Alaska Airlines

Flying to flow? Save some dough.

Stoked to announce that the FLOW Tour will be taking off with a airlines partner this season!

Alaska Airlines has recently been ranked the number one Airline and now Alaska Airlines is also a proud sponsor of the 2018 US FlowRider® FLOW Tour!

A very recent CNN Travel article, referencing the best airlines, according to The Points Guy (TBG), Alaska Airlines topped the list for 2018.

Alaska Airlines, which has merged with a new partner, Virgin America, edged out the runner-up, Southwest and also out ranked Delta (#3) to win the top spot in The Points Guy’s ratings.

TBG goes on to say “Alaska scored consistently well across a number of key criteria, ranking in the top three for airfare, on-time arrivals, customer satisfaction, baggage and a best-in-the-industry frequent-flier program,”

We say, they have stepped up to the plate to support our passion for the sport of flowboarding and we look forward to supporting them in return.

As part of our sponsorship, along with getting our community to book with Alaska Air, we are aiming to get the FlowRider FLOW Tour members and our flowboarders community to sign up for the Mileage Plan and take advantage of flight discounts for this year’s US FLOW Tour events. Did we already mention the have the “best – in – the -industry frequent flier milage program? Yes, we did, but’s worth stating again!

Mileage Plan membership allows frequent flyers to earn miles every time you fly with Alaska or any of their airline partners. You can redeem those miles for award travel, earn elite status, and enjoy all the perks of being a loyal Alaska Airlines guest.

Additionally, Alaska Airlines will be providing discounts and coupon codes for all 2018 FLOW Tour members and competitors traveling for events listed domestically.

Be sure to stay social and know your flow via the Flowboarders social media platforms and website event pages because that is where you will find flight discount codes and more information to save some dough when you flow.

Codes will be set up around the event dates and nearest airport locations. Allowing riders to book trips up a two week window around the event dates.

To think, this all started from a flowboarders.com community member and fellow employee of Alaska Airlines (Jasper Ha) who is an absolute fanatic about flowboarding reaching out with a simple e-mail to his co-workers and chain of command. Needless to say, thank you Jasper & and Alaska Airlines.

“Shoot, assuming all goes well, discounts and perks will increase as our relationship grows!” states, Doug Clark, Alaska Airlines Sales & Community Marketing Manager.

Sign up, fly Alaska Airlines and help us all grow the flow!

JOIN THE MILEAGE PLAN

 

 

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Rapids Waterpark FLOW Jams

Florida Flowboarders, the 2018 FlowRider FLOW tour will be in the sunshine state for US Prime Stop #2 on Saturday, April 28th; we know you are eager to showcase your skills on the FlowRider attraction!

Are you ready?! Of course you are, but if you are looking to loosen up those legs and get your feet wet before the season, here is the perfect opportunity to practice at a FlowRider® venue, hosting an Official FLOW Tour Prime, with a chance to earn National Rankings, prizes and of course a seeded slot at the US National Championships on August 11th – Also being hosted in the warm but cool state of Florida. (Check out the COMPETITIONS TAB for more events and details)

Rapids Waterpark invites FLOW Tour members, friends, family members and board sport enthusiast a like to come join the action of their annual FLOW Jam weekends leading up to their main event.

Guests and participants can “Flow with a Pro” during the Rapids Waterpark Flow Jams this summer! Leading up to their official FlowRider FLOW Tour competition on April 28th, Rapids will host a series of FLOW Jam events to help local riders prepare to take on other competitors from around the county.

Rapids Waterpark Flow Jams are the last hour of the day on Saturdays (dates below) and the Flow with a Pro session is free with a general admission ticket.

Normally, Rapids Waterpark is a bodyboard only location, at least during public operation hours. However, with a professional riders lending a helping and the big competition right around the corner, stand up riding will be allowed only during the Flow Jam sessions! Mark your calendars and take advantage of these training opportunities!

Riders who participate in the FLOW Jams will have the opportunity to be selected by the Flow Pro to win a free entry into the FlowRider FLOW Tour Prime Stop competition hosted by Silver Rapids Waterpark in West Palm Beach on Saturday April 28th

The FLOW Tour welcomes all competitors from novice to pro, Youth to Masters. There will be a division for all ages and skill levels with a lot of fun happening on and off the wave!

Dates and Instructors confirmed so far:

March 10th Nate Murray (Pro Flowboarder)

March 17th  – TBD

March 21st  – TBD

March 31st  – TBD

April 7th  – TBD

April 14th – TBD

April 21st Sean Silveira (Pro Flowboarder, 5x US National Champion, 6x World Flowboarding Champion)

 

Rapids Waterpark Flow Jams are the last hour of the day on Saturdays (dates below) and the Flow with a Pro session is free with a general admission ticket.

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Surfari Park is ready to Flow at The Grove Resort & Spa

Back at it again!

FlowRider, Inc.’s operations and training specialist, Adam Muller, is recently back from the one of the world’s newest FlowRider® Double attractions!

FlowRider, Inc., in conjunction with their North American licensee, Aquatic Development Group, is proud to announce that is this new FlowRider location is on the cusp of opening right outside of Orlando, Florida at The Grove Resort & Spa’s Surfari Waterpark.

Most hotels have some sort of pool to plunge into, but not all of them have a FlowRider surf simulator in a world-class waterpark.  Luxury accommodations call for luxury amenities, right?!

We have seen the central Florida flowboarders community struggle since the closing of the famous Fantasy Surf venue.  That was the ultimate indoor wave location, but now there are almost 10 waves providing a chance to Go With The Flow™ and The Grove will be at the top of the list for popular flow locations in the Sunshine State.

The Grove Resort & Spa, a Benchmark property, is a lush and expansive 106-acre hotel destination that is just minutes from Disneyworld®.  Lake Austin is one of the centerpieces of the whole property. In fact, portions of the property borders Central Florida’s conservation grounds. The “quiet part of town” element of this beautiful property definitely attracts guests and now the cool factor of a full on waterpark with a FlowRider in it will too!

“I grew up in Florida, I have been to many resorts in the greater Orlando area.  This is a phenomenal resort and people are going to love this place,” Adam Muller, FlowRider Retail and FLOW Tour Manager, said after getting back from training The Grove’s new staff.

When Adam was onsite with the staff, he got them pumped up to be part of the Flow Family and made absolute sure they knew the basic training operations and techniques of loading from the side and how to teach guests properly in efforts to proved the best and safest experience.

“Adam provided an awesome training session!  He (Adam) is definitely born to teach the sport and I couldn’t have asked for better support!  We are all now obsessed with the wave!” mentions Ashley Sorto, the Recreational Manager onsite.

After that initial and thorough basic training, he was able to teach the staff some more advanced ways to safely enter the ride and also a few tricks!

Check out this video and  view the photo gallery above.

Jonathan Destouche, featured in the video above had this to say about his experience during the training session. “I can’t thank Adam and Sean enough for coming out to the Grove, it was very helpful and I was immediately starting to stand a little longer on the board after they got me going!”

Obviously Orlando is a popular travel destination, so people have many choices from which to choose when they are searching for a hotel in the area.  The new FlowRider Double at The Grove will undoubtedly steer families, especially those with tweens and teens, to book with them and most likely become repeat guests for years to come!

Additionally, our team is working behind the scenes to put together a FlowRider Expo and competition at Surfari Waterpark during the US FLOW Tour National Championship week!

Fun fact: 6x World Champions and 5x National Champion, Sean Silveira, lives within 10 minutes driving distance of the new location! “This is going to do wonders for my FLOW Tour training,” Silveira explains.

Needless to say, Sean is super pumped to say the least and will be making frequent appearances at The Grove to shred on their FlowRider Double.

Check out his latest session on the FlowRider Double at The Grove!

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FlowRiderShop.com Ambassador Team Openings

The FlowRiderShop.com has ambassador openings and is now accepting FR Team applications!

I will let you know right now, and you can ask any of the current team members this as well (even the G.O.A.T Sean Silveira), that being an ambassador requires more work than you may think. FR Team riders are expected to represent the attraction, promote the sport and showcase the lifestyle in a positive manner – on and off the wave.

Check out some of our current Pro team members and ambassadors on the FlowRiderShop.com Team Riders Tab.

Before FlowRider Team announcements are made for this year’s FLOW Tour and we dish out agreements, there are a few FlowRiderShop Ambassador Openings to fill!

For those of you that stay super active with us on social media, thanks for reaching out to us. We are excited with the response level and your interest in becoming part of this elite, growing team is motivating!

I (Adam) am a dedicated and supportive fan of the community and continue to do all the little things for select individuals/athletes whose positivity and effort on and off the wave is obvious. The success of this sport starts with our flowboarders community in the field. Enter, the FR Team programs that are designed to unite the flowboarding community and to keep headquarters in the loop of what’s going on with your home wave or nearest FlowRider attractions.

As a former sponsored athlete, venue manager, brand creator, FLOW Tour competitor and current FLOW Events coordinator, I am genuinely aware of the positives that are related to sponsorship and cross promotions (i.e. free swag! I get it – it’s the best). I also know that we are simultaneously focused on the growth of our sport and increasing ridership even though the very sport you are promoting can be tough on your wallet.

Our main goal with the sponsorship program and behind FlowRiderShop.com is to offer an outlet for flowboarders everywhere to have access to the flow gear they need. We are constantly making efforts to expand our product offerings and making it a one stop shop featuring all brands that support the sport, attraction and lifestyle.

Team riders will be expected to ride and promote the boards, merchandise and brands offered on FlowRiderShop.com. The array of brands was extensively expanding in 2017 because we want our team riders use their preferred equipment – the equipment that helps them progress their riding. Remember, discounts and free swag are awesome, but is not the focal point of this partnership. The focus is to grow the flow together.

With all that said, it’s time to rally the troops and come together. Let us always keep in mind that this is a joint effort, a two-street and that it takes two to tango, so to speak. The more you respectfully represent flowboarders as a whole at various waves across the world, stay social while doing it and just keep shredding, the more we can improve our shop offerings, sponsorship programs and swag offerings! We will support you right back!

As we gear up for the 2018 FLOW Tour season, we are looking for flowboarders who…

 Have plans to compete/travel on the FLOW Tour
 Have registered to be FLOW Tour Member
 Are active on and off the wave at their local FlowRider venues
 Are willing to offer a helping hand at events or local venues
 Prefer riding the products currently offered on FlowRiderShop.com
 Are not currently in a binding relationship/sponsorship with conflicting companies
 Are active on social media with @flowboarders, @flowrider_inc and @flowridershop
 Have a Flowboarders.com profile

Do you meet all or most of the requirements above? If so, we have several levels of team commitments and opportunities.

FlowRider Shop Ambassador This group is for riders who are passionate and positive about the sport at all levels and stay connected to the community. Riders will be offered discounts.
FR Team Ambassador – This level is for qualified/selected riders who have put in work on and off the wave and have continuously shown support and improvement over the years
FR PRO Team This level is reserved for World Champions, Regional Tour Champions and establish Professional Competitive riders.

Our current openings are for the FlowRider Shop Ambassador and offer the opportunity to move up to more committed levels of sponsorship.

The FlowRider Shop Ambassador squad will receive discounts on boards and merchandise from FlowRiderShop.com, custom board opportunities, various shout outs on social media and cross promotions.

FlowRider Shop Ambassadors will also be contacted first in regards to wave trainings, demonstrations, shows and grand openings in their region.

There are a lot of opportunities and we can take it as far as riders want depending on their commitments, efforts and results. There is no pressure, just team work.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Cheers,
Adam

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A Boost from Boomer!

A lot of waves are seasonal, meaning they only operate during certain times of the year.  Bummer – we know!

What can flowboarders do with all their spare time when their wave is closed for months at a time?  

Well, as many of you know, flowboarding was born from various board sports, giving birth to its own hybrid board, so to speak.  Chances are that flowboarders in the community already participate in or are totally willing to try different (but similar!) board sports when they are not shredding on a FlowRider®.

Another way we encourage our community to pass the time (and, uh, stay out of trouble!) is by sharing their flow with us!  Create content, send it in and let’s share it with the flow world. Simply e-mail submissions to Adam@FlowRider.com and tag @flowboarders in your social postings.

Got Flow? Want to Share It? We Want You!

To get this started, we are happy to share a part of a recent email from an avid rider and positive member of the Flow Tribe (@FlowCiety):

“Here is the content I wrote the other day. Peruse it, and if you like it, feel free to post it.  I enjoy the creativity in writing and expressing personality with flow – so whether it’s used or not, doesn’t really matter to me!  Thanks for reading, brotha.”

The e-mail came from a rider in Arizona, Boomer Mueller.  Boomer is a core member from the FlowCiety and is subject to a seasonal home wave. He and his crew recently experienced their last session of the season; we teamed up on that as well and shared some action from on and off the wave there.

The Flowboarders Tribe

FlowCiety Test Rides the 2018 Models From FlowRiderShop.com

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Boomer wants to give flowboarders around the world a boost as they head into the next season.  Let’s call it a Boomer Boost!  Whether you are riding for fun or preparing for a FLOW Tour competition, or flowboarding is just a random activity for you, take notes!

3 Barriers in Your Riding and How to Guarantee Your Next Breakthrough in Flow!

There are a few inevitable (and pesky) barriers that block progression.  It’s funny because everything I’m about to share with you was affecting my riding long before I could identify what the heck I was doing wrong.

If you are an advanced rider, working on these could immediately open a new door in your riding and bag of tricks.  If you’re a beginner or novice rider, becoming aware of these barriers now will let you blast through them surge you to new levels fast.

Once I became familiar with these barriers, I began challenging my riding, my mind, and encountered breakthroughs in style. Shockingly, I began landing tricks I never before believed I could land.  Let’s get into the 3 barriers and how to blast through them:

 

  1. Discouragement with tricks: You really want that dang elusive kick flip.  Landing it is one thing, but being consistent is another.  It may take you 100 attempts before you land it again.  Woven in those 100 attempts will inevitably be a lot of frustration, perhaps a broken toe or two, or maybe even the thought of quitting the sport (but not really).

 

  • Flowboarders tip: Body momentum and muscle memory is key. Repetition on and off the wave will bring consistently to your game. (i.e.)

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  1. No one is challenging you: Whether you are the best rider at your home wave, the only rider at your wave, novice, or somewhere in the middle. If there is no challenge, you will not reach your full potential.

 

  • Flowboarders tip: Challenge yourself. Master your tricks and pre meditate 30-40 second fluid runs. Sign up for a FLOW Tour competition!

 

  1. Lack of experimentation: Do you drop in and repeat the same run over and over?  Do you throw the same order of tricks?  Do you use the full wave while riding? We are creatures of habit, so it’s a normal thing to put down runs that feel the same (because it’s comfortable).  Lack of experimentation is the fastest way to experience a plateau of growth in your riding.

 

  • Flowboarders tip: Try to learn something new every day or session.

 

How to blast through these barriers:

Discouragement with tricks: An easy thing that we do on the wave when tension is building behind the same trick is “Break up energy.”  It is easy to get caught in the cyclone of doom – you drop in, throw the trick, fall, drop in, throw the trick, fall, and repeat until somehow the two hour session is gone and you’re exhausted and pissed.  When you feel yourself getting sucked into this, simply “Break the Energy.”

Sidenote: Never leave the wave mad.  We’ll dive in deeper on why if Flowboarders invites us for another guest blog post… ?

Stop and take 10 slow deep breaths (it doesn’t matter if you’re next turn is skipped) and put together some easy lines with tricks that you know you can land.  This will chill your mind out from being blown on that new trick.  Once you’re cooled down and no longer want to throw your board into next week, you may continue to attempt that trick again.  You just broke up the energy.

No one is challenging you: One of my favorite things that we do at our wave is challenge each other and pass off a trophy each time someone wins the challenge.  It’s called, “The Carrot Challenge.”  It started out as a joke, “whoever lands this trick, gets a carrot!”  We all took turns throwing a trick we weren’t comfortable with, or something creative that had a little finesse.  Here’s a hint: it’s kinda like playing F.L.O.W. but with one trick and winner gets to rock the trophy until next session. Oh, our carrot is a black fossil  now – we’ve had it for months.

Are you questioning what you just read? We did too… so let us clarify. “‘twas once upon a time a carrot” was the response I got when following up on this topic with Boomer. He also sent me this photo. Basically, it was a rotten carrot, which resembled a trophy when a rider from their tribe would land a unique first trick. Makes more sense, I can see how that may give you a boost!

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Here’s a bonus on how to be challenged: Watch a rider that can do what you can’t yet do, and copy them until you can do what they do!

Lack of experimentation:  This is a sneaky gremlin that will endlessly poke holes in your riding if you let it.  Good news is, it’s simple to fix.  It closely ties with challenging yourself, but is its own category because it requires you to be creatively disciplined.  The ideal rider in most action sports has a collection of tricks, but endless creativity.

You don’t always need to hop on the wave and bang out tricks while staying in one spot.  Sometimes your biggest breakthroughs come from simply maneuvering the wave.  If you watch the pros, they have an elegant way of navigating the wave in between – and while – throwing their tricks.  It appears as if they are writing in cursive with their boards across the wave.

Tricks are important, but style is king.

So try different maneuvers on the wave.  Drop in differently.  Spend time riding switch – we have really found that riding switch for a dedicated 10 minutes each session radically helps with smoothness and versatility on the wave.

Best thing to remember, play just outside of your comfort zone because that is where progression is born.

Watch the pros.  Copy them.  Challenge yourself.  Grow your flow.

#AllSmiles

Boomer Mueller

Flowciety

 

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