The Jib Experience

By Dave and Michael

Warning: the damage you are about to do to your board is irreversible, and anyone with a weak heart or an overattachment to a freeriding board should find another column to read right now.


You may have noticed that the magazine has spent a lot of time on the jib-almost to excess, if that is even possible. Well, after the death of The Jib Of The Month, we received a couple of letters demanding that the discipline of the jib not go unrecognized. The letters also stated the desire to learn more about how to jib better.

Besides practice, the obvious answer, jibbing is as much about the board as balance.

Look at the board under you. Today’s rider has forgotten, or maybe wasn’t around to remember the hand-crafted boards of yesteryear-the jib board. That’s right, in parks and parkinglots everywhere, jibbers young and old are riding the wrong equipment. You wouldn’t cut cheese with a chainsaw, would ya? Why would you jib with a new-fangled all-mountain freeride board?

Here’s a few common household items that’ll help you get on the out of that crowded backcountry and onto that ticket-window rail you’ve had your eye on since October. You’ll need: a tape measure-but a ruler will do; safety goggles-most accidents occur at home, and all the cool kids wear ’em; a medium sized felt-tipped pen-we like the Sharpie®; one ordinary frying pan-wide enough to reach both edges of the board; big file-any bastard will do; and a buddy-there again, any bastard will do: and last but not least a jigsaw, or any type of saw. We prefer power tools, but if you’re too young to use one-try a steak knife.

1. First, you’ll need the frying pan, measuring tape, and the felt-tip pen. With your buddy holding the frying pan on the base’s last point of edge contact, measure with the tape from the center, leaving one inch of rocker on the nose of the board and mark it with the pen. Confused? Look at the picture, dummy.

2. Line up the edge of the frying pan with the mark you just made. With your friend holding it steady, trace the pan with the pen.

3. With the jig-saw*, safety goggles, and preferably a chubby buddy to anchor the board to the sawhorse-or chair as seen here, go ahead and get jiggy wit it. Follow the line you drew around the frying pan-it’ll take all the guesswork out of it, and impress your friends.

*make sure you use a jigsaw with a small-toothed blade rated for metal with the jig saw, it’s worth the buck to get the job done right.

4. Take the bastard file and smooth it out, filing in one direction as shown.

5. Repeat steps 1-4 with the tail, high five your friends, and slide the rails fantastique!


Now you’re ready for that road trip to Jackson Hole, and tell ’em all Roan sent ‘cha!

Stay tuned next month for the T-Bolt Experience