Biography of legendary snowboarder Craig Kelly, who died in an avalanche in Revelstoke in 2003
Buying a snowboard can seem like a scary business. Dipping a toe into any manufacturer’s catalogue or having even the briefest of chats with a snowboard shop monkey will reveal a whole world of techy jargon that even the keenest of shredders may struggle to understand. But worry not prospective purchasers!
Bindings are the crucial interface between your feet and your board. Once nothing but strips of rubber or even bungees, today they are anatomical wonders of design and engineering. Too often, however, bindings play second fiddle to the more eye-catching purchases, but as with boots, a good pair can make the difference between agonizing cramp and a comfy day’s shred. Here’s our guide to getting the right set…
It’s one thing giving you the specs, but you also need to know what the board you’re looking at feels like to ride. That’s where the annual Snowboard Test comes in. Taking place during the May ‘Spring Classics’ session, at the high glacial resort of Kaunertal, Austria, it is a chance for everyone in the UK industry– riders, shops, brands and media – to get together in one place and test out all the latest kit.
I might not have grown up as poor as Roald Dahl’s Charlie Bucket– the kid in who couldn’t even afford a chocolate bar – but when I first got into snowboarding the idea of buying my own shred stick was the stuff of fantasy. Back in the 90s, even basic snowboards were typically about 400 pounds – way out of the price range of a snotty teenager.