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?


About Mikey Franco

My standing sideways obsession began with skateboarding in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The first half pipe I ever skated was called the Glass Glider. It was a blue fiberglass ramp, straight out of the 70’s. It was that moment that I new standing sideways was going to be a lifelong obsession for me. My first board was the one I am on pictured here: A Burton Performer, aka “woody”. Immediately upon sliding on snow I felt the juice. Cold air, snow, continuing my summer skate obsession all year long. It was life changing. I shaped my entire adult working career around snowboarding through teaching, coaching and guiding to designing and shaping. While we make any shape imaginable, its building the old school shapes that snowboarding truly grew out of that makes me light up!