The definition of a freestyle board.
Before we delve into the intricacies of freestyle’s newest trends, let us expound upon the obvious. “There are many great freestyle boards. The question isn’t which is the best one-but which is the best one for you,” concludes CAPiTA’s Wiseman Blue Montgomery. Sound advice.
Some input from Alex Warburton at Forum: “Freestyle has so many different definitions these days, there’s no one board that’s best for everything we call freestyle. The board Devun Walsh needs for landing switch in three feet of B.C. powder is pretty different than what JP Walker uses for inner-city rails.”
In short, freestyle boards make up the largest board segment in our sport. They come in many lengths, widths, shapes, and flexes. A freestyle board is loosely defined as a shape conducive to forward and switch (backward) riding with a softer overall flex pattern than a freeride tool. Pipe-specific freestyle boards perfectly contradict the previous sentence-note, the term “loosely defined.” These boards are built extra stiff for slicing through icy pipes, and they have narrow waists for quick edge changes.
The easiest way to choose a freestyle board is to keep it simple. Be honest about your level of skill and the terrain you’ll be riding, study the Buyer’s Guide thoroughly, and ask for assistance at the local shop, barraging them with questions like, “What specifically makes this board better suited for park riding?” Remember, there’s no such thing as a bad question-especially when you’re about to break the bank.-Cody Dresser
Freestyle Design Comes Full Circle
Here’s a special section on twin tips, ’cause they’re sooo hot right now! The circle is complete. It’s true, freestyle board design has made the ten-year rotation. Actual twin tips, with more width, larger stance options, and softer, more forgiving flex patterns are a throwback to early 90s designs. Regress? No way. They might look like an early jib stick but these modern freestylers showcase progressive core construction, sidecuts, torsional rigidity, and strength unheard of a decade ago. Street rails, parks, and switch trickery have precipitated the return of true twin-tip design; handrail hot-doggin’ necessitates softer flex patterns, while additional width adds stability for stomping monster tables. All these accolades beg the question, “If soft twin tips are so great, why did they disappear?” Simple. They were using old-school technology that washed out, didn’t turn, broke, broke down, and was straight-up busted. The current twins may have classic shapes and even skate-styled, flat-kicked nose and tails like the Option Mirror and Ride Kink, but their innards are packed with state-of-the-art technology. And with many, you can ride a super-wide stance without modifying your board via T-bolts like we did in the 90s.-C.D.