- Price: £479 / €549
- Sizes: 165
- Flex: 5
- Profile: Setback Camber
- Shape: Directional
Serge Dupraz has been making snowboards since 1984, but there’s never been a better time to try out his wares. Long before the current fashion for directional shapes that hold a strong edge and accelerate out of the turn, the Dupraz D1 delivered all of that.
He maintains a minimalist line, making incremental improvements to something that’s already been well proven as a snowboarder’s dream.
If you’re wondering what 5’5" equates to in new money, it’s 165cm - so although this is technically one of Dupraz’s ‘shortboards’, it’s still pretty big from end to end. It’s not massive through the waist, though, so regular-sized humans won’t feel like they’ve got a door strapped to their feet.
The tapered shape and slightly setback camber profile of the Dupraz D1 5’5" make it a carving weapon, of course - it’s what the Dupraz brand has been synonymous with for so long. The sintered base and triax fibreglass (with added carbon) ensure that it’s both lightning fast and responsive.
When it comes to getting your elbow down, nothing comes close.
"The tapered shape and slightly setback camber profile of the Dupraz D1 5’5" make it a carving weapon"
What’s really interesting about the Dupraz D1 5’5", though, is how tempted you’ll be to get it in the air. Its lightweight, lively construction is well suited to jumps, and while there’s much more nose than tail, you can still get enough pop to really make the most of any natural hits you come across. It’s a very different feeling to doing tricks and spins on a true twin, but one that you will warm to in no time - either just off the piste, or way out in the deep stuff.
"While there’s much more nose than tail, you can still get enough pop to really make the most of any natural hits you come across"
As well as this ‘Standard’ edition of the 5’5", you can also pick up either the ‘+’ or the ‘++’, which boast progressively stiffer flexes. There’s also the ‘X Light’ which, for those with the dough, is about as premium as it gets.
If you live and work in the mountains, Dupraz also offer a pretty decent discount on an exclusive graphic - check out dupraz-snow.com for more details.
“Serge Dupraz has been perfecting this shape for over a decade – long before directional boards came back into fashion – and it shows. The Dupraz D1 5’5" holds an edge unbelievably well, encouraging you to launch huge, sweeping carves across the piste at Mach 10.
"A magical combination of sidecut and stance position provides epic drive out of the turn"
But this is no oil tanker that relies on pure length. Instead, a magical combination of sidecut and stance position (set slightly forward relative to the contact points) provides epic drive out of the turn. Fast edge changes are equally doable, making for a riding experience that’s something like stepping from a regular skateboard onto a longboard – you have so much extra speed available it is frightening!
Controlling that speed is where you need to adapt your style a little – with its stubby tail, this isn’t a deck for skidding about but rather painting smooth lines. Go with it, trust the board, and it will deliver you to the bottom of the mountain faster than you thought possible.
In a market of increasingly hollow hype, Dupraz are a true hidden gem, offering an authentic story and performance through design. As they say in France: surf le neige!"