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Powder turn.jpg
A snowboarder making a turn in fresh snow.
First played 1960s, United States
Characteristics
Categorization Outdoor
Equipment Snowboard deck, bindings, boots
Olympic 1998

Snowboarding is a sport that involves descending a slope that is covered with snow on a snowboardattached to a rider's feet using a special boot set onto mounted binding. The development of snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding, sledding, surfingand skiing. It was developed in the U.S.A.in the 1960s and the 1970s and became a Winter Olympic Sportin 1998.

History
Proposed state quarter design commemorating the first snowboard being invented in Utah (though not the onethat was eventually minted)
Snowboarder riding off cornice
Snowboarding contributes greatly to the economies of ski resorts

Modern snowboarding began in 1965 when Sherman Poppen, an engineer in Muskegon, Michigan, invented a toy for his daughter by fastening two skis together and attaching a rope to one end so she would have some control as she stood on the board and glided downhill. Dubbed the “snurfer” (combining snow and surfer), the toy proved so popular among his daughter’s friends that Poppen licensed the idea to a manufacturer that sold about a million snurfers over the next decade. And, in 1966 alone over half a million snurfers were sold.[1]

In the early 1970s, Poppen organized snurfing competitions at a Michigan ski resort that attracted enthusiasts from all over the country. One of those early pioneers was Tom Sims, a devotee of skateboarding(a sport born in the 1950s when kids attached roller skate wheels to small boards that they steered by shifting their weight). As an eighth grader in Haddonfield, New Jersey, in the 1960s, Sims crafted a snowboard in his school shop class by gluing carpet to the top of a piece of wood and attaching aluminum sheeting to the bottom. He produced commercial snowboards in the mid 70's. During this same time, Dimitrije Milovich—an American surfing enthusiast who had also enjoyed sliding down snowy hills on cafeteria trays during his college years in upstate New York—constructed a snowboard called “Winterstick,” inspired by the design and feel of a surfboard. Articles about his invention in such mainstream magazines as Newsweekhelped publicize the young sport.

Also during this same period, in 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter, a Vermont native who had enjoyed snurfing since the age of 14, impressed the crowd at a Michigan snurfing competition with bindings he had designed to secure his feet to the board. That same year, he founded Burton Snowboards in Londonderry, Vermont. The “snowboards” were made of wooden planks that were flexible and had water ski foot traps. Very few people picked up snowboarding because the price of the board was considered too high at $38, but eventually Burton would become the biggest snowboarding company in the business.[2] In the spring of 1976 Welsh skateboarders Jon Roberts and Pete Matthews developed a Plywood deck with foot bindings for use on the Dry Ski Slope at the school camp, Ogmore-by-Sea, Wales. UK. Further development of the board was limited as Matthews suffered serious injury while boarding at Ogmore and access for the boarders was declined following the incident. The 'deck' was much shorter than current snow boards. Bevelled edges and a convex, polyurethane varnished bottom to the board, allowed quick downhill movement, but limited turning ability.

In 1979 the first ever World Snurfing Championship was held at Pando Winter Sports Parknear Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jake Burton Carpenter, came from Vermont to compete with a snowboard of his own design. There were many protests from the competitors about Jake entering with a non-snurfer board. Paul Graves, the top snurfer at the time, and others, advocated that Jake be allowed to race. A “modified” division was created and won by Jake as the sole entrant. That race was considered the first competition for snowboards and is the start of what has now become competitive snowboarding.[3][4]

During the 1970s and 1980s as snowboarding became more popular, pioneers such as Dimitrije Milovich, Jake Burton Carpenter(founder of Burton Snowboardsfrom Londonderry, Vermont), Tom Sims(founder of Sims Snowboards), Chuck Barfoot (founder of Barfoot Snowboards) and Mike Olson (founder of Gnu Snowboards) came up with new designs for boards and mechanisms that slowly developed into the snowboards and other related equipment that we know today.[5]

In 1982 the first National Snowboard race was held near Woodstock, Vermont, at Suicide Six.[6]

In 1983 the first World Championship halfpipecompetition was held at Soda Springs, California. Tom Sims, founder of Sims Snowboards, organized the event with the help of Mike Chantry, a snowboard instructor at Soda Springs.[7]

Snowboarding's growing popularity is reflected in its recognition as an official sport: in 1985, the first World Cup was held in Zürs, Austria. The International Snowboard Association (ISA) was founded in 1994 to provide universal contest regulations. In addition, the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) provides instructing guidelines and runs snowboard competitions in the U.S. Today, high-profile snowboarding events like the Olympic Games, Winter X-Games, US Open, and other events are broadcast worldwide. Many alpine resorts have terrain parks.

Initially, ski areas adopted the sport at a much slower pace than the winter sports public. Indeed, for many years, there was animosity between skiers and snowboarders, which led to an ongoing skier vs snowboarder feud.[8] Early snowboards were banned from the slopes by park officials. For several years snowboarders would have to take a small skills assessment prior to being allowed to ride the chairlifts. It was thought that an unskilled snowboarder would wipe the snow off of the mountain. In 1985, only seven percent of U.S. ski areas allowed snowboarding,[9] with a similar proportion in Europe. As equipment and skills improved, gradually snowboarding became more accepted. In 1990, most major ski areas had separate slopes for snowboarders. Now, approximately 97% of all ski areas in North America and Europe allow snowboarding, and more than half have jumps, rails and half pipes.

An excellent year for snowboarding was 2004 with 6.6 million participants.[10] An industry spokesman said that "twelve year-olds are out-riding adults." The same article said that most snowboarders are 18–24 years old and that females constitute 25% of participants. Now, entering the second decade of the 2000s, snowboarding continues to increase in popularity among all demographic regimes regardless of age, sex, or ability levels.

Styles

Since snowboarding's inception as an established winter sport, it has developed various styles, each with its own specialized equipment and technique. The most common styles today are: free-ride, freestyle, and free-carve/race. These styles are used for both recreational and professional snowboarding. While each style is unique, there is overlap between them. See also List of snowboard tricks.

Jibbing

Directly influenced by grinding a skateboard, jibbing is a freestyle snowboarding technique of riding on any surface other than snow. Most common surfaces include metal rails (known as rail riding), boxes, benches, concrete ledges, walls, rocks and logs. Typically jibbing occurs in a snowboard resort park but can also be done in urban environments (known as urban jib).

Free-ride snowboarders also commonly find incidental jibs, such as a downed tree, that prove suitable to ride over in the course of their line or run.

Free-riding

The free-ridestyle is the most common and easily accessible style of snowboarding. It consists of riding down any terrain available, but most often consists of groomed runs. Free-riding may include aerial tricks and jib (any type of fixture which can be ridden with the board that is not snow) tricks borrowed from freestyle, or deep carve turns more common in alpine snowboarding, utilizing whatever natural terrain the rider may encounter. Free-ride aptitude is the first step to accessing other, more difficult forms of snowboarding terrain; such as freestyle (tricks), alpine, back country, and gladed terrain. Free-riding, which is more popularly known as "all-mountain snowboarding" is achieved by establishing a mastery of style in many areas of the sports including the abilities to ride, carve, and perform jumps on virtually any terrain.[11]

Free-riding equipment is usually a stiffer boot with a directional snowboard: since the free-ride style may encounter many different types of snowconditions, such as ice and deep powder, a medium-stiffness setup is recommended to maintain stability in deeper snow or at higher speeds.

Freestyle snowboarding
Snowboarder in Tannheim, Austria

Freestyle

In freestyle, the rider uses man-made terrain features such as rails, jumps, boxes, and innumerable other innovative features to perform tricks on. The term "box" refers to an object with a slick top, usually of polyethylene(HDPE), that the rider can slide on with the base of their board. Like all freestyle features, boxes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and difficulty levels. The intent of freestyle is to use these terrain features to perform a number of aerial or jib tricks. The term "jib" refers to the rider doing a slide or press on an object not made of snow. This most commonly refers to tricks done on boxes, rails, or even trees.

The equipment used in freestyle is usually a soft boot with a twin tipped board for better balance while riding regular or switch, though free-ride equipment is often used successfully. The most common binding stance used in freestyle is called "duck foot", in which the trailing foot has a negative degree of arc setup while the leading foot is in the positive range i.e. +12°/-9°. Freestyle riders who specialize in jibbing often use boards that are shorter than usual, with softer flex and filed down edges. Shorter length enables the board to be rotated faster, and a softer flex requires less energy for a rider to press a feature. Reverse camber boards, or better known as rocker boards, are most often used as freestyle boards due to their softer flex and inverted 'camber' design.[12] Pressing refers to a type of jib where the rider leans heavily toward the nose or tail of their board- causing the opposite end of their board to lift off of the feature they are sliding on. This trick is typically done for added style. Freestyle also includes halfpipe tricks. A halfpipe (or "pipe") is a trench-like half-tube made of snow. Tricks performed may be rotations such as a 360° (a full turn) in the air, or an off-axis spin like a "McTwist". Tricks can be modified while hitting different features.

Free-carve

Similar to skiing, this race and slalomfocused style is still practiced, though infrequently. Sometimes called alpine snowboarding, or the 'euro-carve', free-carving takes place on hard packed snow or groomed runs and focuses on the ultimate carving turn, much like traditional skiing. Little or no jumping takes place in this discipline. Free-carve equipment is a ski-like hardshell boot and plate binding system with a true directional snowboard that is usually very stiff and narrow to facilitate fast and responsive turns. Shaped-skis can thank these "free-carve" snowboards for the cutting-edge technology leading to their creation.[13]

Safety and precautions

Like some other winter sports, snowboarding comes with a certain level of risk.[14]

The injury rate for snowboarding is around four to six per thousand persons per day, this is around double the injury rate for alpine skiing.[15] Injuries are more likely amongst beginners, especially those who do not take lessons with professional instructors. A quarter of all injuries occur to first-time riders and half of all injuries occur to those with less than a year of experience. Experienced riders are less likely to suffer injury, but the injuries that do occur tend to be more severe.[16]

Two thirds of injuries occur to the upper body and one third to the lower body. This contrasts with alpine skiing where two thirds of injuries are to the lower body. The most common point of injury is the wrists - 40% of all snowboard injuries are to the wrists and 24% of all snowboard injuries are wrist fractures.[16] This is around 100,000 wrist fractures worldwide among snowboarders each year.[17] For this reason the use of wrist guards, either separate or built into gloves, is very strongly recommended. They are often compulsory in beginner's classes and their use reduces the likelihood of wrist injury by half.[18] In addition it is important for snow boarders to learn how to fall without stopping the fall with their hand by trying to "push" the slope away, as landing a wrist which is bent at a 90 degree angle increase the chance of it breaking. Rather, landing with the arms scratched out (like a wing) and slapping the slope with the entire arm is an effective way to break a fall. Coincidentally this is the method used by Judo practitioners to break a fall when they are thrown against the floor, by a training partner.

The risk of head injury is two to six times greater for snowboarders than for skiers and injuries follow the pattern of being rarer, but more severe, with experienced riders. Head injuries can occur both as a consequence of a collision and when failing to carry out a heel-side turn. The latter can result in the rider landing on his or her back and slamming the back of his or her head onto the ground, resulting in an occipital head injury.[19] For this reason, helmets are widely recommended. Protective eye-wear is also recommended as eye injury can be caused by impact and Snow blindnesscan be a result of exposure to strong ultra-violet light in snow-covered areas. The wearing of ultra-violet-absorbing goggles is recommended even on hazy or cloudy days as ultra-violet light can penetrate clouds.[20]

Unlike ski bindings, most snowboard bindings are not designed to release automatically in a fall. The mechanical support provided by the feet being locked to the board has the effect of reducing the likelihood of knee injury - 15% of snowboard injuries are to the knee, compared with 45% of all skiing injuries. Such injuries are typically to the knee ligaments, bone fractures are rare.[16] Fractures to the lower leg are also rare but 20% of injuries are to the foot and ankle. Fractures of the Talus boneare rare in other sports but account for 2% of snowboard injuries - a lateral process talus fracture is sometimes called "snowboarder's ankle" by medical staff. This particular injury results in persistent lateral pain in the affected ankle yet is difficult to spot in a plain X-ray image. It may be misdiagnosed as just a sprain, with possibly serious consequences as not treating the fracture can result in serious long-term damage to the ankle.[16] The use of portable ultrasound for mountainside diagnostics has been reviewed and appears to be a plausible tool for diagnosing some of the common injuries associated with the sport.[21]

Four to eight percent of snowboarding injuries take place while the person is waiting in ski-lift lines or entering and exiting ski lifts. Snowboarders push themselves forward with a free foot while in the ski-lift line, leaving the other foot (usually that of the lead leg) locked on the board at a 45- to 90-degree angle, placing a large torque force on this leg and predisposing the person to knee injury if a fall occurs.[22][23] Snowboard binding rotating devicesare designed to minimize the torque force. They allow snowboarders to turn the locked foot straight into the direction of the tip of the snowboard without remo

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Snowboard Information

 

Snowboard Boots:

The first question you ask when a customer is looking for a snowboard is what size foot

They have.  The size of their boot may narrow the board selection for the customer.

 

Snowboard Boots are the most important aspect of snowboarding.

Size and comfort!

Size 11 is pretty much the magic number!

Size 11 boots need a little bit wider board. 

Size 11 needs at least a 25cm waist width or wider.

1 cm will not make much difference, there are a lot of boards sized at 24.9 and this is fine for a size 11 boot.

Here is a good guide to follow!

Boot size 11 > 24.9/25 or wider  (at least)

Boot size 12 > 25.5 or wider

Boot size 13 > 26 or wider

 

Boots also vary in stiffness and access into the boot!

Break down as follows:

-Softer boot > good for park, freestyle riding and cheaper $$$

-Stiffer boot> good for freeriding, some park depending on how stiff and usually cost more $$$

 

Inner liner boots make up about 98% of the boots on the market.  Flow used to make a boot without liners.

They called it a built in liner system.

Most Inner Liners have a lacing system which secures the foot inside the boot.

-this makes for a tighter fit, and a more comfortable fit.

 

Most boots will heat up and pack out to your foot. 

The perfect boot fit right out of the box is having the boot laced up nice and tight and the big toe is

Just barely touching the end of the boot.  Not cramed into the end of the boot and not wigglying free.

Just touching the end. 

If a customer says the boot doesn’t fit right after sliding their foot into the boot and not lacing it up

You need to instruct them to lace it up.  By lacing the boot up the heel of the foot will be pulled into the

Heel of the boot securing a great fit.

 

The newest style of boots out on the market is the BOA system.  This is a coil lacing system with a turn dial

Which tightens the boot as you turn the dial.  The cable that goes into the dial and laced throughout the boot

Is airplane grade cable and is very durable.

Some boots are now coming with dual BOA systems.

1 for the inner liner and one for the outside of the boot!

 

Remember that boots are the most important ingredient to snowboarding.

You can have the best board $ can buy an have a pair of uncomfortable boots that give blisters and bruises

And have a horrible day!

Advise the customer to put the bulk of their budget into the boots.  They will be very happy returning customers.

 

Bindings:

 

Bindings are very adjustable.

In many situations you can fully adjust a bindings to fit into any boot.

There are many different designs of bindings.

 

-One Piece systerm-  this is a one piece base such as FLUX and is usually more flexible than a 2 piece

 

-Two Piece system- this has an aluminum heel cup that ties into the base and this makes the binding more stiff.

 This system is usually a little more durable and will last longer.

 

-Triangle system- this refers to the FLOW bindings and the K2 Cinch.  The back of the binding releases

And comes down to let the foot enter the binding rather than using the conventional ratchet system.

 

-Materials:

Zytel (fiberglass) material  - Can be soft or stiff depending on the mix of the fiberglass (Medium Price)

Plastic material – Very soft / Very cheap

Alloy and Aluminum Material – stiff more expensive

Carbon – Most stiff/ Most expensive

 

The straps across a 1 piece or 2 piece binding are call ratchets.

 

-Toe Cap system- the toe cap system come on either a 1 Piece or a 2 Piece binding and covers the

Toe of the boot.  The toe cap systems pulls the heel of the boot into the heel of the binding for more

Control and a better boot/binding fit. 

Be careful when setting Boards and bindings up with Toe Caps.  The toe cap often hangs over the

Edge of the board a lot further than just the toe of the boot would without the toe cap.  The customer

Might need a wider board.

 

Bindings come as follows:

-Softer bindings> usually for park/freestyle riding and are not as expensive..Cheaper$$$

-Stiffer bindings> usually for Freeriding, big jumps, racing, pip3 and cost more.

Carbon is often added to the highback and the base of the bindings to make them more stiff.

A Stiffer binding can soften a board and a Softer binding can stiffin a board.

 

When matching the Boot and the Binding make sure the boots fits nice and tight on the base and heel cup of the bindings.  A bad fit will have voids between the boot and bindings and cause the boot to more around unsecure and may cause injury.  This is will also not be as responsive as the rider would really want it to be.  If the boot can move and not cause the binding to react and make the board move the way a rider wants then adjustments

Need to made.  Make sure the boot and bindings make a good match! Make sure the straps are centered across the boot!

 
Discs:

The Discs are the plates that fit inside the base of the binding in order to bolt the bindings to the board!

There are 2 different types of discs:

3D-Discs all Burton boards

4 Hole Discs all other snowboards on the market

 

Refer to the pictures below to help give a better understanding of the different binding systems.

 

Snowboards: 
Choosing the right board

 Sizing up a customer on a Snowboard can be very difficult!

With the boot size you can narrow the board selection down for the customer.

Usually a snowboarder would want the board length to be between their chin and their nose.

 

Shorter for the Park and Freestyle and longer for big jump, going faster and freeriding.

 

My board actually comes up to the top of my shoulder.  So it is a good bit shorter then my chin but

I love it.

 

So between the Shoulder and the Nose is he best guide depending on the type of riding.

 

Another very good factor to determine when trying to help a customer decide which board will be

Best for them is the sidecut.  This is usually on the back of the board.  If you cannot find It on the back of the board then you can find it on our website: Tightboards.com

 

Sidecuts will range from 7.0 ---------------------------7.5----------------------------8.0---------------------------8.5

                                                                     More Advanced Freerider

                                                                                                           Advanced Freestyle Rider

                                                                                                Intermediate    /     Beginner    /  Powder Rider                                                          

The larger the side cut the more foregiving the board is and easier for a beginner or a Park/Freestyle rider to use

The larger the sidecut the less likely a rider is to catch an edge and hook a jump will taking off.

For example:

-155cm 25 waist width and 8.1 sidecut.  This board will be very foregiving and great for the all types of riding but mostly great for freestyle.

-158cm 25 waist width and 7.8 sidecut.  This board will be great for all mountain, going super fast and carving it up, Powder and all other terrains.

 

While we are on Sidecuts we should go ahead and talk abou the construction of the boards a little:

 

-Snowboards are made up of 2 different sidecuts

Radial:  which means this board is a TWIN.  Meaning that either way you ride the board it should feel

The same both ways.

Radial come in 3 defferent Radi !

 

Single Radial:  One big circle is used to cut a smooth continuous edge

 

Bi-Radial:  2 Big Circle come together and make up a usually deeper sidecut.

 

Tri-Radial:  3 Big Circls come together and make up a sidecut

See pictures for all 3 Radial sidecuts

 

 

 

The other sidecut is called Progressive:  This sidecut will ride differently if ridden both directions;

 

Progressive:

Bi-Progressive:  2 circles come together to make up the sidecut

 

Tri-Progressive:  3 circles come together to make up the sidcut

See below pictures:

 

All boards are either make TWIN or DIRECTIONAL

There are 4 total types of snowboards between these 2 types

 

Twin:

  1. Centered Bolt Pattern /  TRUE TWIN  park/freestyle  Radial Sidecut
  2. Set Back Bolt Pattern – stance is not centered tip to tail but board will feel the same both ways

Park and freestyle riding   Radial Sidecut

Directional:

  1. Centered Bolt Pattern / stance is centered on the board but the board will not feel the same both ways

Progressive Sidecut

  1. Set Back Bolt Pattern/ TRUE DIRECTIONAL  (freeride ,powder ,raceboards)

Progressive Sidecut

 

Snowboard Construction:

 

There are 5 different types of snowboards on the market!

-Sidewall/Sandwich construction

-Cap Construction

-Hybrid Construction

-MagneTraction

 

Sidewall / Sandwich Constrution:

This makes up about 95% of the snowboards made right now!

These snowboards used to be about 10% made and Cap was the most but the sidewall

Boards have proved that they are more durable and they actually ride a lot better.

The sidewall acts like a ski edge and it really cuts through the terrain, such as granular and

Ice.  These boards are great for the east coast!

They are also less foregiving, not to say that a beginner cannot ride this because they can,

Just that they are more likely to catch their edge because the edge is so deep, like a ski!

Sidewall boards tend to cost more at retail because of the durability and how much effort

goes into making them! 

 

Cap Construction:

The production of these boards have really diminished the past couple of years.  All of the models

that were Cap are now sidewall.  Usually the only time you see a cap constructed board is when

they are less expensive models.  They tend to be cheaper, not made as well and they are more forgiving

compard to a sidewall constructed board.  The top sheet of the snowboard actually roles around the

side of the snowboard and connects to the metal edge.

 

Hybrid Construction:

You will vary rarely see this king of construction in a snowboard.  I believe that the only board we

have in the company that is a Hybrid is the Academy Merrit.  The board is dope but the construction is wack!

It looks like a CAP/ with a little Sidewall.  Refer to diagram.

These boards tend to be more expensive because the boards presses are not really set up to make this

Construction so it takes a special machine press to make it.

It will ride like a sidewall but be more foregiving just like a CAP!

 

 

Magnetraction:

The only company that can make this type of construction is MERVIN!

The MERVIN brands are GNU, LIB TECH and ROXY.   Mervin has been making MagneTraction for 3 years now.  They used to make only one model and now they have flipped it to where they are all through their line.

You can buy a Riders Choice Sidewall and a Riders Choice Magne Traction.

The word is that it cuts like a knife throught the terrain.  They say that it is straight on the rails but I don’t trust it.  Some people swear by them and some people hat them. 

The construction is basically a Sidewall constructed boards that is wavey like a steak knife.

This board will ride like nothing else.  Like a sidewall but with more carve in it.  The whole sidecut theory

That you read earlier about deeper sidecuts kind of goes out the window with this board.

These boards are a lot more expensive but they will hold an amazing edge!

Refer to diagram:

 

 

 

 

Now lets talk about what is inside a snowboard!

95% of snowboards produced have a full wood core!  This means that the whole snowboard is made up

of wood from tip to tail.  Telling a customer that this board is here is a FULL wood core, make it sound

really good but it is really just tricky. 

Wood Cores are also layed in various different directions.  They might by vertical, horizontal, diagonal ect…

The way the cores are layed against each other has a lot to do with the way the board flexes and reacts

on the snow!

 

The other five percent has either Metal or Carbon inside.

These 2 elements are used to make the board more stiff in certain areas or have more POP to the board.

The most common used is Carbon!

Carbon is used under the bindings for support and to stiffen the board up and it is used running from tip

to tail in strips or running in X formation throughout the core of the board.  Refer to Diagram!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carbon is a soft fiber that is best when it is in its natural state.  If you bend Carbon it wants to bend back.

This is why it is used in snowboards, when the carbon is forced in one direction then it wants to POP back

and that is what give a lot of life off jumps and presses.

Carbon also weighs a little more than just wood and it is more stiff if a lot is used.

Carbon inside of the board will make the $$$$ go up up up!

 

Metal is used mostly in the binding inserts ( for the bindings screws) and under the bindings for more supports.

These are called IMPACT PLATES. Rome uses metal under a lot of their binding inserts.  This make the boards more durable and less likely to tweek under pressure!  See Diagram

 

 

 

Edges:

 

Rockwell Stainless Steele 48 :  99% of the snowboards are made with this material, more durable!

 

Bronze:  less than 1%, I have seen these on the Rome artifact and the Capita Speed Tribe in black.

            Basically this edge is really soft and great for rails.  We will see how they hold up.  These

            Edges look burnt orange color just like BRONZE!

 

Edge Angle:

This is a particular part of the snowboard that pretty much everyone overlooks.  You never really hear

A guy come into the shop asking about a 3 degree bevel on his edge unless he is trying to race someone down the hill.  Now, don’t get me wrong, we are just in the southeast.  Snowboarders here are different.  If you go

Out to Tahoe or Colorado you will have a ton of edge tuning going on with the tech guys.  We just about

Actually getting to the hill and getting on the snow than worrying about beveling our edges.  Shit! Actually we try to dull our edges as much as possible so that we can hit rails and the snowboards will still ride like a snowboards and not a banana!

 

 

Base Materials:

Base materials make up a huge aspect of a snowboard!

 

The 2 Main Base materials that snowboards are made with are:

Extruded and Sintered

 

Extruded Base:

This base is on most of the less expensive boards.  This is why some boards are $300 and some are $400

There is a huge price gap in Extruded to Sintered bases.

The Extruded Base is very Hard.  This base will take a beating and keep on ticking!  This base is used

on rental boards because it will not damage as easily due to the hardness but it will also not hold wax

as well and will not hold repairs as well.  This base is a lot slower compared to sintered!

 

Sintered Base:

-Sintered Bases cost more money

-they are softer

-they will have to be repaired more often and they will actually hold the repair longer

-they will hold wax longer, in return they will be faster!

-Some sintered bases come STONE GROUND, this is when the factory takes a diamond grinder

Across the base from tip to tail and creates grooves for water to flow through.  This make the board

Ride smoother and faster!

-Metal mix – some companys will mix metal shavings in the base of the board, this will make the board

go faster because the friction will create more water for the board to cruise on!

 

 

This is where the $$$ comes in!  There are different grades of sintered bases!

 

Least expensive----------------à----------------More Expensive-----------------à-----------------Most Expensive

 

    4000                     5000                         6000                        7000                       8000                      9000

 

The Forum Recon is the cheapest SINTERED Base on the market.  The board cost $300

That is unheard off.  This is a great selling point to the Forum Recon:

The customer is getting more bang for his buck!

 

Mounting bindings on the snowboard

The best mounting stance is -5 degrees and 12 degrees on average

If the rider rides switch a lot then the best set up is more twin -8 degree and 8 degrees

The Degrees are located on the binding disk.  All of the little etched marks around the disc are

Degree marks.

 

 

Why a snowboard actually moves across the snow!

This is a WOW point, meaing that when you tell a customer this, they really think that you know what you are

talking about.

A snowboard moves because the thinnest layer of water known to man is created by the friction of the base

crossing the top layer of snow.

When the water is created from the melting snow it makes the board glide right across.

This is why some sintered bases are stone ground and metal mixed.

Any type of extra friction that can be created between the snowboards and the snow to create the snow to melt faster will make the board move faster.

 

Why waxing your board is so important!

Waxing your board is important because:

-its fills in unnecessary damage that may cause the board to not ride as smooth

-it makes the base of the board more moist.   You might think that sounds crazy but if a board goes a long

 time without being waxed then the base will get really dry.  The base will become chalking white from the old

wax and may even become fuzzy from the not having any wax on it at all

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