Buying a new snowboard purely because of who rides it makes even less sense than choosing your razor based on which one is backed by your favourite smooth-faced tennis player.
That said, it’s not something to discount entirely either. Brands have long been making the smart decision to work closely with the guys and gals who best know how this whole snowboarding malarkey works, and the results are rarely less than excellent. If you love riding park and your favourite rider has developed a freestyle deck, chances are it’ll be right up your street. Ditto pow boards that have been designed by the masters of the craft.
“Brands have long been making the smart decision to work closely with the guys and gals who best know how this whole snowboarding malarkey works, and the results are rarely less than excellent”
That’s not to say any pro model board is by definition a cut above the more common-or-garden sticks out there. At the end of the day, what works for you might not be what works for anyone else – not even one of the über pros we cover here.They’re always worth a look, though, especially those for which the rider has had a hand in the artwork too.
Without further ado, here’s a closer look at some of our favourite pro models of the season.
All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi – click any image to enlarge
Production: Tom Copsey / Andrew Duthie / Tobias Grünwald / Sam Oetiker / Sami Tuoriniemi