Ah yes, “raw” snowboarding is back with the latest installment of Rawlias. Watch Pierric Vaillancourt, Sebastien Picard, Charles Montreuil, Maxime Desroche, Jérémie Brunet, Steph Fortier, Alexis Mailhot and Phil Fournier take park laps at Empire.
Dave Lee and the Signal Snowboards crew had tried to heat the base of a snowboard a few years back with no success and evidently that defeat has really been stuck in the mind of the company’s founder. Why would you want to heat the base of a snowboard? Believe it or not, when you ride your snowboard you’re actually cruising around on a very small layer of water, aka melted snow. So it stands to reason that if you heated the base of your snowboard, you could in fact go faster. That idea has been plaguing the Every Third Thursday crew for a few years and the thought of actually making it happen finally came to head when the guys found a new heating element that would make all of their hot-based dreams come true. Watch the build and then watch Alex Cato and Dave Lee take actual hot laps around I Ride Park City.
Tor Lundstrom made the long journey from across the pond to put down some hot laps with Ben Bilodeau, Aaron Biittner, Brendan Gerard, Harrison Gordon, Broc Waring, Jack Dawe, Mark Edlund, Griffin Siebert and Sage Kotsenburg at Park City’s most attractive attraction. Everything gets a little something in this IRPC 6 edit… big ups to Pat Fenelon for getting the shots.
I Ride Park City looks incredible under a bluebird sky, especially when you’re following Deadlung, Scotty Arnold, and Aaron Biittner as they travel through the many different parts of the mountain.
Bug Stroope and his crew over at FamilyShred.com do a lot for the snowboarding community and for the future of snowboarding as a whole. They’ve invested their lives into the idea that snowboarding can provide families with a foundation to which they themselves can grow on, together. Along with that investment comes a major focus on grooming young riders to enjoy the snowboarding lifestyle at an early age.
They’re addressing the ever so nagging regret that most late bloomers have, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve personally said “I wish I started that young”. These groms of course need something to ride and the good folks at FamilyShred.com have put together a nice “top 5″ for the 2014 grom snowboard selection. Also, if you guys buy through one of these links you will be supporting FamilyShred.com which is always a good thing! Enjoy the review!
The Best Boards for Groms
t’s that time of the year when your local and online shops start dropping prices on all their gear. We thought we would put a small list together of the top snowboards in our opinion for your grom. In the list we also included the best pricing for each that we have found online. You can also use our PRODUCT FINDER to do a search of your own. All of these boards are in the 80cm to 140cm range (sizes differ with companies as far as their youth/grom to junior range, we will also do a top five junior boards list). All of the boards are also going to be fairly soft in flex. We will include the shape of the board, what sizes it comes in, and lowest cost. Feel free to email us directly with any specific questions on the snowboards listed. These are our top 5 picks listed in no particular order.
Burton Chopper Star Wars
The Burton Chopper Star Wars boards are not only super cool with their graphic, but also will be a great board for your child to learn and progress on. You can get the Chopper without the Star Wars graphic and save yourself about $20. I think the extra money is worth having a Storm Trooper on snowboard though! This board is Burton’s Flat Top shape which means it has a flat profile between the feet and the tip and tail are rockered up to for a catch free feel. The flat base helps your grom stay very stable. This board comes in 80cm, 100cm, 110cm, 120cm, 125cm, and 130cm. The best price found was $139.83 here.
Flow Micron Mini
The Flow Micron Mini is an ideal snowboard for your little on that is ready to take it to the next level with ease. Flow incorporated their EZ-Rock Rocker shape which is a slight rocker shape between the feet and a hint of camber under the bindings. It then has a few centimeters of flat before the tip and tail go up. What does this all mean? It mean the the center of the board will help pivot into turns and when the edge is initiated the camber will help your child go right into their turn with control. The graphics are super fun and one of my son’s favorite. This board comes in 90cm, 100cm, 110cm, and 120cm in size. The best price we found was $119.90 here.
Rossignol Scan Amptek
The Rossignol Scan Amptek is also a snowboard that will help your child learn to turn and then help them achieve more aggressive turns down the mountain. This board has Rossignol’s Amptek Auto Turn technology. This is 20% camber between the feet to 80% rocker going throughout the tip and tail. The camber will help your grom from slipping out too easy and will also help them initiate turns. Combine the cambered initiation into the rocker when turning does exactly what the technology is called, auto turn. It makes it very easy for kids to link and get better at turning. With robots and dinosaurs on the graphic, you’re little one will dig it. The Scan comes in 100cm, 110cm, 120cm and 130cm sizes. The best price we found was $135.96 here.
Lib Tech Lib Ripper
The Lib Tech Lib Ripper is probably the board that emulates and adult snowboard out of all the are on our list. Due to that, the Lib Ripper is a little stiffer than the other decks listed. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when your child gets out of that beginner level and no longer needs a noodle. This board has Lib Tech’s BTX: Banana Technology. That means it has rocker between the feet, very mild flat to camber to the contact points, but mainly a tip to tail rocker shape. To help with grip and edge hold Lib Tech adds in the MTX: Magne-Traction. This is seven “bumps” or points of contact on the edge. This board is exceptional in the park and will help advance your kid. With cartoon graphics that are almost a work of art themselves, this board really stands out. The sizes available are 100cm, 110cm, 120cm, 130cm, and 140cm. The best price we found available was $207.97 here.
K2 Mini Turbo
The K2 Mini Turbo is an awesome snowboard to be your child’s first ride to own. K2 uses their Catch Free Baseline technology which basically brings the contact points out of the snow and allows the rider to learn to slide down the hill without catching an edge easily. This creates a very smooth ride combined with the flat base it has throughout the rest of the board. They also incorporate Noodle flex which tailors the flex to the size of the board and is not just one flex with all the Mini Turbo sizes like some other companies do. This is an excellent board for the beginners to intermediates. With bright colors and a Q-Bert looking graphic, your shredder will be into it. The sizes available are 90cm, 110cm, 120cm, and 130cm. The best price we found was $143.96 here.
We will also be publishing lists for Junior and Girl specific snowboards soon!
Daniel D. and the TFA crew are back it with a killer edit coming to you straight out of Mayrhofen! Watch Flo C, Ethan Morgan, and the rest of the TFA crew hit boaters, boxes and rails all the while being filmed from the eye in the sky.
You guys are all surely familiar with the Ninja Squad by now so it’s no surprise to catch these guys in action at their home park in the latest Ninja Weekend episode. What is a surprise however, is the fact that they’ve teamed up with the Jupiter People crew coming to you all the way from the United States’ very own Bear Mountain, California! It seems as though that Risto and the boys have been experiencing the worst winter they’ve seen in ages which puts a serious damper on their filming abilities. So to keep us all happy, they’ve been teaming up with crews from around the world to makes sure we all get that shreddy footage we so desire. Pretty rad stuff!
The Shredbots aka Mark McMorris, Stale Sandbech, Torgeir Bergrem and Ulrik Badertscher take some corked laps around the always incredible Keystone Area 51 Terrain Park.
Everybody in the LTC crew deserves a little credit for Sage Kotsenburg snagging the gold at the Sochi Olympic Games in Russia. Ok, maybe that’s a little much but the LTC crew definitely deserves to rock all the insanely ugly Olympic outerwear that was bestowed upon Sage by all the corporate assholes that get involved with the Winter Olympics.
Usual Suspects Volume 3 is the latest from Dillan Hodak and his East Coast crew. As it’s been described, Dillan, along with Jason Anderson, Cooper Thomas, Kevin Kobasa and Trevor Eichelberger, are all just hanging out, “doing a little light cardio”. 1 and 2 and 1 and 2.
You already know the where, Park City, UT. But about the who? How about Alex Sherman, Cody Rosenthal, Griffin Siebert, Christian Connors, Chris Grenier, Jack Dawe, Merrick Joyce, and Ozzy Henning! Enjoy the 5th installment of “I Ride Park City”.
Tattoos, beers, Bear Mountain and of course who could forget Santa’s Workshop! The Los Angeles River series has been back for about a month now and Denis Bonus Leontyev, Lucas Magoon, Justin Mulford, and Anthony Mazzotti set things off right in episode one!
The Bald E-Gal crew spent a few Sunday’s filming at Powder Ridge and captured Shane Ruprecht, Joey Peterson, Josh Johnson, Brent Mohs, Ezra Jacobson and Michael Phillips getting trick nasty in the park. Basically it’s six minutes of that Midwest flavor melting your mind, enjoy!
When you think of materials that go into making a great snowboard, corrugated paper probably isn’t at the top of the list, in fact, I doubt that corrugated paper is even on that list. So it makes perfect sense that the crew from Signal Snowboards would try to manufacture a real snowboard, one that’s meant to be ridden by a real person, completely out of recycled paper. Dave Lee dipped out of California and brought his wonderful works of paper all the way to our very own Copper Mountain to be tested by Signal team shred, Melissa Riitano and Woodward’s Morrison Hsieh. Surprisingly enough, these guys got in a few buttery runs and even had time to hit the park on a couple of crazy snowboards made entirely from recycled corrugated paper.