While most of us spent Spring 2020 sat on the sofa twiddling our thumbs, attempting to make banana bread and getting sucked down the Netflix rabbit hole, Borealis team Rider Pierre Charpenent did things a little differently.
“Going back to the drawing board to come out with their first ever park board”
The French native got his creative juices flowing and filmed this rad backyard edit in his home resort of La Plagne during March and April. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the fact that we’ve got to start appreciating what we’ve got on our doorstep and Pierre’s leading the charge with this one.
Borealis have traditionally made snowboards that cater more to the freeride side of things, focusing on chasing ball shrinking big lines and tackling gnarly spines and chutes. They decided to shake things up a bit this season, going back to the drawing board to come out with their first ever park board.
New for 2020 they’ve come out swinging with the Borealis Taiga, a bona fide freestyle machine. It has all the hallmarks of a classic park board, with the true twin outline, playful rockered tips, lightweight poppy core and bombproof construction ticking all the boxes.
On paper some of the features read as fairly standard, but the Taiga isn’t just your run of the mill deck, and it’s certainly not to be sniffed at. Borealis have a few tricks up their sleeve to supercharge the performance, ensuring that the Taiga is no shrinking violet.
“The Taiga cuts the use of plastic by a whopping 40%”
Bamboo has one of the highest tensile strengths of any wood and is also one of the fastest growing plants in the world. This makes it not only an excellent choice of material in a snowboard to boost the snap and pop, but it’s also a more sustainable method of production. With a bamboo topsheet and stringers running through the length, the Taiga cuts the use of plastic by a whopping 40% and leaves the board poppy as all hell.
You might not have a forest outside your house you can convert to your own personal playground, but rest assured with the Borealis Taiga you won’t be left wanting when you finally do get to go buckwild in nature.