The FlowPoint Professor is back! Matteo is on his way back home to Italy, but just before he left, I got to sit down and speak with him about Flow, what it is, what we know, and some things we can do to try to increase our odds of finding the FlowPoint.
In this episode we discuss the concept of “Flow”:
-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – father of Flow
-9 dimensions of Flow:
-How can we increases chances of finding Flow?
-Do you really need Flow to perform?
Additionally, here’s a Ted Talks with on the topic of Flow: Ted Talks on Flow
By Ellie Rae Horton
“Always walk like you're on a mission.” A small piece of advice from father to son has become the mantra of one man’s every endeavor in life. Those endeavors formed the backbone of our sport as we know it today and established his role as a forefather of today’s unprecedented, technologically advanced skiing. Untouchable achievements have been breached because of this man’s expertise and wisdom. Eddie Roberts is a living legend. And while many know him as the kind-hearted, die-hard skier who can often be found behind the wheel, easing new skiers out of the water or whooping someone's butt in ping pong, behind it all, he is truly one of the most pivotal pieces to water skiing.
An introduction through a mutual water-ski friend - who happened to live two doors down from the O’Brien family on Lake Sammamish - kindled a many-years-long association between Roberts and Herb O’Brien. Roberts was immediately thrust into the industry after he, “watched O’Brien ski behind their Century Arabian inboard and was very impressed to say the least.” The rest is history…a lot of history. That friendship evolved beyond lake-day parties into a right-hand-man partnership at HO Skis.
“He was the muscle and brains behind the operation,” Chet Raley, renowned water ski coach and skier, relays of Robert’s position in the early-days at HO. But it wasn’t just the operation of building skis. Roberts was right in the fire of the birth of each water apparatus - wake boards and all. His hands craved to create: handles, ropes, vest, gloves, water toys, shaped skis, entry level skis, kids products and kneeboards. His total product count is bottomless compared to any other engineer in the game today, praises Chris Sullivan, MasterCraft Business Development Manager, NW North America.
Roberts has ushered in the sphere of ski design. But, surprisingly, his grandeur hasn’t come from a vast secret he’s kept in his pocket. To this day, Robert’s simple code is to be stern and strict with the process. “It’s the reason why any ski design, company or model he has ever been involved in has been so consistent,” Sullivan conveys. “He’s always used what he had to the best of his ability.”
His knack for product engineering helped cultivate one of the most coveted ski brands on the market today. “Roberts is the heartbeat of Radar Skis,” Chris Rossi elite slalomer and Radar team skier raves. Hardly a single product is put through production without Robert’s fingers touching it, and his years of invaluable partnership with O’Brien are apparent in every finished Radar device. Even when there is a problem in the lab, “he always seems to have a solution and keeps things running smoothly,” Brooks Wilson, Radar Global Brand Manager, explains. “He’s invaluable.”
Not only is Roberts a viable element to Radar skis, he is one of the greatest intermediary agents to the past - especially with the passing of O’Brien. “Roberts is the link to our roots,” Trent Finlayson elite slalomer and Radar team skier said. However, Robert’s is more than merely the wizard designer hacking away in the lab and keeping the past alive with his wealth of knowledge. He’s the glue that keeps the family together.
“Roberts has taken me under his wing from the beginning,” Rossi said. His intelligence might be great, but his heart is greater, which is why it is not uncommon to find him wrapped up in countless elite skier’s accomplishments. “Roberts has been and continues to be one of the most crucial components to all of my skiing,” Rossi said. He has built or overseen every ski I’ve ridden since 2004. I would be lost without him.” Even when he has a construction for one of the highest performing skis teetering in his hands, Roberts is never too busy to lend a hand, provide excellent customer service or go the extra mile for others. “He has helped a legion of skiers with everything from fin placement to personal advice,” Eddie Roberts III, Eddie’s son, remarks.
He is the reason the elites of our sport exist and the boundaries have been shattered. “In our sport, if it wasn’t for legendary people like Roberts the others would never exist,” Raley said. “He is a behind-the-scenes legend. He may not be the actual skier, but he is the legs and arms behind the skier at all points at all times.” His expertise in the industry and even more importantly his affable spirit have been indispensable.
Roberts isn’t just consistent as a designer. “He’s always 100% committed to do anything for water skiing,” Sullivan said. He has and still gives everything back to the sport and industry that it gave him.
Offering support even on the advertising side of the sport has not escaped Robert’s repertoire. He’s been an exceptional voice over talent for HO ski ads and is no stranger to assisting with video edits. He is truly a magnet for everything skiing. Robert’s handiwork can be found in all aspects of our sport.
“The industry overall would be a very different landscape without what he’s delivered and will continue to do,” Sullivan admires. “I don’t see him slowing down any time soon.”
If you tried to dream up the wildest craziest thing a human could ever do on skis, JT Holmes has probably already done it.
In this Part 1 of a two part series, we take you through the years of JT’s life starting at a 14 yr old snot-nosed kid with a mouth full of braces, and finishing with a 29 yr old pushing the limits of what was considered humanly possible.
Through the sport of water skiing, JT and I have become friends. He grew up water skiing at High Sierra Water Ski School and has always made time in his off season to spend mornings on the water. JT and Shane McConkey made an impression on my own life over the past decade, long before I ever knew JT. Getting to tell a bit of JT’s story in a FlowPointTV episode, as well as share his passion for water skiing and lake life, was a rad opportunity.
I hope Part 1 of The Ultimate Skier helps a couple of you find a bit more stoke in your life, no matter where you are or what you are doing…
Watch Manon Costard rip it on her all new rip stick, the 2017 Vapor Pro Build. We're stoked to have you on the team Manon!
Swiss Waterski Resort is proud to announce the 3rd edition of the Swiss Pro Slalom featuring the best slalom skiers from around the World battling out a $13'000 Cash Prize in a 2-round & Finals competition.
The Swiss Pro Slalom has become a classic event offering world record conditions pushing the skiers to the limit of their art of slalom skiing.
Reigning Champions Nate Smith and Regina Jaquess both from the USA will face fierce competition showcasing the best slalom skiing and drama to crown the next Swiss Pro Slalom Champions in Open Men & Women.
First round 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Second round 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Finals 6:00 pm to 7 :30 pm
Prize Ceremony 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
live webcast on www.swissproslalom.com
About Swiss Waterski Resort
Water skiers from around the world come to Swiss Waterski Resort for its perfect ski lakes, beautiful surrounding scenery, and dedicated instructors led by head coach Clint Stadlbaur. Located outside Orlando in Clermont, Florida, Swiss Waterski Resort was established in 1979 and has provided the ultimate ski experience for decades. The staff ensures that all guests have a memorable stay by holding to the highest standards of Swiss service. At Swiss Waterski Resort, you will discover the perfect combination of rigorous training and resort vacation. Features include a fleet of new Nautique boats, stylish Mediterranean villas, pools, heated spas, and a pristine golf course. Ready for paradise? Book your next water ski escape at Swiss !
Marcus Brown, former US Open Pro Slalom Champion and more recently known for his Flowpoint films as the Freeride Movement frontman, has signed on to become a Syndicate Team Coach. Marcus will tutor HO Syndicate Team skiers personally and digitally to unleash his vast array of ski techniques to help skiers hone their craft in pursuit of broken PBs.
"When HO approached me about coming on as a Team Coach, I jumped at the opportunity. Having a chance to work on and off the water with some of the best athletes in the world was something that I couldn’t pass up. To be able to provide a service for Team HO that no other team in the industry is offering, is not only good for HO and our Athletes, but I think its also good for the sport. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this groundbreaking approach", said Brown.
What’s Marcus been up to lately? Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ve surely come across his Flowpoint projects that include adventure films and his new podcast that sheds light on the most interesting characters in waterskiing both young and, elite and weekend warrior, well known and “I didn’t know they’re a skier!” celebs. Here’s a short list of some of his latest and greatest works:
Flowpoint TV – Day by Day – A Hawaiian Adventure: https://vimeo.com/200380877
Flowpoint TV – Tribe of the Future (US Nationals): https://vimeo.com/181740355
Flowpoint TV – Paradise Lost (Worlds): https://vimeo.com/169738791
Flowpoint TV – School for Life (Collegiate): https://vimeo.com/145817462
Here’s how Will suggests heat molding your liner for the best fit:
1. Set Oven on Convectoin Mode at roughly 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Make a tinfoil wrap so the liner isnt touching the oven grates and place liner in once oven is preheated
3. Cook liner for ~10-12 minutes
4. Apply a thin dress sock to your foot to protect against heat while not adding much volume
5. Remove from oven, quickly apply to foot and strap velcro top strap snugly.
6. Put linered foot into shell, being mindful not to catch the inner-ears of the shell with your heel.
7. Stand up to assure snug fit. Assure that there are no creases in the top of the liner. Latch middle buckle first (tight setting), followed by the buckle nearest to toe and lastly top buckle. Make sure it is on a very tight setting (on buckle ladder) to reduce volume of liner in future use. This should feel tighter than you would use while skiing.
8. Wear on foot for 10-12 minutes until liner cools. Remove and you’re done. Go ski!
We couldn’t be more thrilled to add Manon Costard to our crew, she adds a fun, fresh, positive outlook on skiing and is more than a force to be reckoned with on the pro circuit. Manon easily found her home on top of a Pro Build Vapor this spring and instantly we knew it would be a perfect addition to our team. Hailing from France, Manon has attacked the women’s pro scene in the last few years. Capturing victories at the San Gervasio Pro Am last season and starting the 2017 season with a win at the Latrobe City International tournament are just the latest wins in a career of tournament success. As remarkable as Manon is at showing up to win on finals day she has also made a name for herself through her coaching and vibrant personality. Join us as we welcome Manon to our team!