The stock of a pro snowboarder has changed a lot over the years. While you’re more likely to see one on a cereal box in this era of Olympians, the significance of getting your own pro model deck has somewhat dimmed.
Still, plenty of brands continue to draft respected figures to endorse their latest creations, and usually it’s a great way to get an immediate impression of what it would be good for.
“In some cases said rider will also slap a paintbrush on the finished product”
The Lib Tech Box Scratcher and the Lobster Halldor Pro may both be both park boards, but knowing that Jesse Burtner is responsible for the former tells you that it’ll be quite different in purpose and design to the latest Helgason creation. Likewise Taka Nakai has a very different approach to riding powder to Fredi Kalbermatten, and that’s reflected in their pro models.
In some cases said rider will also slap a paintbrush on the finished product while they’re at it – with mixed results – or get a respected co-conspirator to provide the artwork. Either way, some of the most popular ‘wall art’ boards over the years have been pro models.
From pow-chasers to kids’ boards, here are ones that deserve your attention in 2018/19.
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Burton Deep Thinker | CAPiTA Scott Stevens Mini | Gnu Ladies Choice | GNU Müllair | Gnu Space Case | Lib Tech Box Scratcher | Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Phoenix | Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Titty Fish | Lib Tech Orca | Lib Tech Swiss Knife | Lobster Larsen | Lobster Halldor Pro | Roxy Torah Bright | Salomon HPS | YES Hel Yes