A long, drawn out nose cuts effortlessly through the snow maximizing speed and float while the set-back, short radius sidecut and slightly flared crescent tail give it tight turning ability and a forgiving ride in variable conditions and shallow or settled pow. Great for weaving tight trees, ripping steep lines, and navigating technical terrain. The Barracuda 3D 140cm Powsurfer can handle the less than ideal conditions extremely well and it turns on a dime.
The CDC 3-Dimensional Base offeres the highest level of performance. Our 3-Dimensional Bases are specially designed to give the rider more precision board control and better performance in all conditions. The convex nose transitions smoothly into a double concave at the contact point of the rails, displacing and channeling snow to create better float, more speed, increased leverage to the rail and even better board feel. This enhanced interface between rider, board and snow makes a significant difference in the rider’s board control in every condition and especially when conditions are shallow or variable. More bite in your turns means better response to your movements, increasing agility and the ability to lay even deeper into your turns.
See this board in action in our short film series titled “The Powsurf Chronicles.”
Recommended Width Sizing:
“Standard” – US boot sizes: 9-13 / Weight: 130-230 lbs .
“Narrow” width – Ladies or youth and US boot sizes 7-9 / Weight: 100-200 lbs
“Fishbone” graphic by Jeremy Jensen | “Stag” graphic by Danny Christopher | “Phoenix” graphic by Erin Foggoa
Iker Lastra –
Stoked on riding this board! literally makes me feel like I’m 10 years old again.
Rob Kingwill –
I’ve ridden tons and tons of different powsurfers over the years, and the Grassroots Barracuda 140 3D is my all time favorite! It fits my foot perfectly (size 8.5), allowing for easy turn initiation. The rocker is perfect for riding steeper lines and not feeling out of control. It is my go-to board for riding Second Turn on Teton Pass. Make one turn on this beauty and your life will change forever!
Matt Quam –
My go to for steep tight trees or up to 10in spring snow. Works real well in variable conditions too.
Aaron Desrochers –
Cuts through all types of snow, including windbuffed and inconsistent pow. When I’m itching to powsurf and conditions are not bottomless this is the board I reach for. Also works good in ideal powsurf conditions and turns just like a snowboard but not quite as floaty and fast in the really deep snow when compared to the Powderslut and Flying Carpet models. Here’s a small edit showing the 140cm Barracuda in action: https://youtu.be/Tx5Rsb049XQ
Tobias Graser –
Tobias Graser – Munich, Germany – Barracuca 140 3D Review
I live in Munich and have been eying at grassroots for a few years now. The conditions here can’t be compared to Utah so it took me some time to finally make the decision to buy a barracuda 140 with 3d base.
Why the Barracuda?
Well, it’s supposed to handle anything from deep pow to less perfect snow and it’s a directional board. My freestlye days are over since ages and the only thing I’m interested in is making nice powturns. That means a directional shape should be fine. Besides that I have been riding powdersurfers with a length of 120cm before and they felt a bit short for a guy being 174cm tall and 74 kg heavy. In addition I wanted to try the 3D Base.
When the board arrived it was so well designed, that it made me smile just by looking at it. But of course I couldn’t wait to take it to the hills. Only problem: It was already mid of March and that means springtime in the mountains. So instead of heading to a little hill close by we had to go high up in the backcountry to find some northfacing slopes with powder. When we stood on a 2400m peak and looked at the steep slope that was covered with rocks we realized that this wasn’t our smartest decision.
But we had to get down somehow and so I stepped on the board with shaking knees. And to my surprise anything worked better than I anticipated. Very fast I realized that the most important thing is the right position. Moving the feet a little bit forward or backwards makes all the difference between control and chaos. With every turn I started to gain some confidence and things got better and better.
The tapered rockershape make the Barracuda float like a dream and turn on a dime. Another advantage of the rocker is that the nose comes up nicely when putting pressure on the tail. That might sound obvious but it’s important since there are no bindings to pull up the nose. The ride is very playful and agile – as long as there are the right conditions. These boards are called POWDERsurfers for a reason. I don’t say it’s impossible to ride slush, hardpack or groomers but that’s clearly beyond my skills.
The width is primary tailored for epic snowconditions which means the backfoot stands directly above the edges while the board is wider than the sole of the front foot. That results in great float but it forces the rider to start turns a bit different than on a snowboard.
The large foodbeds offer multiple stance positions and allow the feet to sink in a little bit which adds more traction. It takes some time to find the perfect position but once you stand in the right spot, the boardcontrol increases rapidly.
What else? The base is fast and the length was just right for me. A more detailed review would take some more storms. All I can say now is that riding this board took me back in time when I linked my first turns on a snowboard and when every few turns without a bail were a huge success. Conquering the smallest hills without bindings made me feel like a hero. That excitement is hard to find on a snowboard. That’s why I would recommend a powdersurfer for everyone who is seeking a new kick in his snowsliding journey. It’s just so much fun!
Tobias Graser –
got my Barracuda last week and had to ride it instantly. Only problem: they are already selling icecream to shortsleeved people in the streets here. So we had do go pretty high to find some pow. That led to some very scary first turns. On rockcovered slopes. But it was so worth it. When you finally find the right position and link some turns – that feels so damn good. But whom do i tell that?
Wrote a little review here: http://tobitours.com/2016/03/20/grassroots-barracuda-140-test/
That board is nearly too pretty to ride it
Louis Ricard –
I have a barracuda 140cm without the 3D base. The size is perfect to me. I’m 6 foot flush, 150lbs.
The construction is solid. I have been using it for probably 7 years and it still in very good conditions, even the top mat is still effective and does not dry out and crumble. Good float for my 150 pound weight. The board is effective in about 12 inches of fresh snow. The tapper tail is quick to maneuver through the trees here on the east coast. I found more efficient the board the more I place my foot at the end of the tail and the mat allows that. No issue with grip, I use real cheap soft snow boots. The board is lite enough to carry in hand during short boots pack hike. The base is fast on most of the days, some times it feels a bit slow from the heavy taper in light snow but a good wax choice would probably give more speed.
Still get the best felling out of that surf ❤️ and I think it’s gonna be good for a long time. Great product.