You can deny it ‘till the cows come home, but deep down we can all admit that a major factor in choosing a new board is the graphics. Maybe not the most discerning factor, but c’mon, it’s up there. Your choice of board says a lot about you, and it’s often the first impression someone will get of you on the hill. Your snowboard is a part of your identity on the mountain, you wouldn’t catch Kazushi Yamauchi rocking a green board would you? Don’t let a graphic sway you entirely though, there’s no point in buying a super stiff 175cm monster if you’re purely wanting to ride urban rails just because it looks cool. I mean go ahead if you really want to, they’re your knees after all…
“Deep down we can all admit that a major factor in choosing a new board is the graphics”
There’s something out there for everyone, whether you’re wanting a traditional wood grain or something out of a weird acid dream. It’s becoming more and more popular for brands to collab with artists so there’s a surplus of super inventive designs on the market each year. If you’re really still struggling to find anything that floats your fancy, there are brands that allow you to create a custom top sheet and base for a price.
This list is one of the most difficult to put together, because no one can agree on what a ‘cool’ graphic is. We got suggestions for our test team, and asked some riders and industry folk, so there’s a bit of an eclectic mix in there. A broad age range and a multitude of riding styles are represented in our list, so there’s a little something for everyone. You’ll probably disagree with some – but one mans trash is another mans Custom as they say. Shoot us a message if you think we’ve missed any bangers and we’ll get them added. Meanwhile, have a gander at our top picks and get inspired.
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Nidecker Liberty | Borealis Marauder | Bataleon Carver | Jones Frontier | K2 Medium | Bataleon BYND MDLS | Bataleon Disaster | Burton Free Thinker | Burton Kilroy Twin | Capita Kazu | Capita The Asymulator | Endeavor BOD | Lib Tech Snake Kink | Lobster Aaron Schwartz | Lobster Stomper | Lobster Eiki | Nidecker Pro Pipe | West Salaz | YES Greats UnInc