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?
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.