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The Snowboard Szine Vol. 1, Issue 21



In This Issue

1. Flow recalls 2004 MK Series Snowboard Bindings

2. Snowboard Diary from Lauren - Flows, Mont Tremblant, Halfpipe,

3. 17 people have DIED snowboarding this season

4. Thinking of starting an internet business?

* Free Projectour Videos (Youíll have to read thru the Szine to find out how to get one)


1. Flow recalls 2004 MK Series Snowboard Bindings

(Despite the recall on this model, I am a HUGE FAN of Flow bindings. I own 2 pair, and won't ride any other kind, when I have the choice. Read "Snowboard Diary" below to hear why I feel this way. Lauren)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Flow International announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

2004 Flow MK Series Snowboard Bindings Units: About 6,000 Importer: Flow International Inc., of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: The pin used to secure the rear lock lever to the bindings can bend or break.

Incidents/Injuries: Flow International has received 40 reports of the pins bending or breaking. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall includes 2004 Flow MK series snowboard bindings with model numbers MK03, MK04, MK05 and MK110. The bindings affected by this recall can be identified by the shape of the rear lock lever and the cable adjustment wheel on the side of the baseplate. No other bindings are included in this recall. See if your bindings look like the picture of recalled ones here:

Sold at: Snowboard shops nationwide including Gart Sports/TSA and REI from July 2004 through December 2004 for between $150 and $170

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the binds and return them to a Flow dealer to receive a free replacement axle pin used to secure the rear snap lock lever. Consumers also can contact Flow International to have a repair kit with instructions sent by mail.

Consumer Contact: Consumers should contact a Flow Dealer for repair and information. For additional information, call Flow International at (800) 691-7611 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at


2. Snowboard Diary from Lauren - Flows, Mont Tremblant, Halfpipe,

If you read my comment above, you know I'm a big fan of Flow Bindings. I'm on new Flow bindings this season. My second pair. I've ridden Flows since my 2nd season when I rented a pair and then bought them. Flows are a "hybrid binding" and the point is they perform as well as your strap binding, but are way easier to use. I think they are even better than those click-ins you might have rented. And WAY quicker to close up than strap bindings you are probably riding now.

In my opinion, Flow bindings make strap bindings look prehistoric - like dinosaurs. I don't think I'll ever go back to straps. I don't need to sit on the snow and crank. I'm well down the hill by the time my lift-mates start down. (But they usually pass me anyway!) I can slip my foot into the binding while I'm on the lift for a stable exit off the lift, and often click in while coasting off the lift. More ridin', less sittin'.

These are especially great for "adults." In short, they're terrific. (Btw I am not connected with the company in any way. Just a fan of the next way to go.)

I'm on a beautiful new Never Summer Infinity 147 board this season. The edges are so sharp I can feel the difference when I carry it. Let's see what riding a higher end longer board will do for me this season.

I'm just back from a trip to beautiful Mont Tremblant (pronounced locally "Tram-blaaaaahnt) in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, Canada. We were lucky to have great snow and we experienced every weather condition known to man. Fresh powdery snow, hail, rain, thick cloud fog, and one day a bright blue sunny sky. That was the only day it was icy. The mountain was constantly being groomed, and with 94 trails over 600 acres there are enough trails so you don't really miss the ones that are closed.

Mont Tremblant is an Intrawest Mountain, like a Whistler of the East. With a lovely village of shops and restaurants right at the bottom. Tres charmant. The mountain has a great set-up with one main lodge at the top, so you can meet up with your friends, then split up and all go down different sides of the mountain. The North Side and the Edge have old style twisty trails with beautiful trees, and are somewhat sheltered from the wind.

The Nintendo Terrain Park had a good selection of fun boxes. I rode a 14 foot long box with a 2 or 3 foot jump down at the end and landed clean. What a thrill! It had a snow ride-up so I didn't have to ollie up. I haven't ollied up onto anything yet, so that was a relief. I almost rode 2 picnic tables placed end to end, but chickened out. The tables were metal, and just seemed like they'd way hurt if I fell.

The halfpipe wasn't ready yet. In fact I haven't seen one halfpipe open yet this winter in the East and I've ridden at 5 mountains so far since November. Tough season here for snow. I know the mountains are scrambling to get their pipes ready for the competitions coming up. Check the Snowboard Events Calendar at to see what's happening.

Have you ridden a good halfpipe this season?

Please write and tell us where.


3. Did you know that at least 17 people have DIED snowboarding this season?

It skeeves and grieves me to hear this. Eight deaths were from avalanches, and 9 were from hitting trees. The tree deaths all seem to happen during the Holiday vacation. You can read the sad headlines yourself here -

I suspect that the tree accidents happen partly because riders haven't learned the basic skills of turning and stopping and controlling speed well enough before they ride in the glades. Tree riding is for experienced riders. Peer pressure, overconfidence and bad judgment probably all play a part and it can be a deadly mix.

Regarding the avalanches, I asked Jeremy Jones, Big Mountain rider for Rossignol, if anything can be done to prevent this kind of deadly accident. Jeremy rides jaw dropping cliffs, and does it only well prepared and when the conditions are suitable, testing the snow and choosing his line carefully.

Jeremy said

"Most of the recent deaths could have been avoided by following the simplest back country rules:

DO NOT go into the back country without an avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe and knowledge to use them. Your basic avalanche handbook will do to get you started. If you do not know what you are doing, stay on old tracks. Also 90 percent of Avalanches happen during or within 24 hours of a storm."

This is good advice to heed from a guy who rides back country for a living (what a job, eh?)

By the way, if you'd like to see Jeremy Jones in action on those cliffs, and the Rossignol team, I've got some free copies of the "Projectour" video to share. This is one of the best videos I've seen this season. Send me an email with your name and regular mail address and I'll get it out to you.

See pix of the Rossignol team partying in NY here


4. Thinking of starting an internet business like

Want to pursue your passion and make money at the same time?

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(I'm not there yet. My goal is just to have fun snowboarding and with my websites, and get paid for it. Pat McCarthy, founder of also learned well from Corey.)

So if you are thinking about starting an Internet business this year, I highly recommend you check out his #1 best-selling Internet marketing course. Itís the very same one I took.

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Thanks for reading The Snowboard Szine!


Editor -


"Let's Ride!"






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