San Clemente, California--April 28, 2006- Flow, the originator of the reclining hi-back binding, announced today that Clair Bidez has been signed to the Flow International Pro Team. Clair is a native of Minturn, Colorado and where she has been riding Copper Mountain and Vail for 10 years. A year after she began snowboarding, Clair began her competitive career at the age of 10 with her first contest, USASA Nationals. Her brother Dylan, four years her junior, was her inspiration to start riding.
“My brother Dylan got me into snowboarding. Not only did he introduce me to competing and convince me to give up skiing forever, but also he rode with me every weekend since I started to learn. We still ride together every day. She said.
She has come a long way since those first days at Copper and Vail. At the mere age of 18, Clair has quite a few titles under her belt.
2006 Junior World Halfpipe Champion
2006 X-Games Superpipe 4th place
2006 US Open Superpipe finalist, 8th place
2006 TWS Team Challenge Champion-Best Team
2005 USASA Halfpipe 1st place
2005 World Juniors 2nd place
2004 Junior Olympics/Western Regional Halfpipe 1st place
2004 US Open Halfpipe 5th place
Andrew Mutty, Flow Team Manager, is happy to have another great rider on the team. “Clair is such a great rider, with huge potential. She has been doing great in her competitions so far, and with the influence of riding with the other members of the team like Antti Autti, Risto Mattila, and Scotty Lago, she’s going to go much further. He said.
Clair, who is also sponsored by Helly Hansen, Powerbar, Rip IT Beverages, Copper Mountain, and Bolle, has not had a major equipment sponsor thus far in her career. Her current set-up consists of the Good Wood Award winning board, the Myriad 145, the NXT FS-L binding, and the Zone LS boots. When asked how she feels about joining the Flow Team, she expressed excitement about the company as well as her fellow teammates. “Flow is unique in the way that it goes beyond a team and a company and turns into more of a family. I’ve been riding with the team for a couple months now, and I’m still amazed at the level of riding and progression of the group. I’m so excited to be a part of it! She said.
Flow is the originator of the reclining hi-back binding. Since it’s beginnings in 1995, Flow has been the leader in sales of this technology. What sets the Flow reclining hi-back binding apart from others is Flow’s Patented Power Triangle which is formed by a cable that attaches the hi-back to the base plate and provides maximum energy transfer from rider to board. In addition to the Power Triangle, Flow bindings use a patented one-piece Power Strap for equal load distribution over the boot to minimize painful pressure points.Today Flow is known for its ease of use, comfort, and advanced control gained when using their products. Most recently, Flow introduced “Triple Threat Technology, a system of boots, boards, and bindings designed to heighten ease of use and control when used together. The success of Triple Threat was evidenced this year by the excellence of the Flow Pro Team riders, Antti Autti, Risto Mattila, and Scotty Lago