Mike Basich on Filming Point Break 2

Our good friend and Flow Snowboarding team athlete Mike Basich was off in Italy last week filming for the major motion picture Point Break 2. Where the original film focused on adrenaline, highlighting surfing and skydiving… it would seen natural to include backcountry and big mountain riding in the sequel. We were able to track down Basich in Italy for a little Q & A about filming in Italy, along with a few other projects he’s been involved with.

So you are in Italy now? What has the experience filming for the next Point Break film been like? 

I must have watch the first Point Break ten times in the first months of release back then. It is pretty cool to be apart of something from the past into a new era. We are on our second shoot. The first one was a bit hectic, stressful and on the dangerous side of riding. Conditions where sketchy, lots of slides.

Where exactly have you been filming? 

We have been in Italy. Courmeyaur. All heli stuff. Heli-ing for Hollywood is very different than Alaska heli or any ski heli service. Taking a ride in a heli by yourself is pretty common here. A very strange feeling for me.

We have to ask have you had a chance to meet Keanu Reeves with the filming? 

Keanu Reeves isn’t in the new film. It’s a cool crew this time around. I can’t announce who they are but, I have been working with them on this second shoot.

Anything else you would like to say about the current or past shoot, or film coming up?

I haven’t done stunt work like this before. It is for sure different following certain things that needed to be done for the shot. Like riding with multiple people on a sketchy slope…

Now that winter is upon us… What are your travel plans over the next few months? 

On a plane soon as this trip is over to gather together the last to do list for Area-241, and getting the chairlift dialed. Hoping it will be a good season. There is so much to happen still at Area-241 with the Flow crew.


Read and watch more about Area-241: Chairlift Chronicles 

Anything you want to mention about your successful Kickstarter or portrait book?

I just finished up the details of my Self-Portrait book. It’s called The Frozen Chase. Sending over a sneak peak of it. It will be avail at www.Area-241.com end of January. It is a 130+ page photo book of my self-portraits over 15 years.

Anywhere else your followers and Flow family could see what you have been up to? 

You can check out my segment in the new Absinthe Films movie Heavy Mental and the film The Little Things, both currently available on iTunes. When you see the film trailer for Point Break 2, look closely… You will probably see our brother Mike Basich, especially if it involves a mountain, snow and a killer snowboard line. Did you get your copy of Basich’s self portrait book? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Top 10 Useful Tools For Planning A Snowboarding Trip

The new chill in the air has you and your crew chomping at the bit to run to the hills. There are now 13 ski resorts open in North America. (Actually more now… Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is now open…) Winter is stealthily upon us and we at Flow Snowboarding could not be more exited.

You have your snowboard, bootsbindings and gear all packed up in your luggage bags and ready for your first voyage up the mountain. Flow Snowboarding wants to share with you 10 useful resources to stay on top of your snowboarding plans and trips this winter.

10. Facebook Snowboard Groups
Login to Facebook and search for the ski and snowboard groups in your area. There you can communicate with those in your area that you share the love of sliding on the snow with. Share your photos, find out about events and promotions, find people looking for carpooling options, find people to go ride with, make new friends that love snowboarding.

9. College & University Ski Clubs
If you are still a student, recent grad or alumni, take a look at your local colleges and universities. In most cases there are ski and snowboard clubs within these institutions of higher learning. Even the educated need a break to be up on a hill, away from the things of man. Find those other like minded souls that are more looking forward to their next trip up the hill, than what the professor is teaching them. Checking with your college and university advisers would be a best way to contact these individual clubs.

8. Ride Share Programs
Most major cities with a solid number of snowboarders (or even skiers) like Denver, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City or Seattle to name a few have ride share programs. Cities like Denver even have those massive lots just outside en route to the resorts, making it easier for people to coordinate a carpool up to the mountains. Carpooling not only frees up the traffic, but is also a great way to save money and meet new friends who share the stoke for snow.

7. Find My Friends
The Find My Friends application helps you locate your friends and identifies their exact location on the app’s navigational map. It is the perfect way to track where on the hill your friends ended up. If your party is late for a rendezvous or Apres-ski, you can see what run they are currently on. Find My Friends uses state-of-the-art Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to provide the most accurate, up-to-date locations in real-time.
For more information on Find My Friend, please visit:
For iPhone: www.apple.com/apps/find-my-friends/
For Android:  play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fsp.android.friendlocator&hl=en

6. The Weather Channel
It goes without saying, you need to know what the weather is. The most user friendly site for weather tracking is The Weather Channel’s website. It is a useful tool as they are very up to date with their weather forecasts, maps, videos, photos and news. How much snow (or sun) will there be? What is the next storm bringing? Plug in your city or zip code and find what is in store for the resort you plan on riding.
For more information on The Weather Channel, please visit www.weather.com

5. NOAA
What better way to track the snow than with the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)? NOAA is a solid go to resource for tracking weather and snowfall. Plug in your region, and you will get detailed short range and long term weather predictions. This site is as in depth as you want to drill into it. You can read the experts predictions of forecasts, watch infrared and satellite images, even animated sequences to track storm strength and trajectories. There are also quick links to road conditions.
For more information on NOAA, please visit: www.NOAA.gov

4. Your Local Department of Transportation
Depending on the state you are in, you might know it as CalTrans, CDOT, ODOT, WSDOT, WYDOT… They are your state’s Department of Transportation. Make sure you are familiar with these sites, especially if you plan on loading up the vehicle with your gear and road tripping it. There’s nothing worse then driving into a polar vortex and not being prepared. Road and highway closures are common in winter, even for the entire season. Knowing the roads ahead of you for your trip will also help you determine if you need a 4X4 or AWD, or if your good driving up your gas efficient 2WD whip. Make sure you are dialed into your local Department of Transportation.

3. Liftopia
Liftopia’s aim is for everyone to enjoy more of their time on the hills and in the mountains — from curious beginners to life-long athletes. They are the largest online marketplace for ski lift tickets. Their website allows you to scour the internet for some of the best lift ticket deals, via city, state, region and country. Their discounts on lift tickets range anywhere between 20% to over 50% off retail prices. If you are planning ahead for your ski trips, make sure you bookmark this page.
For more information on Liftopia, please visit www.liftopia.com 

2. There Is An App For That
Power in the palm of you hands. We live in a very digital age. Whether it is checking in with the resorts, storm tracking, finding lift deals or even discounted accommodations… search your Android or iPhone application store. You will find an app for that. Liftopia, NOAA and OnTheSnow (mentioned in the next tool) even have their own applications. Most major ski resorts also have their own personalized applications that offer promotions, GPS tracking to track your runs and distance ridden. Take a quick search in your Application Store on you smart phone. Find the apps that work best for you.

1. On The Snow
We mentioned 13 resorts are open as of today, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is set to open tomorrow on November 13th, with more resorts set to open this weekend. How do you keep track of all these resorts? One great resource is On The Snow as they stay up to date with snow reports, resort break downs, weather and even links to the live webcams at the resorts. They are also a great resource covering gear, news and travel. They also have an active and solid community on their forums. For mobile devices, they also have one of the most in depth resort and snow tracking application
For more information, please visit: www.OnTheSnow.com
For iphone: itunes.apple.com/us/app/ski-snow-report/id300412347?mt=8
For Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skireport&hl=en

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Flow’s Dale Rehberg in Snowboard Magazine’s Surf the Snow

Surf The Snow: Part 2 – Dale Rehberg’s Darwin Theory from Snowboard Magazine on Vimeo.

Have you had a chance to check out the interview Snowboard Magazine did with Flow Snowboarding Marketing Director Dale Rehberg? Rehberg discusses quiver filling, the new Darwin powder snowboard and Darwin Theory.

“Right now I’m riding a Flow Darwin board,” said Rehberg. “Which is a powder specific, niche board and I love it. It’s kind of a collaboration between myself and Mike Basich and it worked really well today.”

Are you ready for the powder season? Where do you ride on a powder day? We want to see your photos! Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Jason “Jay” Gretzinger Within The Meccas of Backcountry

Before winter is in full effect in the Northern Hemisphere, Flow Snowboarding took the opportunity to interview Flow Team Athlete Jason Jay Gretzinger of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. If we waited until the snow was flying, Gretzinger typically unplugs from the matrix, loads up his snowmobile and ventures off into the BC backcountry. If you ever wanted to venture off the resort and see the kind of riding a snowmobile could take you to… cruise along with Jay Gretzinger.

You are originally from Edmonton, Alberta…. How long have you been living in Nelson, BC? Do you ever see yourself living elsewhere?

Yes, the good old flat lands. Edmonton is a rad place if you like to jib, but the backcountry was calling. I first moved to Whistler and spent two years there. I realized it was too crowded and sent it into the sticks. I have been in Nelson for two and a half years now. The only other place I could see myself living would be Revelstoke or Pemberton, BC. The meccas of backcountry terrain.

Describe what like in Nelson, BC in the winters and summers.

Nelson is rad, very easy going small town mentality. The hippies here keep things natural. Probably like some small towns in Colorado, from what I have heard. The winter is awesome here. We get that blower interior powder and when you go out sledding/touring you only run into maybe five people at most in the zone. Not 60+ like in Whistler. This makes for a bit more technical navigating out there because you are usually the one breaking trail and finding your way through the trees. But I love that shit. Summertime is full of festivals, lakes and partying. It’s good.

What do you consider your home mountain to be?

The powder highway, I would say. All the mountain ranges between Nelson and Revelstoke are amazing. However, I did buy my first season pass for a resort in the past four years. The spot is Whitewater. Absinthe Films does shooting there every year. Pretty cool spot. Small, but lots of touring access.

Did you ski before you starting riding?

Never. Snowboarding from the start…

Where was the first place you started snowboarding? How old were you?

Edmonton on a hill called Rabbit Hill. Point it and your at the bottom in 30 seconds. Haha… But we sure had a sick park. I am now 27 years old. I know not that old, but this industry makes that feel old sometimes.

Who were our influences growing up snowboarding?

John Jackson was and still is the shit. He rides the mountain like he owns it. Jeremy Jones, but not his street riding more his backcountry stuff. I absolutely loved the Robot Food Videos as well. David Benedeck was the man! Was so disappointed when they stopped making those videos.

What is your current ride setup? Does your setup differ from park to powder riding?

The Rush ABT 158 and Black Out ABT 159 for snowboards. The Rush for pow in the trees, pillows and fluffy jumps. The Black Out for high speed chutes, lines and bigger cheese wedge style jumps. The new Hybrid Strap binding has got me hooked. Love the Toe strap, feels like your more sucked into the binding. It helps a lot for technical tree/ pillow riding. Boots… I rock the Talon Focus, a very waterproof and solid boot. Crucial for overnight missions. 

You mentioned you just got a new sled? What did you pick up?

Yes just picked up a 2012 Summit X Skidoo 800 163 track. It has been well overdue, as my old sled has lasted me five years and was holding me back from getting into places I wanted to get into. Can’t wait for the snow now.

Any words of wisdom for anyone looking to get into snowmobiling and trekking into the backcountry?

Take an avy course. I would suggest AST level 2. Weather patterns are getting more drastic making for bad avalanche conditions. I would also suggest going out with someone with experience to show you the ropes. With sledding there are a lot of variables that can go sideways fast. Leaving you stranded sometimes 50+ km out. Not to scare anyone looking to go out, you just have to think about your environment a bit more then if you were riding a resort.

Where is the furthest you have traveled to snowboard?

Thompson Pass, Alaska for the Tailgate Alaska event. Made for a good time surrounded by some pretty awesome terrain.

Where is one place you love traveling to, not pertaining to snowboarding?

Well to be honest my summer is a pretty full on with work, so I can ride in the winter. Traveling around home, camping in the bush and exploring the backcountry would be where I love to travel to.

What are some of your other summer activities?

I also skate and longboard when I can.

What was your favorite memory from last winter?

A cabin mission off the Duffy Lake area north of Pemberton, BC. We call it the Zen Zone. It is this unreal bowl with big lines, cliffs and Mini Golf sections. That’s all I can tell you. 

Where are you looking forward to riding this upcoming season?

Well there is still so much to explore just in my back door. As I said from Nelson to Revelstoke holds world class terrain for backcountry. Theres a lot out there and I’ve only scratched the surface. If you’ve heard of the Campo’s brothers and have seen some of there footage. Well that’s the kind of riding Im talking about. Outside of the interior of BC I would like to check out more around Pemeberton and north up the coast to Bella Coola. If you’ve seen Sherpa’s Cinema’s “ Into The Mind” you’ll know the terrain Im talking about.

What are you focusing on, or your goals for this winter season?

To push my limits on big mountain riding. I feel that Big mountain riding is the be all end all of snowboarding. You play your cards wrong out there and you may not come out of it alive. I now sounds crazy but for an adrenaline junkie that’s what you strive for. I want to do it for myself. My own accomplishment. Even if no one is there taking pictures or filming I still want to step it up cause I think it’s the shit!

Do you ride with music or an mp3 player? If yes, what are you normally listening to?

Not usually, it’s not the best habit in the backcountry because you want to always be aware of whats going on around you. I jam to a variety of tunes but on the resort I would jam to electronic instrumental type of music of various types.

You were involved in a film with Nuulife Cinema that was up this week for the Whistler Blackcomb Coldfront weekly battle… Tell us a bit more about working with Nuulife Cinema on this last film? Where can people catch the film?

I was! Well most of the footage in that video came from throughout the season. I’ve been filming with the Nuulife boys for 5 or 6 years now. They’re an awesome crew to work with. They are in it for the love of it. John Swystun and David Craig go balls out all season just working for the shot on a shoe string budget. I;ve been working lately more with David Craig as he is the one with the sled and the sledneck skills. If you can oicture a redneck sledneck that would be David Craig. He’ll be the one breaking the trail then getting stuck and loosing his mind. Always entertaining.

Filming with Nuulife last season was awesome. We did a cabin missions into the Zen Zone that I referred to earlier and got some great shots and had a good ol redneck time. They also came out to my zone out in Nelson and I got to show them some of my favorite spot. Also did some exploring out in Revelstoke. That was a tough time because we had no guide and were using google earth to figure out where to go. Wiley Tesseo and Gord Emery were also on the crew and are amazing backcountry shredders.

WILDLIFE – full movie from NuuLife Cinema on Vimeo.

Here’s a link to Nuulife Cinema’s movie from last season called “Wildlife.” Their video from this year hasn’t come out yet but should be dropping anytime now. I’ll keep you posted!

Are you working again this winter with the Nuulife Cinema crew?

Yes I’ll probably be working with those boys from as long as I board. Those guys are my bros.

How did you start working with Flow Snowboarding?

My man Ricky Hunt also known as Ricky Styles hooked me up with my first Flow set up. At the time I rode for Freeride Boardshop out of Penticton, BC and he was the Flow rep. Rob Burnett owner of the shop said I should try the gear out and the rep was looking for a guy to get on the program. So I tried the gear out and was hooked from the first day.

Within the season of riding the gear I won 3 local contests. And I know the gear was a big part of that. Flow bindings for a rail jam format kill it because you are in and out so fast, you can lap the competition.

Any advice to pass onto any of the kids looking to progress their riding, and perhaps one day get sponsored?

Do it for yourself first. Don’t compromise what you love about the sport because someone else says you should do it. Now that doesn’t mean be a rebel and get your hate on, still take advice… but do what you love to do. Things will come to you when you are in your element.

That’s when you’ll ride the best and progress your skills. Good habits like eating well, exercise, and working hard will always get you ahead of the game. Also something I’ve learned through many injuries, is heal right. Give yourself the time and follow through with proper physio so you don’t develop chronic injuries that will definitely affect your future riding abilities. Longevity is key.

Are you involved in any projects, events or organizations that you would like to call attention to?

So far just Nuulife Cinemas project. Protect Our Winters is a great organization I got to be a part of a few years ago with a shot from Tailgate Alaska in the calendar.

Any final words for the Flow customers or followers?

I think what’s really important right now in the whole world of snowboarding is sticking to the roots. Follow the companies, videos and friends that do it for what’s real not just to impress the rest of the scene. The industry is going through tough times and the ones who are going to shine are the ones who are in it for the right reasons. I know Flow is one of those companies.

Are any of you gals and guys slednecks as well as snowboarders? What powdery goodness have your snowmobiles taken you? Flow Snowboarding would love to see your shots from the backcountry. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

Kickstarter for Definition: Snowboarding a Film by Matt Devino

Definition: Snowboarding is a feature length documentary about what snowboarding means to those who live it. Filmmaker Matt Devino is currently running a Kickstarter to get the project off the ground. This documentary film project explores the definition of snowboarding from the perspective of those who live it.

The film has been a passion project of Devino’s for the past year, working on it without any funding of any kind. The goal of Definition: Snowboarding is to show the public just how amazing Snowboarding is, hopefully inspiring people to go snowboarding for the first time, and reinvigorating people who already ride to get out there and ride their boards.

Devino has been interviewing some of Snowboarding’s biggest names for the film, filming snowboarding footage exclusively for the film, and now it’s time to raise funds to complete the film. Devino need funds for things such as travel to locations to film exciting new Snowboarding footage exclusively for the film, and paying for camera crew and editor time. This round of funding is looking exclusively for production funds so Devino can get out there and film some amazing footage for the film this winter. Definition: Snowboarding will be an in-depth look into all of the genres of snowboarding through the eyes of those who live it.

“We plan to create a film with the support of core snowboarding that will welcome the general public into our lives,” said Devino, “…and to share the complete picture of riding rather that just the homogenized competitive X Games style of riding most people associate with snowboarding. Ultimately, we want to inspire new people to go snowboarding for the first time, and reinvigorate current riders to get out there and enjoy their boards more often and continue to live the dream.”

Definition: Snowboarding is two year project to be released in the Fall of 2015. It will include dozens of interviews and document all aspects of riding and the lifestyle that encompasses it. Interviews will be shot over the course of 2014, and exclusive riding footage will be shot during the winter of 2014/2015.

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Flow Snowboarding is excited about how this film is coming together. It speaks the common thread within snowboarding that ties us all together. Let us know what you think of the film trailer on Social media.

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Mike Basich’s Self Portrait Book Kickstarter Campaign

Help our brother Mike Basich’s has currently started a Kickstarter campaign to release 130+ hardcover self portrait book covering his 15 years as a professional photographer and snowboarder. We at Flow Snowboarding want to help get Basich’s DIY project off the ground and flying, check out the video above and hear it from the legend himself.

Basich is currently offering various pledge points, each with their own unique item or items when this project takes flight. For $5 you would receive a postcard of Basich’s epic helicopter drop, along with a personal thank you message, for $15 you would receive a signed 241 clothing poster and $49 you would receive the book signed. For those willing to take their donations to the next level, Basich is offering 40 X 60 canvas prints of his helicopter drop or the Yeti outfit selfie for pledges of $500 or more.

Helping Basich get this project off the ground and having one of these books in your collection is a win win. If you can afford it, the canvas prints aren’t too shabby either. Have any of you already pledged on Basich’s Kickstarter? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Welcome to Alaska Tomas Santa Maria

Welcome to Alaska from tsantam on Vimeo.

Check out this video of Flow Snowboarding’s South American team athlete Tomas Santa Maria. He put this together on his last trip up to Alaska. Plenty of hiking and powder shots to get you stoked for winter here in North America. Santa Maria said that the winter down south is wrapping up. With North America starting to see its first dusting the past few weeks, it is only a matter of time before the lifts and helicopters start spinning us powder hungry snowboarders up the hill for some fresh tracks.

Have you made the voyage up to Alaska yet? No? What’s your excuse… Tomas Santa Maria made it all the way from the other America to ride some untouched AK. If you have made it to Alaska, Flow Snowboarding would love to see you photos. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Don’t forget to send Tomas Santa Maria a few “Holas” via social as well.

The Other Colorado with Tomas Santa Maria

Colorado and snowboarding go hand in hand, whether it be ours in the United States or the one down south in Chile. Even thought snow has finally started to hit the northern hemisphere, our winter is still lingering in the southern hemisphere and Flow Snowboarding‘s Chilean rider Tomas Santa Maria is fine by that. Santa Maria currently lives in Santiago, Chile and lately has been making the transfer from resort and park rider, to ducking the ropes and exploring the Chilean El Colorado Fare backcountry. Flow Snowboarding takes you down to South America, so we can catch up with Santa Maria.

Where is home for you?

I´m from Santiago, Chile.

What do you consider to be your home mountain?

I consider myself a local from El Colorado. I was team rider of the resort for a few years, but now I´m mostly riding the huge backcountry that Chile has to offer. It´s crazy how much terrain there is to explore out there! 

What is your current snowboard set up? Boots, Board, Bindings? Do you switch it up for park and powder? 

I´m currently riding my freeride setup the most, and I change to park setup whenever I go to do laps on El Colorado. I have also made a few splitboards of my own.

Do you listen to music when you snowboard? 

Only when riding by myself…a good beat always get me pumped! But I never listen to music in the backcountry, I like to hear the sounds of the mountain. 

Did you start skiing first or has it always been snowboarding? 

I started skiing when I was like two. (Thanks Dad!) I wanted to hit any transition I found but there were no twin tip skis at that time in Chile. Also I was skating and longboarding at that time and moving sideways was always more natural for me, so the transition felt awesome. 

Where was the first place you went snowboarding? How old were you? 

First time I strapped into a board I was twelve in La Parva Ski Resort. I was just trying to ride for free on my brother´s board while trying not to fall and stay off the ground. I remember a lot of scorpion like falls that day. I came back crawling… hahaha. 

Who were your influences and inspiration snowboarding? 

As a kid I looked up some of the first generation of snowboarders in Chile. As I grew up, I got influence from the different guys that came to Chile to ride and from the people that I met in my travels. 

Who are your current sponsors?

I´m riding for Flow Snowboarding, Columbia Sportswear, Spy Optics and Andes Explora, my eco-tourism company. 

How was the winter in South America this year?

This winter started with one crazy big storm, we thought we were gonna get covered all season, but after that the winter came in slowly and we are closing with a few good storms in the past weeks. But this season has been great to me, there has always been a place where to find pow if you decide to go for it. I´ve been hiking and splitboarding a lot, travelling and exploring Chile´s large and unexplored backcountry. 

If an American was planning a snowboarding trip to South America, what resorts are a must they check out? 

The ski resorts with the best lifts, best parks and easiest access to good backcountry are El Colorado and Valle Nevado, about 1 hour from Santiago. If you get lucky with good snow Nevados de Chillan is the place to be… but you got to be lucky. I haven´t traveled much on the Argentinian side yet, but Chapelco it´s a pretty cool resort too, with great backcountry. 

Where was your favorite place to snowboard this season? 

Best days this season where riding epic light powder on El Colorado´s backcountry, not gonna tell you exactly where (he said with a coy smile), but not far from the ski resort, haha… I also had a blast splitboarding Nevados de Chillan backcountry where you can ride some really good lines to a big river of hot water. The whole river is a hotspring! 

What are some of your favorite apres ski activities?

Drinking a beer and eating some chips with my buddies at Farellones top´s the list after a good day of snowboarding. 

Are you planning on coming up to anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere as your local mountains start to thaw out to summer? Where? 

Yes! I want to travel again this year, but all depends on how much time I can take off from work. I might go again to AK with some buddies, I want to go to Flow´s Tailgate Alaska and then stay in the region. And I´m also starting to plan a Eurotrip with a bunch of Austrian and Canadian friends I haven´t seen in a while, let´s hope it works out. If not now, next year for sure. 

Where is your favorite place to travel, not related to snowboarding? 

Chile is such an amazing country to explore, no matter what season. I´ve been travelling a lot through my country and every time I discover new places I want to go. Patagonia is wild, so much fun in there, and the lake and volcano region is all time. But my one favorite place in Chile is Pucón. I have been going there every year since I was a kid and there is terrain for so many outdoor sports… rock climbing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain bike, horseback riding, and trail running. Not top mention you have snowboarding on winter there too. 

What do you do during the summer months, in the off season? Do you chase the snow or take a break? 

I used to travel north every summer, chasing winter. Now I´m enjoying what’s closer to me, more and more taking shorter trips to the northern hemisphere if I can. I’ve been dedicating a lot of time into Andes Explora, my eco-tourism company. We explore Chile and create routes, doing a lot of mountaineering and kayaking. I’m also doing a lot of rock climbing off winter season… so much potential around here. 

What kind of activities and hobbies do you have other than snowboarding? 

I like every human powered sport that puts me into amazing places. I’ve been doing a lot of sea kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. Always trying to stay as many days as possible camping. Just love to be in contact with the elements and be back to the basics. 

Any words or thoughts you would like to say to the Flow Snowboarding customers and support? 

I would like to thanks Flow for being a game changer in snowboarding, always trying to think out-of-the-box. Bringing speed entry systems in bindings and boots, they really change my riding. Also a lot of thanks to people in Windsurfing Chile, Flow distributors in Chile, a team that has been supporting me since the beginning.

Have any of you ventured down to South America for the winter/summer (…you know what I mean, when winter isn’t here… haha). Where have you gone? Flow Snowboarding would love to see you photos. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Don’t forget to send Tomas Santa Maria a few “Holas” via social as well.

On The Road with Micah Hoogeveen

Flow Snowboarding’s Micah Hoogeveen has had a busy summer. Over the summer, Hoogeveen was working as a fireman in Colorado and ended up doing some time with a hotshot crew out of Idaho. Already accustomed to life on the road, his hotshot crew was always on the go in Idaho and even headed over to Northern California to help battle the massive King Fire. Battling his last fire, Hoogeveen was injured, but expected to make a full recovery. Feel free to hit him up on social for words of encouragement as he heals up and rehabs in preparation for the winter. Flow Snowboarding had a moment to catch up with Hoogeveen during his unexpected down time. Here is the interview below.

Where is home for you?

On the road, but I get my mail sent to my parents house in Grand Junction, CO were I grew up.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding?

A little resort outside of Grand Junction, Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Did you ever ski, or have you always snowboarded?

No two planking for this guy, just boardin’.

What is your current board, boots and bindings set up? Does it change from freeride to freestyle?

The 159 Whiteout is my everyday board, rips everything from, jumps, rails, and pow.

The NX2′s are my go to bindings for everything, lots off response, ad enough flex to ride anything

The Hylite Focus are my boots of choice, perfect flex for all types of riding. The Vibram sole is perfect for hiking gnarly lines and sledding.

The 156 Darwin best pow deck you can by, then on those days you want to ride the resort and rail some turns it will do that too. The Augmented Base Technology – ABT makes it feel like you are riding a pillow on the snow. It will hit jumps and rails too.

Who were your influences in snowboarding growing up?

Ryan Robinson, Casey Woodmansee, Chad Tolley, and the Un..Inc. crew.

What do you consider your home mountain to be?

Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Where is your favorite place to ride?

Valdez, AK on Thompson pass. That place is unreal. It’s a boarder’s mecca up there. So much terrain to be had and I wish I had the time or money to ride it all.

What’s lasting memory from last season?

One memory that stands out is the trip I took with Ben Gevalda from Transworld. Just a small crew of good buddies chasing pow around Montana, cramming 6 dudes in a hotel room, riding till you can’t see, broken sleds, exploring new terrain, and party laps with your friends in pow everyday. Trips you read about growing up in the magazines and what snowboarding is all about.

Any place you are looking forward to riding next season?

Summit at Snowqualmie and Alpental east of Seattle, WA. It’s one of my favorite resorts to ride. Amazing terrain, lots of pow, a great park, and a cool mountain nostalgia. I’m fortunate to get to ride for this mountain and I look forward to going back every season.

What are some of your favorite places to ride? 

Summit at Snowqualmie, Silverton Resort, Montana (the whole state), Brighton to name a few. Anywhere I can find enough snow to go boardin’ on.

Do you ride with any music, or an mp3 player? If so, what music typically finds its way onto your mix?

I try not to ride with it in the backcountry but on mellow days at a resort I’ll be rocking some Metal. Red Fang, Sabbath, Slayer, Witch, and a little bit of hip hop mixed in there.

Tell us a little bit about The Impaler film you’ve been plugging…

Well I met Brett Spur, one of the filmmakers this last season. I went on an amazing trip with he and some buddies from the TransworldSnow trip.  We found some crazy new zones, built some jumps, and had tons of fun party boarding and doing some filming in the process. I got to see a sneak peek of a section of the film and its going to be pretty heavy. Lots of talented street boarders doing some heavy rails, drops, and gaps throughout the Midwest. These guys put two years into this project and it shows. I’m excited to have a small part in the film doing some powder ‘boardin. The film premieres this weekend in Minnesota so go to the-impaler.com to find a spot where its premiering near you.

Do you have any films or projects coming up this winter?

I do. I will be meeting up with Brett Spur and a couple other buddies up in Montana and we a going to do a project about our adventures this next season. I’m pretty excited about this season cause the last couple have been tough trying to get everything to fall into place. It is in the infancy stages right now but should be a project to watch.

You work as a fireman during the summer. Tell us a little about your firefighting this summer.

It was a pretty random fire season for me this year. I started in May working in Colorado and they had a pretty quiet season this year. So I ended up getting offered a 21 day job with a Hot Shot crew out of Idaho. I got there at the end of July and pretty much went from 0 to 100 miles per hour. We got on quite a few fires in Idaho then headed to Northern California and stayed there for two weeks then back Idaho again for a fire then back to California for the King Fire. The King Fire had some wild fire behavior and my season got cut a little short do to an incident with a tree.  It ended up being almost two months on the crew and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m hoping to make a full recovery from the injury to my leg and be back for the Colorado preseason boardin.

Other than firefighting has your summer been? Have you had a chance to travel much? Or catch up with some summer activities?

Firefighting pretty much consumes my summers. I did fall in love with river surfing. I suck at it but I like a good challenge and it’s the closest thing to shredding pow that I can do during the summer. I do get to do a lot of traveling and camping where only a few people have ever been with firefighting during the summer. Getting flown in by helicopter to work and camp is pretty sweet.

How did you get involved working with Flow?

Jordan Zdanek, who is a regional rider for FLOW, started riding for Greg Oakley, who is the regional sales rep for the Rocky Mountain region, and put me in touch with Greg. Jordan and I lived together in Summit County in Colorado in 2010 and helped Greg out at demos. During the next couple seasons, we worked our way up the sponsorship ladder. The rest is history.

Any advice to riders looking to get noticed or sponsored?

Love Snowboarding! It is why we all do it. It can make any crappy day fun and beats any day behind a desk. Work hard, it’s a trait that people take for granted nowadays and if you put the work in, it will payoff. Stay positive, your head can be your greatest asset or your worst enemy. Do it because you want to. Companies like to see someone who is passionate about boardin’. It will show in your riding and show people how much fun you can have snowboarding.

Are there any events, projects or causes that you are involved with that you would like to give some exposure to?

I’m really stoked to be apart of the A-Rob Banked Slalom that benefits the A-Rob Plant A Seed Project. The Plant A Seed project is a non-profit that helps get underprivileged kids on the slopes for their first time and introduces them to the fun they can have snowboarding. Aaron Robinson was a good buddy and snowboarder who passed away in 2011 in Chile and it was started do to his dream to get everyone snowboarding. All the proceeds from the slaloms at Big Sky and Alpental go to the Plant A Seed Project to buy new equipment for the kids, food, and to get them to the mountain. It’s an awesome event to race your friends on a fun course that also benefits an amazing cause. Check out www.facebook.com/SmashLifeBankedSlalom for all of the details on the slalom and the A-Rob Plant A Seed Project.

Any last words for Flow’s followers and customers?

GO BOARDIN’!

Do any of you offer your free time for civil service and battle wildfires like Micah Hoogeveen? What activities and hobbies keep you busy and active over the summer until the snow flies? Do you keep riding by skating & surfing? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding. Don’t forget to send Micah Hoogeveen some “Get Well Soon” wishes via social.

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Mike Basich Featured in Heavy Mental by Absinthe Films

Check out our pal Mike Basich who is featured in the latest Absinthe film Heavy Mental.

“The lack of snow in much of the world, and a lack of snowpack stability in most other places, made this winter exceptionally challenging. Mentally and otherwise. A bit like a riddle, a maze, and a game of chicken rolled into one. With heavy consequences for not playing at the very top of your game. Lucky for you, (and for Absinthe) we were at the right place at the right time. But that would be a long and weird name for a movie, so we decided to call this one HEAVY MENTAL. You will be rocked.” -Absinthe Films

Heavy Mental is now available for download on iTunes. Have you seen the film yet? If so… what did you think of Mike Basich’s segment? We at Flow Snowboarding want to know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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