The World Wide Weapon was dreamed up by Travis Parker back in 2002, and has been a favourite in both the parks and the streets ever since. It’s got a flat base that, unlike classic camber, has no concentrated contact points on which to catch an edge.
While there’s a trade-off in pop, the stubby ends mean that the effective edge is longer than normal, so you can ride a board that’s up to 5 centimetres shorter (and therefore significantly lighter) without compromising stability in the turn. New for this season is the Tweekend system, where the rise from the outside of the bindings to the tips is more gradual. This creates a much larger surface area to balance on when pressing, making it easier than ever to hold those nose butters or 5-0 slides. The extruded base won’t go like the clappers, but it’ll take more of a beating than its sintered equivalents and requires less maintenance. The new design has moved things along without losing any of what it is that the jibbers love about it, and so the K2 WWW will no doubt be the Weapon of choice for many a rider this year.
The WWW has been a bit overlooked in recent years, but riding it made me feel so at ease that I totally forgot about what kind of board I was on, and just had a lot of fun. The new polished extruded base is a noticeable improvement on past years, although it’s a shame that it’s not sintered. It’s a great board for the money, and presses are so easy with the new nose and tail shapes. If you want a board that will kill it in the domes or in the park – as well as elsewhere – then look no further. The WWW is BACK!” – Chris Sturgess