Photography: Chris Wellhausen
Our largest snowboard test to date just wrapped up at Breckenridge, Colorado. The 2011 Good Wood Board Test slung 440 odd boards through the rigors of park and all mountain riding over five days. We had deep slush, rain, frozen rain, and in Good Wood test fashion, a little dusting of fresh snow. And yes, we even have some results calculated … but we’re not letting ‘em out quite yet. Stay tuned for the Good Wood feature this fall.
The test crew was new—eighteen ripping snowboarders from all backgrounds: loose jibbers, edge railers, jumpers, femme fatales, and everyone in between. From fifteen years old to thirty plus, the test crew brought all types of riding skills to the table.
That was all the better for the myriad new board designs. 2011 boards displayed everything from uplifted edge zones on boards by Bataleon and Burton’s Whammy Bar. There are boards with mustache camber, abstract tip shapes, and even one that you ride ten centimeters shorter than normal. The camber, shape, and edges that create a board come from a new formula—boards are evolving.
The 2011 Good Wood Board Test features winning board designs in these categories:
Top Ten Men’s Boards Under $399
Top Ten Men’s Boards Over $400
Top Ten Woman’s Boards Under $399
Top Ten Woman’s Boards Over $400
See last year’s Good Wood winning boards.