Snowing on Hawaii in July

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Photo via Mauna Kea webcam

Here at Flow Snowboarding, we want to know… July is still considered summer… right? We are asking that because while the whole world was watching Mick Fanning punch a couple great white sharks over the weekend, it was also snowing on the Big Island of Hawaii on the summit of Mauna Kea. The summit of Mauna Kea sits at 13,796 feet. The snowfall wasn’t too substantial, as only 1.5 – 2 inches accumulated per the reports. It was just enough to close the road to the main summit.

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Strong El Niño Building For This Winter

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Photo via: NOAA

Flow Snowboarding can’t help but play the winter prediction game in the off-season, you could even call it one of our #FlowRituals. The real question we all want to know is… how much snow are we getting this coming winter? For those of us who have been hitting the ocean this summer, you can tell there is something building out there. This past week, our friends at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) had some good news in their ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) Diagnostic Discussion. What they said in their July 9th report was potentially good news for the drought stricken west.

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RIDER PROFILE SCOTTY LAGO: FLOW RIDER AND WINTER OLYMPIAN

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Scotty Lago is a Jack of all trades. From backcountry to superpipe, he can get it done. At his first winter olympics in 2010, he finished a bronze medalist. Scotty is now attempting to qualify for his second Winter Olympics and is ready to represent team U.S.A.

Accomplishments

•2006 1st Place in Paul Mitchell Expression Session
•2006 3rd Place X Games Halfpipe
•2007 2nd Place Vans Cup
•2007 1st Place World Cup Halfpipe Opener
•2009 2nd Place X Games Slopestyle
•2009 1st Place Burton US Open Quarterpipe
•2010 2nd Place Grand Prix Halfpipe
•2010 3rd Place Winter Olympics
•2011 2nd Place Winter X Games Halfpipe
•2012 1st Place Toyota Big Air

Snowboard Story

Scotty was born on November 12, 1987 in Seabrook, New Hampshire. At age 6, he was infatuated with snowboarding. Any chance he could get, Scotty would indulge himself within snowboarding. Watching videos of snowboarders in-between the times that he could make it to the mountains. Scotty’s contest success came early and often. At age 10 he was winning local contests and beginning to receive national recognition.

Scotty soon knew that he wanted snowboarding to be his profession. In 2007, he won the gold medal in the halfpipe during the World Cup and continued his success by making a spot on the 2010 U.S.A. Winter Olympic team. With his drive and determination, Scotty received a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Scotty is extremely proud and thankful for all of his competitive success and he never forgets all that snowboarding has given him.

Favorite Destinations

Scotty grew up in New Hampshire and loved to snowboard at his local mountains. He knows that there is no place better than home, but he has a very optimistic view on traveling. Scotty makes home anywhere the snow is. His favorite mountains are “any with snow”. It is this optimistic perspective on life and a competitive drive that has helped propel Scotty to global recognition within the snowboard world.

Scotty is currently attempting to qualify for the United States Olympic team for a second time in a row. The Flow family and snowboard fans alike are keeping their fingers crossed in hopes that we see Scotty Lago at Sochi in February.

Wish Scotty Luck here: www.twitter.com/scottylago

Scotty’s Pre-Olympic Interview


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