[splitpost intro="true" numbers="true" position="both"]
Last week Whitelines headed out to the small French resort of La Clusaz, where brands were gathered with the first samples of their new gear for the 2014-2015 season.
Arranged as a showcase for shops and media, the Avant Premiere event gave us a chance not only to look at the new kit, but also to test it out for ourselves: We weren't so much kids in a candy store as Charlie in the Chocolate Factory.
We weren't so much kids in a candy store as Charlie in the Chocolate Factory.
Over the course of the three days we managed to ride and review a fair few boards. We'll be sharing our considered opinions on the pick of the bunch over the course of the next few months, and in the 2014 Whitelines 100 Issue - the Snowboard Buyers' Bible.
Unfortunately we couldn't test everything, but we did manage to get a whole load of snapshots of next season's kit, which we'll be posting on the website over the next few weeks. The new models, new graphics and crazy new shapes on offer are all pretty exciting.
First up is our sneak peak of Burton's 2014-2015 range of boards. There's some seriously rad stuff in here!
[part title="Burton Pile Driver Snowboard 2014-15"]
The Pile Driver is a brand new board for the 2014-2015 season. Its short wide shape and large spoon-like nose are reminiscent of the Yes 420 or the Burton Nug. While the pads under the bindings make it look like you could even ride this as a no-board pretty easily.
As you might have guessed, it's built primarily for riding powder, with its tiny fish tail, designed to spread the weight at the back while keeping it manoeuvrable enough to skip in and out of the trees.
Word on the street is that Terje had a hand in designing this...
It's actually not dissimilar to the original Burton Backhill, which the brand also had on display at the event.
[part title="Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard 2014-15"]
This is Nicolas Muller's board. A directional twin beast with a nice wide nose for optimum float in powder. Graphically its simple, but classy.
[part title="Burton Custom X Snowboard 2014-2015"]
The Custom on steroids returns for 2014-2015. The graphic is pretty plain once again, but classy - like a black Lamborghini.
[part title="Burton Talent Scout Snowboard 2014-2015 "]
The Talent Scout is a brand new women's board. With a sick twin style graphic, this looks like a beast for the park and rails.
[part title="Burton Feelgood Snowboard 2014-2015"]
The 2014-2015 Burton Feelgood looks badass in our humble opinion. This women's board is always a popular one.
[part title="Burton Custom Snowboard 2014-2015"]
The Custom is the classic of the Burton range and the best-selling snowboard of all time. This year's continues the graphical trend set by last year's models - simple, but striking. Check the video to see the colours on the various lengths.
[part title="Burton Name Dropper Snowboard 2014 - 2015"]
The Name Dropper is another brand new board for the 2014-2015 season. Introduced as a replacement for the massively popular Burton Hate, this is built for park rats through and through.
[part title="Burton Landlord Snowboard 2014-2015"]
This board is apparently called the Landlord - we're pretty sure it's a new model for this season, and judging by the shape of that wide nose and tapered tail, we'd say it's built for deep pow.
[part title="Burton Antler Snowboard 2014-2015"]
The Antler returns to the Burton range for another winter, offering high performance and high spec with a slightly softer flex than some top-end boards. If you're after a playful all mountain beast, this may be one to watch out for.
http://mpora.com/videos/AAdosok94grh [part title="Burton Trick Pony Snowboard 2014-2015"]
The Trick Pony was new last year, and like Sherlock (the TV series, not the Burton board) has proved popular enough to bring back for a second season.
This year's graphic has got a bit more going on than the plain colour scheme of 2013, but keeps the slightly tapered tip and tail.
[part title="Burton Parkitect Snowboard 2014-2015"]
Burton have gone for a proper rock vibe with this year's Parkitect graphic. It's all skulls, swords and knuckle tat slogans. This will still be aimed at the same kind of rider though - park rats looking for all round high performance kicker and rails stick.
This model is a limited edition one that's going to be available only in a few core stores from Autumn 2014, so if you wanna rock, you're going to have to be quick off the mark!
[part title="Burton Nug Snowboard 2014-2015"]
This year's Nug has got a military camo theme. This has been around for a few years, but our editor in chief Ed (who's holding the board here) only took one out for the first time last week, and apparently loved it. Look out for his full review dropping later this year.
[part title="Burton Nugget Snowboard 2014-2015"]
The Burton Nugget is a women's specific version of the Nug - you can ride these 10 cm shorter than you would a normal board, thanks to their wide, floaty shape.
[part title="Burton Project Smalls Snowboard 2014-2015"]
The Burton Smalls Project board is designed for a kids - if you've got a mini-shredder in your midst, then you may want to have a look at this when it's released in the autumn.
[part title="Burton Juice Wagon Snowboard 2014-2015"]
A board built primarily for powder with a tapered tip and tail, the Juice Wagon was another one that Editor in Chief Ed tested. He just wasn't up for holding it in the photo, so made Deputy Editor Tristan do it instead.
[part title="Burton Deja Vu Snowboard 2014-2015"]
The Deja Vu has been one of Burton's most popular women's boards - a high end all mountain model designed specifically for chicks like Sales Exec Lauren here. This year's model has a rad graphic - specially the base which you can see in the stop motion clip below.
[part title="Burton Barracuda Snowboard 2014-2015"]
Burton's Barracuda is built for powder and charging hard. Apparently it's one of the best-sellers on the continent every year.