- Price: £450
- Sizes: 140, 144, 149, 152, 155
- Width: Normal
- Flex: 4
They say: Ride the lightning.
We say: This was launched as the ‘woman’s Custom’ a few years back and has proved one of Burton’s biggest sellers since. An all-rounder that doesn’t really have a weakness, except that perhaps it doesn’t specialise in one particular type of riding.
Tester says: Edge to edge control was good, rode through slush with ease and was easy to play about and spin on.
- Building boards since: 1977
- HQ: Burlington, Vermont, USA
- History lesson: If there’s one brand that needs no introducing on this list, then this is probably it. Burton is now the world’s biggest and most successful board manufacturer, with good reason, but it wasn’t always that way. Starting out of his garage in Vermont in 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter was apparently laughed at by the likes of Tom Sims when he turned up to early tradeshows with his first modified snurfers. But he learnt quickly. Soon Burton was out-doing its rivals in terms of tech, and by the end of the eighties it scored a massive coup by poaching Sims’ greatest talent – a young man called Craig Kelly. Since then, Burton has grown at a phenomenal rate, pushing the sport at every stage of its development.
- Ridden by: The best riders in the world. And a lot of punters who believe buying a board with a big B on will make them look like the best riders in the world. So pretty much everyone then.