Sarka Pancochova at the Snowboard Zezula Signing

Flow Snowboarding’s Sarka Pancochova dropped into Snowboard Zezula for a signing as well as a meet and greet with her fans. Check out this video showing a few highlights from the event.

The first chairlifts are spinning in Colorado and now according to NOAA, the first major winter storm of the 2014-15 season is about to slam into the Pacific Northwest. Flow Snowboarding is ready for winter. Are you? Where are you planning on riding for your first tracks of the 2014-15 season? Don’t forget to reach out to us on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding

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Tim Humphreys Mammoth Edit: Heckler Magazine

Now that chair lifts are spinning in North America once again, it is time to start raising the stoke level. Make sure you have your gear in order, your board is nicely tuned and waxed and everything is situated for you to run to the hills when your time comes.

Check out this exclusive edit filmed last winter at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s Unbound Main Park. This 2014 with a GoPro featuring Tim Humphreys is brought to you by Heckler Magazine. You can find this edit and a write up on Humphreys on page 56 of the Heckler Digital Magazine Volume 2.1. Let Humpy and Heckler Magazine know what you think of the edit by reaching out via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

The Duder Abides: Nathan Jacobson

The Duder abides in the Pacific Northwest. Flow Snowboarding had a chance to catch up with Nathan Jacobson to find out a little bit more about his background, to recap his strong showing in his snowboarding competitions last winter, what he has been up to over the summer to his plans for the upcoming winter.

Where are you originally from Nathan?

I was born and raised in Bend Oregon. I love it here. There is no place I would have rather grown up. Everyone here is nice and the community is outdoorsy. The mountain is only 20 minutes from town and we had an indoor skate park that I would spend a lot of hours at.

What do you consider your home mountain to be? 

Mt. Bachelor is my home mountain.

Did you ski before, or have you always been snowboarding?

I started skiing when i was 2 years old. My dad would carry me around the mountain in a backpack going top speed before I could walk.

Where did snowboarding begin for you?

The first time I went snowboarding I was 5 years old at my home mountain, Mt. Bachelor. My family were all skiers so I think they hoped I wouldn’t like it. I fell like 70 times on my first run. My dad asked if I was over it. I replied, “No way! That was awesome!” 

What was it like competing in the Men’s US Open of Snowboarding?

It was by far the most fun I have ever had at a contest. Plus… the half pipe was amazing! I was competing with my childhood heroes. It was cool to be hanging around them, everyone was nice and funny. It also made me realize that I’m at their level now. 

USASA Nationals in CO, you placed 3rd in Men’s open halfpipe and 6th in slopestyle. Congratulations… what was that whole event like? 

Well that was my 8th year competing at nationals so I have experienced it a lot. Nationals has so much going on. It’s crazy fun. It was my second year riding the open class and first time on the podium in that class. My new coach Spencer, from the US Snowboard team, was there watching and I think that really helped me try to impress him and to try to secure my spot on the team. 

What’s it like being on the US Snowboard Team?

Amazing, they help out so much and make sure that we are in top shape for the upcoming winter. They have had team camps through out the summer and fall, so I really have gotten to know my teammates. We are all at a higher level of riding so it is nice to have people pushing me all of the time. 

What are a few of your favorite resorts to travel to?

My favorite place to ride is Mt. Bachelor because of the all natural terrain, everything is like a natural halfpipe, wind lips, tranny finding, and natural quarter pipes.  That’s why we have so many good half pipe riders coming out of Bend. Everywhere in Colorado and Utah… because there is so much snow and so many different resorts to go to. Breckenridge has my favorite terrain park.

You skate and wakeboard too… what are some of your favorite skate spots? Where do you usually wake board?

We have a lot of good skate spots close to Bend. We just got a new outdoor park this summer which has been fun. Sisters, Oregon has fun bowls and a cradle. We wakeboard in the summer at Prineville Reservoir and sometimes Round Butte.

Who were our influences growing up snowboarding?

Ben Watts was a big influence on me when i was starting out snowboarding. He was a great skater and I skated with him all the time at the indoor park in Bend. All of my friends started snowboarding so I wanted to start too. When Ben made the US Snowboard team, I realized that a goal like that was possible.

Who are your main influences now?

My coaches at Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation – they are all great riders and are super positive and amazing coaches.

What is your current ride setup? Board, boots, bindings… Does your setup differ from park to powder riding?

This season I plan to ride on the 153 Black Out snowboard, large Fuse Hybrids bindings and the Hylite Focus snowboard boots, size 9′s. I like camber more than rocker because I feel more stable. My setup does not differ from park to powder. I really like my set up so I ride it in everything.

Where is the furthest you have traveled to snowboard?

Seven Springs, PA

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

Florida. It’s warm, DisneyWorld is there and they have the Orlando Watersports Complex for wakeboard cable park riding. Also, there is a huge Van’s skate park.

What is the origin of the name “Duder?”

When I was two days old my dad was calling me “Dude.” My mom was getting mad at him saying “Dude” wasn’t a cute enough name. So they switched it to “Duder.”

Where are you looking forward to riding this upcoming season?

Laxx in Switzerland for the European Open.

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

To get really good results in all the contests I compete in. I hope to make it to finals in the Grand Prix and European Open.

Are there any other tricks you plan on adding to the trick bag or mastering to continue to take your riding to the next level?

Right now I am just trying to add more style to my riding and will add new tricks as they come along.

Do you ride with music, what are you normally listening to?

Yes, I listen to Biggie Smalls on Pandora Radio

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

Keep snowboarding.  You have to have fun with it first before you can be successful.

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

Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, they have been so supportive of me and I want to give a shout out for all of the great things they do for kids in snow sports. I volunteer for their annual fundraisers including the ski swap, Snowball, Pole Peddle Paddle and Cascade Cycling Classic.

Any final words for the Flow customers or followers?

I like the Flow set up because it’s faster strapping in and it makes me feel more connected to my snowboard then other binding brands I’ve tried. Get your gear ordered up… it’s going to be an awesome season!  #FindYourFlow

If you’re up in Oregon riding this year, keep your eye out for Nathan “Duder” Jacobson cruising around Mt. Bachelor. Are any of you headed to ride the Pacific Northwest this winter? Flow Snowboarding wants to know where you’re planning on riding. Chime in and connect with us via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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

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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.

Urska Pribosic in Lipstick Productions film Something

SOMETHING. the teaser from Lipstick Productions on Vimeo.

Today the film trailer for the Lipstick Productions movie Something was released, featuring Urska Pribosic. Something is Lipstick Productions 4th movie. In addition to Pribosic, Something also features Julia Baumgartner, Ana Rumiha, Lisa Filzmoser, Conny Bleicher, Cecilia Larsen, Marion Haerty & friends.

The ladies and Lipstick Productions explored Canada for the first time & adventured into Georgia’s untouched terrain. The film has stellar backcountry parts and will show the best park riding from the incredible event Nine Queens. The film has yet to be released. But for now, check out the trailer for the new film by Lipstick Productions, Something.

Have you read our previous interview with Urska Pribosic yet? It’s already October, which means the season is right around the corner. All these films and events are starting to remind us to be prepared. All the snow the US received this week was a great reminder. Winter is coming. Where are you planning on riding first when the snow flies and the chairs start spinning? Let us know. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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Tim Humphreys September Snowboarding Session

“The day was September 28, 2014,” Tim Humphreys explained. “How did it snow in Tahoe? No one knows… well.. we were over 9,000 feet up on Mt. Rose. The only thing that’s for sure is we went boardin! I can feel it. It’s going to be a good season out here in Tahoe!”

Are you ready winter? What did you do to add to your stoke level for winter? Did any of you take advantage of the winter storms that hit North America this past week? Did any of you go to Bear Mountain’s Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails? Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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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Getting to Know Urska Pribosic

Slovenian snowboarder Urska Pribosic recently graced the the cover of the Blue Tomato snowboard catalog and was recently featured in Lipstick Productions short film No Place Like Home. Never one to miss a joke or prank, Pribosic’s Lipstick Productions rider profile lists “Honesty” as a virtue she has, followed comically by “Lying” as a bad habit.

We had a chance to track down Flow Global Ambassador Urska Pribosic to ask her a few questions about her growing up snowboarding, her summer & winter travels, as well as being featured in the new Lipstick Productions film “Something.” Her jovial nature shone through on a few of her answers. Have a read.

Where is home for you Urska, currently?

Earth… most of the time.

Did you ever ski before you started snowboarding?

Yes and I still sometimes do, just to be reminded how much better snowboarding is.

Do you listen to any music when you ride?

If I remember to take it with me…so no. And even if I do remember the battery is usually dead.

What is your current snowboarding setup? Board, boots, bindings? 

I ride flow Velvet 146 for park and street, for powder I use a Velvet 150. Boots wise I sue the Deelite coiler.  My bindings are the Minx GT.

Where was the first place you went snowboarding?

Pokljuka. I straight went for powder but didn’t go very far.

What would you consider your home mountain to be?

Vogel and Dachstein. Even though Dachstein is in Austria, I’ve been there so many times it feels like home.

Where was your favorite snowboarding trip last winter?

To Georgia (but not the US one…)

Where are you looking forward to riding next winter?

The United States…

Have you ever visited North America to snowboard at all? 

Yes, in Colorado. Copper Mountain and Breckenridge and in Canada. BC & Quebec.

What is your favorite place to travel to for snowboarding?

The one I have never been to.

What is your favorite place to travel to not for snowboarding?

Asia. I like their culture more than western culture.

How has your summer been? What have you been up to to stay in shape for the winter?

Great! I went cycling from Slovenia to Portugal. It took me one month. The spent the next month resting from the previous trip.

Did you snowboard much in the summer with all the glacier and summer snowboarding access you have in Europe? 

We have some glaciers around Austria and France that are also good in summer but I’m usually not very motivated to ride in summer. I do think about other stuff (in the summer).

Are you involved in any activities, events or films coming up that you would like the Flow Snowboarding supporters to look out for?

Yes! There is “Something,” the movie from Lipstick Productions. It’s coming out soon.

Any advice to they younger riders, looking to get sponsored or become a professional snowboarder?

Don’t forget that your doing it out of passion… Hopefully not to get sponsored.

Tell us about filming with Lipstick Productions. I saw your part in “Boobilicious…” Are there any other videos or edits that we should be looking out for?

Filming with Lipstick is the best part of the season. Yes, you should look out for our new movie Something.

Anything else you would like to say to the Flow Snowboarding customers and support?

Just go with Flow

Urska Pribosic has her Flying Squirrel costume as seen in her segment of the film “Boobilicious.” Mike Basich has his Yeti costume seen in the popular GoPro commercial. Even Johan Jenssen, our Photo of the Week winner from last week, has this chicken costume. Do any of you out there have a costume you like riding around in to break the monotony. Share with us on social media. Connect with us at Flow Snowboarding via Social Media and use the hashtag #FlowSnowboarding.

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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.