K2 have been making skis since 1961 and started making snowboards back in 1988. It is widely considered as a truly legitimate and core snowboard company.
Back in the 60’s Bill Kirschner was experimenting with skis and made the first fibreglass skis. K2 was born and as snowboarding was in it’s infancy, K2 got involved and started making premium products for flouro-one-piece riders with mullets who were part of the original 1980’s snowboard scene.
The K2 gyrator that came out in 1988 is a piece of snowboarding history and up there with the snurfer as a classic must have piece of collector’s kit. With bright neon colours, it’s straight from the 80’s and K2 have rereleased the Gyrator in recent years, albeit with new technology and everything you’d expect from a modern snowboard.
K2 has never been afraid of innovation and is partly to blame for the recent rocker revival that is proving very popular on the slopes. Some of their experiments haven’t been so successful; does anyone remember step-in bindings?
K2 continue to push their products to the next level with the help of their international pro team. Riders like Nick Dirks, Danny Larsen and Gretchen Bleiler put K2 boards, boots and bindings through their paces. The jib and park board the WWW and the cinch system bindings are favourites amongst the team and with Danny Larsen getting nvolved with the graphics you know K2 boards look as great as they ride!