2016-17 Grassroots Split-surfer models expand access possibilities, making the most functional and durable powsurfers on earth even more versatile. This isn’t the solution for everyone, but for riders with long ascent/descents and those wanting to access side country via ski resorts it’s a great way to access more powsurfing terrain.
Smiles, laughs, high fives and powder caked faces highlighted our powsurf session this past season at the Jackson Hole Powwow. With 50+ inches of fresh pow during the event, it was hard to go wrong.
Many of these babies were actually handcrafted over a year ago and they were just too beautiful to let go. I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to powsurfers, my house and walls are littered with them. It drives my wife absolutely crazy. Fortunately she sees the long hours and sleepless nights that I pour into this passion and she recognizes the unstoppable drive I have to get outside and rip as much pow as humanly possible. It obviously makes me happy and it is part of who I am so she puts up with it.
Sometimes I feel that I get carried away with designing and building things to be as functional as possible; ptex bases, fully gripped topsheets with deep concave, shapes based on performance rather than just aesthetics, etc. I want the boards I make to ride as good as possible, or else the experience is compromised. I feel the experience is really what it is all about, more so than how “cool” the board looks. I work to blend the two, but often times my mind chooses function over fashion.
So I decided to take a break from my normal attitude and focus on making something beautiful as priority one, but still make it ride great so as not to disappoint the rider. They may not be as fast and as durable as our ptex based boards but they are gorgeous.. so much so that you may not even want to ride them for fear of scratching them. Whether they end up on your wall or under your feet, these boards will certainly turn heads and put smiles on faces.
Check out whats available on the Grassroots Wooden Classics Page. Each of these are one-of-a-kind, personally handcrafted and signed. I hope the lucky few who pick these up enjoy them as much as I have. (wiping tears)
We’ve been having so much fun riding these shapes that we started to feel guilty keeping them all to ourselves. So 2013-14 is your lucky season! We are stoked to make these unique shapes available to the rest of the powsurfing community. Each board was designed and shaped by Jeremy Jensen and they handmade with care, one at a time in a tiny garage in Logan, Utah. Their sex appeal goes beyond just aesthetics, they back it up with performance.
We have been hard at work stocking up on boards for the upcoming season. Over the past spring and summer we’ve been playing a bit with some new shapes and styles.. . taking advantage of some of the scraps that are lying around. We are excited to get some of these on the snow. There are a few that we just built for fun and they probably aren’t the best everyday boards.. but they will have their days where they rip for sure. Unfortunately we will have to wait for snow to fall to find out.
“The Blue Bomber” is just one of a bunch of experimental shapes we’ve got brewing.
We have built and tested 30+ different shapes and sizes and it’s pretty cool to discover all of the differences in the way each one rides. Some subtle and others are very apparent. Some ride great and some will do better hanging on a wall somewhere. Shape is key.
A small collection of the quiver that has built up over the past 4 years.. the room wasn’t big enough for the whole quiv.
We decided to stick to a few shapes and sizes that have been tried and true for the 2011 line.
Shaping is a blast but we had to narrow down what we were going to offer to the public for now. There are a couple more that we may release after they have been properly tested and dialed in but this will likely be the line.
Adam in AZ is an old Winterstick rider from the 70’s. He saw what we have been doing and liked what was amped to have a custom board made for him. I customized this “Rocket” for him shaped for his height, weight and foot size. I wish I could have taken a few rides on her before I sent it off.
|Custom “Red Rocket” built for Adam in AZ.