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‘Is that not a powder board?’ asks a heavily-accented voice from somewhere in the queue behind me. I turn to see a smirking, pimpled youth backed up by three sniggering overly-logo’d minions.
‘Well, kind of…’ I begin.
He cuts me off. ‘But there’s no powder today.’ The minions laugh into their mitts. I consider a retort; maybe a quick mitt-on-string slap round the bake, or just a world-weary sigh? I do neither.
‘Aye, you’re right’ I say with a smile as the chair sweeps round to scoop us up, ‘chose the wrong board for today eh?’
But it’s not the wrong board, not for this day, or any other. You see, I ride the K2 Cool Bean, from their ‘Enjoyer‘ series, and apart from being the best board I have ever had, it has utterly changed what snowboarding is to me – I can never now go back to a conventional double-ender snot-drop stick. Ever.