Photo Highlights From Bear Mountain’s Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails

The official countdown to winter has begun now that this last weekend’s Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails event up at Bear Mountain shook Southern California like an earthquake. For the first time ever, Bear Mountain park staff had two zones set up for riders to compete for the $10,000 prize. Johnny O’Connor ended up taking 1st place, Mariah Dugan took 1st for the ladies, with Zack Rawles taking best trick. Here are a few photo highlights from this past weekend’s event, taken by Flow Snowboarding’s Wallace Hargraves.





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Here are more photos from Wallace Hargraves of Bear Mountain’s Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails competition.









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What Snowboarding Has Given Bas Elhorst

“Snowboarding has been my life so far. I wake up with snowboarding and go to bed with it, I breathe snowboarding. Snowboarding has done so many good things for me. I cannot even name them all.” -Bas Elhorst

Flow Snowboarding Global Ambassador Bas Elhorst has been riding the greater part of two decades now, with most of that time being winter resident of Arlberg, Austria in the Alps. Elhorst had an internship up in Alaska at H20 guides as a heli-operator and has completed his Austrian Snowboard guiding course Snowboard Führer. The knowledge that Elhorst acquired from Snowboard Führer allows him to guide other snowboarders into the backcountry of the Alps.

“I am not a conventional guide that shows the typical places where everybody can go down symmetrical in a row,” explained Elhorst on his website. “My style of guiding is about giving your own input and stimulating a learning process. It is about forecasting avalanches, awareness, fun and most of all safety.”

Elhorst started as an instructor, would shoot films and also entered in competitions. As Elhorst started to compete in more FIS boardercross and Freeridecross events, he began allocating more focus on competing. Upon being invited into the Freeride World Qualifying Series in Europe, he made competing in the Freeride World Series one of his goals.

“In order to reach the top of the Freeride World Tour I am doing a lot of fitness, surfing and cycling,” said Elhorst on his website.

Flow Snowboarding had a chance to shoot a few questions across the globe to Bas Elhorst; see how his summer is going, recap his winter, get an update on the rehab of his broken ankle, and what he’s looking forward to next season.

Where are you originally from? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Amsterdam and moved to Austria when I was 18.

Where do you currently live?

I live half of the year in the Netherlands, on the border of Amsterdam, the other half of the year I live in Austria in the Arlberg area.

Where was your first trip to the mountains to go ski/snowboard? What Resort

That was in Gries, a tiny village in the Ötztal area.

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

I first grew up skiing in the holidays, my first snowboard experience was when I was 14 on an old B#rT#n 164 alpine board with a big “Legalize It” sticker.

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

My favorite board is definitely the Maverick 164, which is a true high speed all mountain machine, but I started to appreciate the Darwin 157 more and more last winter, because it was so mellow on my ankle that I broke last winter. I also love to ride the Maverick 161 for riding kickers and playing in the powder.

The boots I have been riding are the Talon Focus, they give me a solid support that I need and they are just the perfect fit for my feet.

For the bindings I really do love NX2 GT with their new strap technology and they are not too stiff for my liking.

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

The Arlberg, Austria

Being in the Alps, do you normally take advantage of all the glacier summer snowboarding, or do you take a break in the off season?

No, I love the break in between.

You have been recovering from an injury last season, right? What happened?

I broke my right ankle on a run to Lech on one of the few powder days we had last season. I misjudged a spine that I wanted to jump, I jumped it too much straight instead to the left, and landed on a big rock at the end of a big rock field. It could have been much worse though.

How is the recovery going?

Really well, I can run, surf and mountain bike without any troubles. Only when skateboarding, I still have to be careful though.

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

My favorite other hobby is Surfing, but I got myself more into mountain biking last winter for the recovery of my ankle and I must say that it’s also a very addictive sport I like. I do like the adrenaline and adventures part of all these sports.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

Riding with the Gnarlberg Steinbocks in Italy, we found a great resort that I would like to keep a secret. They have the best couloirs and bowls with lift access. It was a bit of a risky weekend, but so much fun.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next year?

I am looking forward to riding with friends on those crazy powder days, to explore new mountains and to guide my guests and show them the most wonderful runs they can imagine.

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

I worked for a season at H2O guides in Alaska, Valdez.

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

I love Sumatra Indonesia, because it is still pure and they have so many good waves.

What kind of music do you prefer riding to?

No music. Love the sound of the popcorn and wind around my head.

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

Do what you love, and don’t take it to serious, it’s just snowboarding.

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

I am very grateful for the Flow support and the people that buy the Flow products, without them I would have been bankrupt with all the gear that I trash when I am out there riding. The products improved a lot over the years and Flow takes the riders feedback very serious. On a long-term base I would love to get even more involved with the product design and R&D.

BY FAIR MEANS – lost tales from gnarlberg (subtitles) from Elmar Strotmann on Vimeo.

Bas Elhorst emphasized the importance of backcountry and avalanche training and education prior to starting his venture as a snowboarding guide. Have any of you completed your appropriate backcountry education yet? Let us know where you studied avalanche and backcountry saftey. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Twins That Ride Tru-Twins: Flow’s Erik & Jon Overson (2 of 2)

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Where was your favorite place to travel re: Snowboarding?

Erik: Now that I live in Utah, I love going back home to the Midwest. We also take a birthday trip to Mammoth’s opening weekend every year, and that’s always a good time.

Jon: My favorite place to travel for snowboarding would definitely be back home to the Midwest. After getting my pow fix in Utah, I like getting creative in the streets of Minnesota. Plus Hyland rope tow laps cannot be beat. 

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

Erik: Costa Rica to surf. We did that for a couple weeks ago last winter and are planning on going back this year. Can’t wait.

Jon: Costa Rica! Great surf, great food, little bit of family time, lots of partying. 

Where are you looking forward to riding this coming winter?

Erik: I haven’t made any big travel plans yet, but definitely Brighton and maybe some pow days at Snowbird.

Jon: Definitely in the backcountry. Especially over the next couple years, I’d love to learn all the necessary skills to venture out into the backcountry. 

What activities and hobbies over the summer have you been doing to keep in riding shape?

Erik: Jon and I were Windells campers for a couple years when we were young. Then, Flow had a signature session which allowed us to be the featured riders of the week. We ran a lot of the off hill activities and ended up meeting the Head Counselor, Cody Lee. The next year we applied and got the job.

Jon: Yup, I’ve spent the last nine summers of my life up at Mount Hood. Most of which were as a camper, then as a guest rider and eventually a counselor.

Erik:  Hood is pretty darn perfect. In good health, I work at Windells and get to snowboard all year round. I also love to surf, but I suck at it. Other than that, riding my road bike, playing soccer, and skateboarding. Just bought a 1974 Honda CB200 motorcycle too, so that’s gonna take up a lot of my time.

Jon: I love riding bicycles, both mountain and road. It’s a new hobby I picked up but I plan on doing that for the rest of my life. Should keep the knees in tip top riding shape. 

What are your plans for what’s left of the summer, before the snow falls?

Jon: Classes… The school year just began at the university of Utah.

Erik: Back in school now at the University of Utah. Loading up on credits so I can take an easy load this winter.

Is there anything else you would like to say to Flow Snowboarding supporters and customers?

Erik: We all know Flow, (bindings especially) have gotten some hate over the years, and I find it kind of ironic. A lot of the haters are the same guys preaching that snowboarding is all about fun. To me, Flow’s bindings are just a different (faster) way to attach boarders to their snowboards. Their products keep getting better and better, and they’ve supported Jon and I since the beginning. For that, I’m glad to be working with such a sick, original, snowboarding company.

Erik has found himself back on a more traditional Pop-Cam camber to his board by riding the White Out, while his brother Jon has been rocking the Chill & Verve with the I-Rock and EZ-Rock profile. What style of camber and profile are you riding nowadays? Is it the same camber for freeriding as it is for freestyling? We want to know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

A Winter To Prepare For: Meteorologists Predict Record Breaking Snowfall 2014-15 Reports Empire News

Empire News released an article predicting “record shattering snow storms across the board, affecting the entire United States” according to Dr. Boris Scvediok, who has studied global weather services for 40 years.

“Meteorologists and weather science experts at the National Weather Service (NWS) say that there is a 99% chance that the we will start to see a massive cold-front sooner in the year than has ever happened…” the article explained, but that is merely the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Scvediok expects snow to fly all the way through June this season.

“For the sake of comparison to the past winter,” explained Dr. Scvediok to the Associated Press.  “Lets say that your area received a total of twenty inches of accumulative snow for the season. Because this year the snowfall is predicted to start by the end of September or the beginning of October, you can expect to multiply that number by up to five, ten, maybe even twenty times in some areas. In the worst zones, you could see 50 times the amount of snow you’ve had in the past.”

“This is the type of winter the American public needs to prepare for,” said Dr. Scvediok. “Several meteorologists are saying not to buy into what the models are showing. I can tell you from forty years of scientific weather research, they are doing you a disservice.”

Flow Snowboarding is well aware of what needs to be done in order to prepare for an early and big winter.

“You want to avoid tragedy and prepare by making sure you have your powder set up purchased and dialed in before the heavy snow storms hit your region,” warned Dale Rehberg of Flow Snowboarding. “A Darwin or a Maverick snowboard should be in your quiver and ready. Combine them with a set of 2014-15 NX2 bindings and Talon boots and it will keep you happy until the snow starts melting.”

Another senior meteorologist believes this will be the once in a lifetime winter. Edward F. Blankenbaker, Senior Administrator of Meteorologists explained what he sees in the forecast.

“Pretty much everyone will see snow like they never have in their lives,” said Blankenbaker. “Most younger people don’t even know what an actual blizzard looks like, but by the end of March, they will be seasoned survivalists. Everyone needs to make sure they have their weather emergency kits prepared and ready to go… Safety always comes first and the time to prepare is right now.”

Safety first indeed. James Satterfield, of the National Fire and Safety Advisory Board (NFSAB) warned the public not to “wait until temperatures plummet into a freeze; obtain cold weather clothing and footwear, including wool thermal socks.”

Flow’s Rehberg agrees in prepping for the cold weather to come, and recommends taking these precautions.

“We agree with the NFSAB that you have to prepare for extremely cold temperatures,” said Rehberg. “Our soft goods like our beanies, hoodies, shirts, socks and ever popular NXTZ face masks will help protect you from the elements on those powder hunts. They said it’ll be a once in a lifetime winter, better make sure you are ready no matter what the conditions are.”

Disclaimer: Please remember that the main source of this article Empire News, is a satirical and entertainment website. The only name and quotes that are not fictional comes from our own Dale Rehberg, Marketing Director for Flow Snowboarding. We here at Flow Snowboarding do however endorse the ‘I’ll believe it when you are digging your vehicle out to get to the hill’ forecast.

Winter is coming. It was already snowing in North America this week, with a front pushing into Colorado that may drop a foot of snow in the mountains into next week. What are your thoughts of this winter’s forecast? Are you prepared for a heavy winter in your area? We want to hear from you, engage with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding to let us know.

Drayden Gardner’s 2014 Video Edit

Check out this 2014 video edit of Flow Snowboarding Micron Drayden Gardner. This edit was filmed primarily at Mammoth Mountain and Bear Mountain Ski Areas, with a little bit of European indoor jibbing. The groovy soundtrack is by Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf.

How about this kid, huh? Where was your riding progression as a young teenager? Drayden along with the rest of Flow Snowboarding’s Microns ARE the next generation of riders. Get used to seeing their names… they are podium bound. Who is your favorite Flow Micron coming up through the ranks? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Let these youngsters be inspiration to you and your own little groms to #FindYourFlow.

Mario Wanger Always Having Fun

This time we take a trip to the right side of the pond and head over to Europe and catch up with Flow Snowboarding European team athlete Mario Wanger. We learn everything from what part of Austria he is from, to the football (soccer) clubs he supports, to what tunes are blasting through his ear buds and even his strong affinity for one mountain here in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Flow also asked Wanger if he had any goals going into this next winter and his answer gives you a peek into the modus operandi of his approach to life. Wanger replied, “Having as much fun as possible… always.”

Where were you born Mario?

Tirol, Austria

Where is home for you now?

I live in Aschau. That is located in the Zillertal Valley.

Where was the first place you ever went snowboarding? What year was it?

That was in Zell am Ziller just 5 min from my home. I guess that was in the year 2003 or 2004.

Did you ever go skiing before snowboarding?

Yep, I did. But I totally sucked. Haha!

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

I would say Mayrhofen, Penken Park.

What is your current snowboarding setup preference?

Hylite Focus Boot, BlackOut or WhiteOut boards with the NX2 bindings.

What kind of music do you listen to when you’re snowboarding?

I’m listening so much, but right now I would say ASAP Rocky and Santigold.

What are your summer activities like? Do you continuously ride the glaciers in the Alps a lot, or do you take a break in the summer to explore other activities?

I’m hiking a lot in the mountains. Skateboarding, training, partying, swimming, work outs in the gym and some soccer… and fast cars! A little bit of work too. So, no snowboarding in the summer.

Soccer? Yes, Europe and their football. What European clubs do you support?

I like Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid as well, because they just have all the best players in the world. Haha…

Have you made it over here to North America to ride? Where all have you ridden here in the United States or Canada?

Yep, I have been to North America three times. It is always a pleasure. Two times I went to Mt. Baker to film some backcountry stuff. That place is so damn sick. I also went to Whistler Blackcomb in Canada, but the weather sucked the whole time I was there.

What is your opinion of the resorts and lifestyles in the US as opposed to back home in Europe? Are there any differences or similarities between our two region’s lifestyles?

I don’t think so. I know a few guys from the US through riding. It is pretty much all the same. Except for the jibbing guys. Haha…

Where was your favorite place to snowboard last winter?

That was in Arabba, Italy. It was such a good time riding all the deep powder there.

Where are you looking forward to riding next winter?

I wanna go back to Mt. Baker again if they get enough snow.

Where has been your favorite place to travel to not related to snowboarding?

Greece was pretty nice, but Egypt was not bad too. There are too many nice places. 

Any final words to the Flow Snowboarding supporters or customers reading this interview?

Flow is sick!

A lot of great riders spend their time in the Alps. Have any of you gone to Europe to snowboard yet? What resorts have you visited on the other side of the pond? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. We want to know where you guys and girls have traveled to #FindYourFlow.

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.

Julianne O’Neill: Born in CA, Living the Dream in CO

Many of you knew her as Julianne Brackett, but now she is Mrs. O’Neill (Sorry gentlemen… haha). She was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, California but now resides with her husband in Frisco, Colorado in the middle of Summit County. Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Julianne O’Neill and talk about her roots riding in California, to her new life with Kevin in Colorado.

What was your first introduction to the mountains? 

My family and I have always been interested in board sports, so snowboarding was automatically more attractive then skiing. I started snowboarding when I was 9 years old. My Dad and older brother convinced me to go snowboarding with them. I thought it was a ridiculous idea and a waste of my time when I first went out, but then I ended up not wanting to go home.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding?

The first place I went snowboarding was Sierra-At-Tahoe.  That mountain turned into my home away from home. Sierra-At-Tahoe will always be my home mountain. That resort is like family. No matter where I am, I always have to make time to visit.

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

The Flow 146 Jewel is what I prefer to ride. It is a playful board with just the right amount of pop. I like snug boots that are a little stiffer than most. I ride so much that most boots break down faster than I’d like if they are too soft. I only ride with Flow bindings. All of them are great so you can’t go wrong. Each one is comfortable and snug. However, I usually choose to ride with the ISIS binding.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

Well, after a successful snowboard season I married my best friend, Kevin O’Neill. That is hands down my favorite memory.

Congratulations! Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Thanks! Married life has been a dream! Kev and I snuck away to the hot springs at Strawberry Park in Steamboat. It was perfect.

Any plans for little groms of your own down the road?

You have no idea how many people have asked me that question. Being that my parents popped us kids out right away and that I’m from a large family myself, most people ask if we’re having kiddos right away too. It makes me smile.  I think 4 or 5 would be the perfect number, but only God knows if Kev and I will have kiddos of our own. I sure hope so! I truly look forward to that season of my life! How great will that be!

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

I have been slacklining a lot lately. It is great balance training and I love the creativity it offers. I like to skate and stand up paddleboard as well.

You were recently at the Race the Lake of the Sky SUP event in Tahoe, and took 1st. What was that event like?

Race the Lake is by far my favorite Stand Up Paddleboard event. Everyone is able to participate in something. You are either racing, being a cheerleader from the beach or volunteering to help the event run smoothly. Every morning begins with the National Anthem sung by Sammi Bender. There is great camaraderie along with the excitement of winning the races you are in. Everyone is out on the water at some point, whether you are 60 or just a little guy, you are having fun. There are super competitive people, people who are in it for the fun of it, amateurs, and elite athletes. There is a beach filled with lots of smiles and happy people working hard at what they do. At the end of the day the sky catches fire with an amazing sunset. I try my best to go to the event every year. I wouldn’t want to miss out!

Anything else you’ve been up to this summer?

I have been up to many other things, but my favorite is just being with my husband and going on adventures with him. Kev is a photographer, so he always ends up taking me to the most beautiful places. I love it.

Anywhere you are looking forward to riding next year?

Honestly, I am looking forward to riding Park Lane at Breck most. The jumps are perfect. The only down side is that you get spoiled on such well made features.

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

The furthest I have traveled for snowboarding was to the Czech Republic. I went with a team from ASC (Auburn Ski Club) for an FIS event. I was able to get my top 24 for the Olympic Qualifying events, so I was pretty content with having gone.

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

My favorite place to travel unrelated to snowboarding is… THE BEACH. I couldn’t live without water.

What kind of music do you prefer riding to?

I prefer listening to innocent girly music when I ride. If I ride with what I normally listen to (Pop or Country), I end up becoming too into the music and then I forget what I’m doing. I know that sounds funny, but its true.

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

I mostly just want to say “thank you” to all of you who support Flow and my riding. It means a lot! Everyone, find your flow and stick with it!  XOXO!

From South Lake Tahoe, California to the peaks of Summit County, Colorado, O’Neill is living the dream. With all the slacklining, SUPing and skating, O’Neill is keeping her shape on point for the upcoming winter season. What are you all doing to strengthen your balance and core over the summer? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

High Cascade Snowboard Camp: Session 3 Edit

Is summer getting to hot for you? Head up to the Pacific Northwest to Mt. Hood. Our friends at the High Cascade Snowboard Camp are waiting for you. When you get up there, say hey to Flow Snowboarding Athlete Jed Sky. In this HCSC Session 3 Edit, you can catch Sky sending it on a Flow Era on minute 5:17.

Are you jonesing to ride or are you just being patient until the snow flies? Have you checked out High Cascade Snowboard Camp before? We want to know where you are riding and what you are doing over the summer by connecting with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.