- Welcome to Breckenridge, Colorado. Host of the 2011 Good Wood Board Test.
- An overall view to give you an idea of the park terrain our board testers had to work with.
- Attentive board tuners made it easier for the testers to ride as many as possible each day.
- Ian Hart grabs tail off the first of three jumps, testing the pop of the board.
- Alex Rodway holding steady on a front boardslide.
- Our testers are encouraged to be as descriptive as possible.
- Andrew Speigel wasn’t afraid to grab tail on this Pamela Anderson board built by Nidecker.
- Justin Schoonover lipslides over the giant rainbow rail in Breck’s Freeway Park.
- Testing sidecut and turning abilities, Corey McDonald and Alex Rodway lay down some high speed carves on the way to the park.
- Ryan Thompson launches a front three off this special gap jump Breck built for the test.
- Terri flexes the Gnu Pickle accross the top of the up-flat box.
- Alex Horgan giving this Academy snowboard some airtime. PHOTO: Jon Hill
- Carson locks in a front board.
- The weather was nice on the second day, so we brought the board test center outside.
- Board Test co-organizer, Adam Kisiel, and filmer Justin Gunson.
- Ian Hart railing his Technine past the camera lens.
- Kai Wiggins, our youngest board tester at 15, held his own with some impressive tricks. PHOTO: Jon Hill
- Kai checking off the boards he’s already tested for the day.
- Alexa McCarty was shredding this rail.
- James Jackson throws a nice method over the second hit just before sunset.
- Emily Belwitt likes rainbows.
- Alex Horgan cracks a big ollie off a little roller.
- Mogul party!!!
- Carson Schubert in search of freeriding terrain.
- Corey MacDonald up and over a slushy roller.
- Kyle Fischer found a couple windlips to test how this Nidecker handles.
- Alex Rodway found this Capita easy for handplants. PHOTO: Jon Hill
- 2011 Good Wood Board Test posse.
- Thanks to our tuning team! They helped make this board test another success!
- Peace out Breck. We’re stoked on this year’s board test!
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.