What had previously been a somewhat unknown proteam, has gone from unknown to renowned in two short seasons. The Flow Team consisting of Antti Autti, Risto Matilla, Scotty Lago, Miikka Hast, Halvor Lunn, Tuomo Ojala, Ryan Paris, Chris Taylor, and Emily Akerblom has made major strides in the past two years, toward international recognition. From the looks of things, they’re becoming a force to be reckoned with. It started last year with Antti Autti winning five FIS world cup halfpipe events, then Risto Matilla won the World Cup halfpipe overall and took third in the Arctic Challenge halfpipe, and Scotty Lago gained the title of World Quarterpipe Champion. These wins were not enough to put the guys on the map. That came this season, when Antti stepped up to the start of the halfpipe at the X-Games and threw down two consecutive 1080′s, beating legendary greats like Shaun White, Danny Kass, and Andy Finch, to become the X Games Halfpipe Champion. Not only did Antti win the event, he set a new standard for halfpipe competitors- the 1080. Now, to be in the top 3 in halfpipe events, 1080′s are not only a suggestion, they’re a requirement. Just prior to his win at the X-Games Antti swept the World championships by winning double gold in The Halfpipe and Big Air.
Risto Mattila followed Antti’s X Games victory with a victory of his own, this time at the US Open slopestyle at Stratton, VT. Risto’s winning run included a switch backside 7, Cab 9, frontside 9, Cab 5 and a frontside boardslide on the flat ledge. Not only did he win the Slopestyle event, he also won the Volvo Best Performance Award that is awarded to the athlete who performs best overall, the winnings being a brand new Volvo V50 Sports Wagon. Scotty Lago also made an appearance at the US Open Halfpipe. Although he didn’t make the finals, his name and face made the news where he was dubbed the “Super Poacher. Scotty poached runs that were rumored to be “better than the competitors. Scotty also backed this up with a 4th place in the Slopestyle event.
Other Antti and Risto results include:
The Arctic Challenge: Big Air: Antti Autti 1st, Risto Mattila 3rd
FIS Pre-Olympics: 1st Halfpipe: Antti Autti 1st Risto Mattila 2nd
2nd Halfpipe: Risto Matilla 1st Antti Autti 2nd
Nippon Open: Halfpipe: Antti Autti 2nd Risto Mattila 3rd
Team Flow reared its head at the legendary contest, The Battle. Flow riders Miikka Hast and Tuomo Ojala along with Markku Koski made up the Finnish team and held off the home country of Sweden to win the contest. The Battle, of which Flow was a major sponsor, is considered one of the biggest and most progressive events in the world of snowboarding.
With the Team’s winning streak, the individual members of the team are starting make names for themselves. At this time last year, the name Antti Autti would bring a faint hint of recognition to the snowboarder’s mind, today Antti receives his share of accolades across the board from TransWorld subscribers to weekend warriors. As a result of the season, the Flow brand was also catapulted into the limelight, what was once thought to be only a convenience product gained major validity as a product that was not only convenient, but offered top level performance as well. Keep watching the news for updates on the team, we have a feeling this is just the start of things to come!
Flow has been producing innovative snowboard products since 1995. As the originator of the reclining high-back binding, Flow introduced to the world a new wave of binding technology. Viewed as revolutionary, competitors have tried to imitate the reclining high-back, although none have seen the same success. Over the past nine years, Flow has become known for ease of use, comfort, and advanced control gained when using their bindings. Most recently, Flow has introduced “Triple Threat Technology, a system of boots, boards, and bindings designed to heighten performance and control when used together. The obvious success off Triple Threat is evidenced by the continued excellence of the team.