It seems we had to wait longer than ever before to get a taste of powder this year but as always it’s well worth the wait. It was mid November when finally a couple of feet blanketed our special zone that we have re-visited for the past 25 years. I learned to snowboard here nearly 25 years, I learned to powsurf here 14 years ago and it just never gets old. So many nooks and crannies that hold special memories and continue to dish out great memories on every visit. Welcome winter!!
Even 5 inches on dirt is enough to surf when you get the type of floatation that a Grassroots Powsurfer provides. Weed Wackin’!
RC and I made multiple laps this day, making shallow slalom skateboard-like turns so we didn’t scrape bottom. So fun watching weeds explode before our eyes and challenging to control speed without taking any speed scrub turns.
Riding 5″ on dirt was a bit of a tease but fun nonetheless. 2 weeks later we got a real dump with 2 new feet to fill things in so we could really slash the pow. Still a bit thin for coverage but it’s amazing how much fun you can squeeze out of just a little bit of snow. That’s part of the magic of powsurfing.
14 years ago Brandon Saunders and I brought up an old Winterstick Round Tail plus to this very zone for some of our first big binding free runs. We were amazed that it was possible to link turns and so full of stoke and thoughts about the future and how we could make a board that would work even better. It was great to re-unite with Brandon and get him back on snow again. This time on powsurfers designed and shaped for this very thing.. Brandon was so hyped and amazed with riding boards that were designed for this very purpose. Welcome back Brandon!
Dodging stumps, fallen trees, logs and rocks in the tight woods..scary but so much fun! That smile says it all.
What would an early season at the “sacred grove” be without a little fun in the campground? We finished off hot pow laps with some pole jammin for desert.
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.
Reading the title of this article I was a little estranged. “Local business owner creates extreme sport” seemed like a pretty big claim. It’s a stretch to put a finger on who “created” powsurfing, or the act of sliding sideways down mountains on boards free from bindings and ropes. It’s kind of like saying someone invented playing catch, or was the first person to run or skip. The concept and practice of binding-free snow sliding dates back centuries at the least. What we at Grassroots have done is create a tool (or toy) to encourage and enable riders to take this form of snow sliding to new levels, incorporating contemporary skate style and more of a true surf style than what we had seen in the past. We felt that if you were going to ride a bindingless board then it should be a board designed specifically for that task (rather than throwing a pad on a snowboard that is designed and built to be ridden with bindings) and you may as well be able to take full advantage of not having a board strapped onto your feet. Spin it, flip it, ollie it,.. make the most out of your ride to the bottom. If that’s what constitutes the creation of a new extreme sport then I guess we’ll wear that hat with pride.
Here’s a link to the article. http://www.usustatesman.com/local-business-owner-creates-extreme-sport-1.2808749#.USaN5Y5EAso
While some of the world hunkered down to prepare for armageddon, the Grassroots crew headed into the hills to celebrate the solstice the best we know how, by enjoying life to the fullest. A fresh couple of feet had fallen over the past couple of days and the skies turned blue for us. The shortest day of the year brings seriously epic light on a bluebird day.. long shadows and cold smoke conditions made this one extra special.
Mike Lane, a good friend from back in the day was in town from Santa Cruz. Lane has been surfing non-stop out there for a few years now and he was back to test his skills on the snow. Lane slayed the steeps and threw in a few good ollies in the process.
Lane only had a couple of powsurfing days under his belt but he ripped it like a veteran. There was no second guessing or hesitation when we hit the steeper slopes, just fearless charging and big smiles at the bottom. While the snowpack was relatively shallow, there is no complaining about fresh cold smoke on a bluebird day. We seized the day and made the most of what we had to work with, slashing every slash in sight, and popping every fun button. We milked every last bit of sunlight and left stoked. So hyped on a new season of exploring possibilities and celebrating a new take on a familiar past time. Happy Solstice!
Grassroots founder and creator sits down with Ed from Buoloco.com to talk about the future of powsurfing and binding-free riding.