Rider: Jonaven Morre  /  Photographer: Jeff Patterson  /  Location: Revelstoke, Canada
  • Price: £350
  • Sizes: 152, 155
  • Width: Normal
  • Flex: 5
  • Rider: Jonaven Morre  /  Photographer: Jeff Patterson  /  Location: Revelstoke, Canada

They say: For the rider who doesn’t want to play second fiddle in the park.

We say: With a polar and beech composite core and a camber profile, the Nero is designed to make pipe and kicker riding a pleasure. That camber means it’s not the most butter-friendly, but will still handle most rails.

Tester says: More pop than a variety pack of Pop Tarts! This board is sick.

About Contraband

  • Building boards since: 2010
  • HQ: Manchester, UK
  • History lesson: As well as being the youngest brand on this list, Contraband are also the only one to be based in the UK. The long-term dream of two UK riders, Contraband has its roots firmly implanted in the dryslopes and domes around Manchester. Their bases are covered in the words ‘Keep the Faith’, and their catalogue features quotes from the Stone fookin’ Roses. Tells you everything you need to know really.
  • Ridden by: No nonsense northerners who like a good shred and a pint of Boddingtons in between shifts down t’ pit. And anyone who’s properly proud of our incredible UK-based scene, and wants to show it.