If you’ve been paying attention to all the pre-release teasers and new-season-gear hype – the Capita Spring Break collab range has probably already got you frothing. This series of powder specific, hand-crafted boards are oversized surf-style sticks made to bring out the soul in backcountry turning.
With three unique shapes, conceptualised by Spring Break founder Corey Smith – Capita went on a roll to incorporate all the tech needed to turn his plywood style decks into a high performance ride for ultimate lines in deep snow.
Although the shapes are different – each of the different lengths is built on a surf rocker profile with a tonne of spoon in the huge nose and a short tapered tail for a super floaty ride. Then there’s a sintered base in place for speed, Capita’s ‘Surflite’ core to keep the weight down, and a hand-marbled topsheet so each individual board is going to be slightly different.
But tech features probably won’t matter an ounce if you’re looking at adding one of these to your quiver – we get the distinct impression that this is one powder board purchase that has to come from the heart…
“It’s brilliant in powder, we’ve been quite lucky with the conditions here – and it’s quite chargy in a straightline, it just bashes through anything in its way. And then when you want to turn – because your feet can be quite close together – it’s got quite a tight turning circle and you can get those surfy turns in. It’s a bit squirrelly on piste, but you wouldn’t really buy this as a cruising board – and in heaver wet snow it’s been quite good for charging through that. Basically though it’s built for powder, it’s not really one to trick off, it’s built for turning and expressing yourself.” – Sam McMahon