Snowboard design has come a long way since its inception in the 70’s. The pioneers of snowboarding made their first attempts at snowboarding in a similar fashion to surfing, riding boards dubbed ‘snurfers’ with no bindings and very little turn control. Some good ideas, but more could definitely be done to improve the design.
fast forward to today and the technology in a single snowboard would surpass a whole decade of improvements from the 70’s. Carbon fibre power distribution, pop rods for greater response, and slime walls for durability and smoothness are all commonplace across most brands and snowboard models including ride, K2, and Arbor.
Hybrid all mountain snowboards are quickly becoming Australia’s snowboard of choice for your everyday rider. These boards are adaptable for all conditions and feature a rocker design in the nose, a flat section under your front binding and a little bit of camber underneath your back binding. This design assists in making your turn initiation a lot smoother and giving the snowboard the added ability to float more easily in powder snow than previously possible on other styles of snowboards. The camber underneath the back snowboard binding is responsible for snapping the board out of turns quicker and popping the board of jumps harder by providing a more responsive system for power distribution. Typically, these snowboards are available in two widths, the wider boards accommodating for heavier riders by providing a slightly larger surface area spread than their thinner counterpart. Snowboard length varies, but most boards are available in sizes ranging from 152cm all the way up to 168cm. Snowboard length is often chosen by height, but this method often leads to incorrect sizing. Be sure to check out the manufacturer’s specifications to make sure you pick the right board for your weight, not your height.
Because many Australian snowboarders head overseas to snowboard as well as hitting the hills in places like Perisher and Falls Creek. These hybrid snowboards are a good idea as they are responsive enough to take into the park but also adaptable to deeper snow conditions like those found in Japan.
Whether you’re a park rat who loves to spin and jump as well as free ride or a big mountain free rider who occasionally dips into the park when the snow is bad, the future of snowboard design lies hybrid all mountain technology. When you’re shopping for your next board, make sure you check it out.