For what now seems like a preposterously long period, carving was about as fashionable as having a German surname in 1917 (just ask the ‘Windsors’). While the heroes of halfpipe, slopestyle and street rails (and to a lesser extent, big mountain) dominated the media, turning was left in the shadows, seemingly unable to disassociate itself from the lycra-clad oddballs of the slalom circuit.
“This unashamedly directional trio is overseen by ex-pro Thierry Kunz, who has taken the best ideas from the brand’s early days and dragged them into 2017”
Fortunately, that all changed, and these days some of the most exciting snowboarding around is being done by those who don’t even leave the ground. When you consider the popularity of edits like Slice ‘n’ Dice and Yearning For Turning, it’s starting to look less like a temporary trend and more like the new normal.
No-one can accuse Nidecker Snowboards of jumping on the bandwagon with this, their Snow.Surf collection. They’ve been making boards since 1984, and much of what’s seen here harks back to that time when parks and pipes didn’t even exist.
This unashamedly directional trio is overseen by ex-pro Thierry Kunz, who has taken the best ideas from the brand’s early days and dragged them into 2017. They don’t come cheap, but this level of quality rarely does.
To mark the arrival of all three models into the UK (courtesy of The Snowboard Asylum), we’re taking a closer look at the Mosquito, the Donuts and the Gun.