Breuil-Cervinia is 5/31.

4. Kaunertaler Gletscher, AustriaThe Kaunertaler Gletscher operates two ski regions: The Kaunertal glacier and Bergbahnen Fendels. Kaunertaler Gletscher is situated at the end of beautiful rough Kauner valley. Kaunertaler Gletscher is still receiving snow and has a reported base at 6.5 feet. The projected closing date for the Kaunertaler Gletscher at 6/7.

3. Zermatt, Switzerland: Zermatt is a car-free ski resort at the foot of Switzerland’s most famous mountain, the Matterhorn. This attractive blend of Alpine village and sophisticated holiday destination boasts a varied offering, including a modern lift system, comfortable hotels, practical holiday apartments and friendly hosts. The skiing area stretches from 1,620 to 3,882m. Projected closing date for Zermatt is 5/31.

2. Hintertuxer Gletscher, AustriaThe Hintertuxer Gletscher common name for the glaciers of the Gefrorene-Wand-Kees and the nearby Riepenkees at the top of the Tuxertal both in a side valley of the Zillertal in the Austrian state of Tyrol. Both glaciers are accessed by gondola and chair lifts and is one of only two ski resorts in the world that typically offers 365 days of snowboarding. The peak of the resort hits 10,660 feet. As of now there is no projected closing date for the Hintertuxer Gletscher.

1. Stubaier Gletscher, Austria: The Stubaier Glacier is the name for a glacier ski area in Tyrol, Austria. The Stubaier Gletscher is Austria’s highest glacier ski resort. The resort itself is located at the center of the Stubaier Alps, north-east of the Stubaier Wildspitze. The snow is typically abundant at that high elevation year round that snowboarding and skiing is usually possible well into the summer. Projected closing date for Stubaier Gletscher is 7/3.

There are still 5 Ski Resorts still open with lifts spinning in North America. Click HERE to see the last 5 resorts open for the season in North America.

Are you chasing the snow or turning the page to your summer activities? Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are you heading to any summer snowboarding camps or chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere? Have you placed your gear in storage and starting to break out the summer toys like your skate, surf and wakeboards? Engage with us on social media. Post the photos & videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FlowRituals #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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