Olaf Larson. Photo: Gordon Ross

Swell Source is pleased to announce the launch of Forbidden Snowboards, a Vancouver Island based core snowboard company. “We just wanted to start something different. We know what’s missing in snowboarding right now, and Forbidden will fill that niche.  We’ll be offering ultra premium, limited edition boards mainly available to Island riders”. said Patrick Kitto, Forbidden Co-Founder and owner of Jump Camp, Vancouver Island’s premier snowboard camp.

Forbidden Snowboards is fearless in their approach to maintaining integrity and quality through the team, friends, designers, manufacturers and products. Their limited edition boards reflect the passion they have for snow and are aimed at all snowboarders, from the bros doing powder turns in the trees to the upside down shreds in the park. Utilizing both combined cambers and camrock cambers in their innovative boards, this year’s lineup is focused on quality over quantity. This means a limited run of 25 boards per model/size of some of most technical snowboards on the market.  Each of the unique hand crafted boards will be marked with it’s unique model number which can be tracked.

Forbidden Snowboards is dedicated to working with brilliant local artists to create original and unconventional graphics and a team of riders, designers and manufacturers to research, test and build a product that they are proud of and ultimately, that works. As Kitto says, “it’s just snowboarding”.

Forbidden Snowboards will be available Jan 1 from select core retailers, however with limited edition run they are urging riders to place their order online at www.forbiddensnowboards.com before they sell out.

Based in the Comox Valley, Forbidden knows the value of staying true to your roots.

Our Namesake:
When the Comox people faced raids from other coastal tribes, they took their women and children to what we now know as Forbidden Plateau for safekeeping. Once, during a raid by the Cowichan, the women and children vanished without a trace. When a member of the tribe went looking for the women and children within the Forbidden Plateau, he found red lichen covering the snow and nearby rocks and assumed the lichen to be blood from the family members. Since then, the plateau has become taboo for it was believed that it was inhabited by evil spirits who had consumed those they had sent.

About Forbidden Snowboards:
Founders Patrick Kitto and Jeff Zamluk have been involved in the snowboarding scene for over 20 years. Patrick is the  founder and owner of a high performance snowboard camp on Forbidden Plateau called Jump Camp which he started after being a sponsored rider for many years.  Jeff has over 15 years of snowboard and board building experience, he has ridden in different conditions worldwide but still considers himself a Mount Washington local.

About Swell Source:
Swell Source, is a manufacturer and distributor of Zed Skimboards, Cascadia Board Co. And Forbidden Snowboards. Established in 2008 after ten years of working with and for a variety of brands, Swell Source offers a unique take on action sports manufacturing.  They are most well known for fusing different board sport technologies to build highly technical product.  Still Vancouver Island based, Swell Source works on projects around the world.

For more information, go to forbiddensnowboards.com  or www.facebook.com/forbiddensnowboards