Snowboarding has finally aged to the point where vintage snowboards are popular collectables. From Tom Sims to Craig Kelly, old pro models are fetching money at auction and there’s a following on social media dedicated to vintage boards and their collectors. More often than not collectables are objects that people handle gingerly, carefully dusting and maintaining, but not in snowboarding. Some people may cringe at the idea of actually riding a vintage piece of snowboarding history, but most feel that a snowboard was built with one purpose and that's to be ridden and enjoyed. That said many snowboard collectors do baby their most prized finds, however it's not uncommon to see somebody ripping a classic board on a good powder day or at a well known event. The feeling of riding a snowboard in it's purest form is exciting and for anyone who's tried it, it feels like a trip through time.
For all the collectors and enthusiasts that have had the urge to ride their collectables, most will fully understand how frustrating using a set of vintage bindings can be, let alone mounting them. In step Dave Billinghurst, former marketing and team manager for K2 snowboarding in the 90's, and his partner Bob Carrasca, former K2 binding engineer and product manager. These long time buds teamed up to create what could be one of the most useful tools a snowboard collector could ever own, the Vintage Snowboard Plate, or V plate for short. Both men currently own Design businesses, yet have a passion for vintage boards and recognize the urge to want to ride one every once in a while.
The V Plate in a nutshell is a CMC machined piece of plastic with a bunch of holes drilled in it, but don't go thinking you can just make one of these on your own. The holes are carefully and dynamically placed in patterns that will match up perfectly with most vintage snowboards, and they allow you to mount nearly any current snowboard binding to your vintage board worry free. So now you can enjoy the feeling of sliding down a snowy hill on a vintage piece of wood without having to deal with non-ratcheting straps, or old plastic binding parts that tend to fall to pieces in cold snowy climates. Even if you do manage to find a mint pair of vintage bindings, good luck fitting your 32’s or Burton Ions into them. The V-plate solves many of the problems that one might face trying to actually have fun riding a vintage snowboard, and for 150$ a pair, it’s a product every snowboard collector should have handy.
*Note: Dave’s final order for machining is due by October 1st, so get your name on the list and get a pair while you still can.
For more info and to sign up for a pair of Vintage Binding Plates, click here to be redirected to their Facebook page.
If your interested but don’t have Facebook be sure to contact Dave Billinghurst at firstname.lastname@example.org