Got to sit down with the legendary Wade Cox recently, during a film shoot, and I ended up simply leaving the camera running after getting the real work done. This was the result….

Coxy reminisces about some of his personal performances and experiences during the Glory years of Pro Skiing. If you happen to be at the US Masters this weekend in Callaway Gardens, Wade will be there…so track him down and shake his hand…and you’ll probably hear a story or two while you’re at it.

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:

  • Challenge-skills balance
  • Action-awareness merging
  • Clear Goals
  • Unambiguous Feedback
  • Concentration on the task at hand
  • Sense of control
  • Loss of self-consciousness
  • Transformation of time
  • Autotelic experience

-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

 

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…

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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!

Tyler Yager is a Pro Skier, with a PB into 41 off….he’s also a great friend of mine, someone I’ve skied with and coached through the years, and he joined me here at The Ridge for a quick sit down…something I’ll probably start calling FlowPoint Hangouts.

Enjoy it and let us know what and who you want to hear from next.

 

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!

 

 

Karina Nowlan was, and still probably is, one of the best female water skiers that ever lived. But over the past few years, her life (and career) have taken a bit of an unsuspecting turn.

I had the chance to catch up with Karina and see what she’s been up to, and maybe find out a bit of what she’s got planned for the future. In this episode we talked about the following:Won

Won her first pro event in 2008

2009 MC Pro Tour Champion
Co-World Record Holder
2 US Masters
2 Bronze medals at World Championships
Junior World championship tournament record holder…and Jump Champion

-lake life…what are the most memorable moments in your life or career?
-Why did you ski?
-Why do you ski now?
-top 2 coaching tips for skiers trying to progress
-CrossFit: How you got introduced to it, and how its changed your life?
-What are you doing now?: — startup company…out of vancouver. #BeautifulTough
-Moomba?…why did you ski? what did it feel like skiing with your sister?
-Future: will you get back into skiing?
-How has your mindset evolved or changed over the past few years?

Thanks for tuning in, and make sure to SUBSCRIBE to the FlowPoint PODCAST on iTunes and check out past episodes  as well as FlowPoint TV Episodes, on our YouTUBE Channel, if you haven’t already!

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Coming at you from a different angle this week, with 3 folks that are well versed in the ways of fitness, specifically CrossFit.

Brooke Ence is a CrossFit Games competitor, and she’s twice as strong as you’ll ever be.  Her husband, Marston, works for CrossFit Media, was an Olympic hopeful, and is the most funny least assuming person you’ll ever meet.  Tommy Marquez is producer for CrossFit Media, a host on the CrossFit Games update shows and a wealth of knowledge and wisdom.

Getting to sit down with these 3 for 30 min was a treat.  Some of the topics we discussed are below:

-Lake Life
-Lake Powell
-Brooke Ence – CrossFit Games, Wonder Woman, Good Morning America
-Bad Moustaches
-Water Skiing and CrossFit
-Olympic Luge
-CrossFit Games
-Overcoming Challenges
-Common threads between CrossFit and Lake Life
 
 Please take a second to subscribe to the FlowPoint Podcast on iTunes if you haven’t already.  To find out more about these guys and CrossFit, or to keep track of them moving forward, here are some links:
 

Italian Pro Skier and Sports Psychology PhD Student Matteo Luzzeri is my guest this week, and we get to talk about some pretty sweet stuff. Mainly, stuff that not only applies to sports (water skiing and others) but also to life.

We get to talk about youth and teen skiing (and sports in general) and maybe some of the things you can do as a child (and parent) to stay stoked on life and keep from getting burned out. We want people to stay in water sports for life, so we cover some things that might help kids and parents keep things from getting too serious, too early on.

Matteo is smart, much smarter than I am…but he has a great ability to keep complex concepts simple, so everyone can understand.

So, he may end up being our “FlowPoint Professor” and we might have him on here every couple months.

Please reach out at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know what you think of this one and what you’d like to hear & see in the future! Thanks for subscribing!

 

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In this episode I got to sit down with HO Skis Vice President Dave Wingerter, 5-Time World Champion and ski designer Bob LaPoint & Head Design Engineer Jeff Shaw. Got to talk about some very water ski specific concepts and processes....so if you start feeling tired, please pull over and change the station. Thanks