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 Snowboardingvia Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.
“I’m really excited to have the backing of Flow for the project,” said Matt Devino “They have an amazing team and everyone at the company loves snowboarding, which is what this film is really all about. The film is sure to be even better with their support.”
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. Here’s a link to the trailer. So stoked for this film.
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.
The Fusion PowerStrap foot-strap is 3D-shaped so it can fuse the ankle & toe zones over the mid-foot and is padded for a super comfortable form fit. In this quick video we show you how to properly set up your Fusion foot-straps with your Flow Bindings. Make sure you set your bindings up before you go riding, put your boots on, strap in and jump around on the carpet to make sure it feels good!
Down days are perfect for sightseeing the town of Valdez or there is plenty of other interesting things to do up at basecamp. But Thank Goodness we only had 2 down days out of 12!
"Good Morning Tailgaters" Opie is a character, that's all I can say.
Mornings look for this dude making announcements about whats going on at camp like snow science clinics, man games or I suggest make your own adventure as everyone that knows what’s up does. That’s what’s up…
Micah on a down day just down the road from Tailgate at the pillows, Micah knows what's up.
Gentlemen take your pick...
Down days you could skeet shoot with Joey Weber’s shotgun or a partake in a little target practice with a hand cannon… 50 cal hand gun that is. AK resident Chris True brought all the Big Guns for this show…
Axe throwing go’s down all the time, but during down days you can’t just walk past the set up without throwing it… nice double exposure from my i-Phone as Brett chucks the axe.
Or on a down day you could go for a Glacier Tour, Flows Donnie Denton, EVO’s Joseph Nataro and Flows Kevin Addy at Worthington Glacier
At night once all the old washed up good for nothing campers go to sleep you might get board, remember you can always walk across the street to Camp One Love for a good time. Named that after the Bob Marley One Love Flag perched above their camp, it’s where all local kids from the city of Valdez set up basecamp. Each year they get creative with their set up, this year was no different; they had a snow-cave built next to their fire pit. Quite a good time and definitely a must if staying up at the Pass. Respect the Locals!!
Only in AK
This 18 yr old kid (Jens) was more worried about scratching his Dads Suburban then getting his sled out and back into the rig. Yes that is a 145 track snowmobile inside there… Only in AK
Mornings you gotta get going and get out, here some of the boys take off, eh…
"The Valley of The Tusk" in the Chugach Mountains from Flows Tailgate Alaska
Mike Basich on his 12-13 Flow Solitude Snowboard from Flows Tailgate Alaska
Tailgate Alaskas Founder Mark Sullivan and Python behind him
If you choose to stay up on the pass during Tailgate Alaska, you might not get to take a shower until the next time you drive down into town. Here Jordan shows the tech how we took showers in our RV: take three parts cold water and mix one part boiling water into a bug/weed sprayer. Get in the pictured plastic tub in the actual shower of the RV and spray away. Shampoo and rinse…
Most days in AK you leave in the morning and don’t return till around 9:30ish. Here Basich and his boys just returned around 9:40 under the Full Moon with his newest Go-Pro Creation, Look for his newest edit to drop soon.
If you need ice up at basecamp you either drive into town or hop on your sled, go up to the glacier and grab a chunk of Ice. Break off a nugget and add to your Soda, Drink or what ever you need ice in. And yes it’s clean, the ice is over 10,000 years old!
Stairway to Heaven
In AK you need to have $120 USD to have a Heli drop you off at one of the millions of peaks around Flows Tailgate Alaska Basecamp or you hop on a Snowmachine take it up about 4000 vertical feet then climb up another 500-1000 more and when I say climb I mean climb! It’s literally a like you are climbing a step ladder up to a narrow scaffolding to grab a bag of money, you want it but you don’t want to die, man my hands are sweating just writing about it! A Bitter Sweet… but once atop the Peak you realize the near death experience was worth it!! Sometimes…
Once at the top hidden dangers exist every place around you, you really need to be on your A-Game. No effin around, Weather could come in, Avalanches could pop, dips could be Crevasses or example as we were walking to our drop in point one of our guys happened to step to the left of the trail and exposed a death hole. “TIAK” = This Is Alaska, that’s the saying around those parts, kinda like the saying “Murphy’s Law” anything that can go wrong will and can.
Flows Tailgate Alaska 2012
Coming down the mountain from another long but amazing day to TGAK Basecamp… priceless
Nights are fun in AK and you pretty much stay up late and get hungry so to suppress your late night munchies you get really creative. Here Jason Gretzinger makes himself a Smores Sandwich while Jordan coaches him, just as any kind hearted Merikan would do for his up to da north neighbor from Canada.
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.
This is what the inside looked like after we picked up our generators, tents, product and supplies. Asking for it…
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
After a couple days Basecamp started to come together
This was where most our Team Riders stayed, an Alaknak Hunting Tent
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…
Then it was time to GO SNOWBOARDING! Look for the edit to drop soon!
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
At Flow Snowboarding we do a lot of events all over the world, but the Tailgate Events are hands down the best. Not because it’s our event but because the memories and friends you make are for a lifetime. Trust me we go to the X-Games, Dew Tour, Grand Prix and a few other Big named events and nothing compares to Tailgate. Yes it’s not as action packed with tight pant wearing people doing double corks and there’s no free hair products, but it does bring backcountry enthusiasts from around the world together in search of the same thing… POWDER
Here’s a little tour of Tailgate BC 2012 Music by The Beer Boys
This was the 1st year of many to come for Tailgate BC up in the Great White North, Snowmobiles, Helis, Chairlifts and a ton o SNOW
The flow tent was THE spot to be… FREE Beer, Hot Dogs, Burgers, Crown Royal and a place to stay warm while swapping stories of where you rode that day.
“Man Games” were a hit as usual, every night Tailgate BC would throw some type of manish games. Axe throwing, Hammerschlaggan, Beacon Search and my favorite the Log into fire barrel overhead chuck. Hanna B won the Axe comp one night, so it shows anyone can participate in a Tailgate event, even you.
Mornings at Basecamp were popping, everyone was gathering in their different groups to go riding, weather to go Snowmobiling/snowboarding , the ski resort or Snowcat Boarding with Soul Rides Snowcats. The Flow Team grouped up this day to go up in the bird/heli with Eagle Pass with guide Scott Newsome (pictured below)
One awesome thing about Eagle Pass is that they offer complementary Avalanche Airbag Systems with full Avy kits inside. Shovel, Beacon, Probe and most important the Airbag it’s self. Here Scott teaches us about the use of the system and the Avalanche danger in our area for the day.
Thiswill mark the inaugural Flow Tailgate BC event. While there anyone can look for easy access via heli, sled, skiing and resort lifts. Around camp, backcountry education will play a central role, with snow-safety classes, beacon searches, and snowmobile riding/sled maintenance clinics.Flow Tailgate BCprovides easy access to terrain made famous in countless ski and snowboarding videos.