Science Behind the Shapes
Snowboarding has come a long way since the Snurfer. Influenced largely by surfing and skateboarding, many different shapes and sizes have emerged to meet riders needs in the mountains. Each design has its place, but two shapes have withstood the test of time and generations of riders: the swallowtail and pintail. But you need a board that can handle a variety of conditions and those are just powder boards, right? No, that’s a negative ghost rider. Sure these shapes draw their origins from riding untouched blankets of white in the backcountry, but contrary to popular opinion
Swallow and pintails aren’t just for powder!
When designed with the right sidecut, stiffness and taper, these boards will rail from turn to turn on firm snow and hold steady at speeds many all-mountain twins cannot. They’re shapes that have proved triumphant in the Tetons where one run often varies between powder, firm traverses and hardpack. Maybe it’s time to rethink your snowboard quiver?