Words and photos by Ben Gavelda
The 2014/2015 Capita x Spring Break Powder Pill snowboard with Union Contact Pro bindings.
This creation from Corey Smith has a thick profile throughout, kind of light and hollow like surf board, but wrapped in enough fiberglass to stand up to abuse. It floated and pow and handled groomers with surf vibes.
Capita and Spring Break are doing a few abstract shapes for 2014/2015, check out another one from the two brands in TransWorld’s March 2014 issue.
The 2014/2015 Nitro Blacklight 162 snowboard with Nitro Zero bindings.
A little edge bump for added bite toes and heels on this aggressive, cambered ride.
Classic Nitro graphics.
Yes Snowboards new top-shelf Standard 158 model with Now IPO bindings. It rips! It’s a cambered directional twin with rocker in the tips and super responsive wood and fiberglass layup.
The Yes Standard features beech wood along the edges and a chatter smoothing dual density sidewall.
The 2014/2015 Salomon Time Machine 159 with Salomon’s new Defender bindings.
The Time Machine was new to the line this season (2013/2014) and is a more mellowed out version of the popular Man’s Board. It can tear up the whole mountain.
Look closely and you can see the carbon fiber stringers that give the Time Machine some zing.
The 2014/2015 Burton Landlord 159 with Cartel EST bindings. A slightly tapered all-mountain machine.
A better look at the shape. The Landlord has a generously rockered nose with camber throughout the rest of the board. Nicolas Muller developed it. Keep an eye out for a new, similar deck he helped create called the Flight Attendant.
A closer look at the fishnet carbon fiber weave that makes this thing super reactive.
The 2014/2015 Bataleon Whitegold North 158 snowboard with Switchback bindings. Whitegold is a side project or high-end rides led by Kevin Sansalone. He said this deck was designed for resort ripping. It’s pretty stiff and aggressive, but the spooned tips make it playful, too.
A closer look at the Triple Base Technology profiling in the nose.
A clean finish with hardwood sidewalls.
The 2014/2015 Ride Alter Ego 159, Jake Blauvelt’s new pro model snowboard, with Ride Capo bindings. If you watched his Naturally series, this was the weird blunted proto type he was riding.
Hidden from top to sidewall are carbon stringers for pop, control and cat-like moves.
The split tail is an experiment in changing the feel of the ride. Leave it clipped for more stability, unclip it for a looser, surfy feel. The production version will have the clip reversed so it cannot come unclipped.
The 2014/2015 Slash Brain Storm 160 with Now IPO bindings. It’s a new twin shape, directional flexing deck with a slightly setback stance.
The progressive sidecut and backseat camber/rocker profile give it a surfy feel. #brainstormsurfer
Those signature Slash tips. Good for grabbin’!
The 2014/2015 Lib Technologies Jamie Lynn Half Cap 157W with Burton Genesis Reflex bindings. This limited deck comes in a 157 wide and can be found at at a core shop near you this fall.
It’s Jamie’s 20th Anniversary riding for Lib and he has a whole quiver of decks laced with signature art and design.
This deck has a flat middle section and cambered ends for pop. The half cap construction at the sidewalls gives the board more torsional control and power underfoot while maintaining a nice flex at the ends. With the added width this board had a super stable feel.
The 2014/2015 Smokin Jeston 156 snowboard with Burton Genesis bindings.
The Jetson is part of Smokin’s new Future Freeride series of boards. Check out the others in TransWorld’s 2014 SIA gear preview posts.
A look at the lofty rocker in the nose (and tail) of this twin all-mountain rig.
The Jetson has subtle Magnetraction for edge bite in icy conditions.
Rome’s new Mountain Division 159 board with their new Katana bindings. A ripping deck for the entire mountain.
According to Rome the Mountain Division is a board “for those who don’t give a shit about a park.” The directional shape and positive, flat and rocker profile gives it a versatile ride.
The Mountain Division has carbon barrels in the tail for back-end stability and pop.