A story on bindingless riding just dropped in Canada’s finest snowboard magazine and we were kindly included in the run down of various board options. We are hyped that Snowboard Canada would be willing to work with us and spend a few days in the backcountry gathering images and memories. We had a blast up there and can’t wait to get back up there for more.
The article gave a run-down of a few board options that exist out there and stated a few characteristics of each brand. As with any media, things often get confused or missed in communication. We were labelled as the “skate – style” company which we suppose was fair because we make sure that our boards are the least restrictive and are designed to allow the rider to fully take advantage of not having the board attached. They also ollie better and are more agile and controllable than anything out there and that goes a long way. What was not mentioned is how they handled any and all conditions we threw at them. When all the other boards were either unrideable in the conditions or forcing the rider to grab that dreadful rope for control, our boards were still ruling those conditions. Fully hands free and truly binding free. And that certainly deserved mention. They also produce a unique ride and feel that is much different from your typical snowboard.. much more surf-like (more so than Skate-like) and very agile.. something we are very proud of and something that has taken years of R&D to accomplish. We were a little bummed to be labeled as just the “skater dudes” here, as that is just a small part of what we are about.. but stoked to be included and honored to go powsurfing with Canadian legends that I spent my childhood idolizing. Watch the video below that was made from the first 4 days of our trip.. and see what our boards are all about!
I hate to be picky.. but the quote used in the article was very misleading.. It was taken from two quotes, and mixed together out of context, missing the entire point I was trying to get across. I spoke about how I originally started by just taking the bindings off of snowboards to see if it was possible to ride without bindings. What they left out were my words about how snowboards don’t make good bindingless boards! and they don’t perform well unless it is knee deep blower pow! (this is why so many noboarders use the rope) This is the whole reason why we started shaping my own and also the reason that our boards look and ride nothing like traditional snowboards. We wanted something that had precision control in varying conditions and allowed the freedom to ollie, spin and flip the board, and have really good control in a variety of conditions. Snowboard shape and construction did not allow for this and that is why Grassroots powsurfers are built and designed the way they are.
We pride ourselves in offering a variety of shapes to accomodate riders of any size and style. They are so incredibly “surfy” and fun.. much different than a snowboard feel. We have spent years perfecting them so it’s a bummer when we get labelled so narrowly as simply “the skate style” guys in the article. All you have to do is watch any of our films and see the boards in action and it’s clear that skate-style riding is only a fraction of what our boards excel at. But on that same note.. skateboarding is the most technically difficult sport on the planet and has progressed leaps and bounds beyond anyone’s wildest expectations.. We hope to do the same for powsurfing.
Snowboard Canada deserves a HUGE thanks for the article and efforts. Jeff Patterson and Rob Stevens were instrumental in bringing all these riders together and making these 4 days some of the best days of the season. Cheers amigos!! See you again soon.
Our trip to Canada was a blast.. one of the funnest trips of my life. The film in this article is just 4 days of riding and there is so much more to see! We will release more footage as time permits from the rest of the trip.
Grassroots riders Jeremy Jensen and Scotty Arnold take a trip up north to powsurf with a handful of Canadian rippers. 4 days of sunshine and dry powder conditions in the Coastal mountains of British Columbia had stoke levels high as ever. Most of our Canadian friends were riding Grassroots Powsurfers for the first time and seeing the stoke and the smiles on their faces at the bottom of every run made the trip that much better.
Riders: DCP, Kevin Sansalone, Alex Warburton, Justin Lamoureux, Rob Stevens, Scott Gaffney, Scotty Arnold, and Jeremy Jensen.
Stoked to give you a glimpse into this season’s Chronicles. ENJOY!
Here’s a quick tease of what’s to come in this season’s Powsurf Chronicles short films. Grassroots Powdersurfing was founded in 2007 to create a pure, binding-free powder-riding experience. Drawing inspiration from skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding, we designed & handcrafted boards that enabled a new style of creativity, self expression and progression. We’ve spent the past 7 years pushing the boundaries of what is possible on our powsurfers and loving every second of it. The Powsurf Chronicles films offer a glimpse of what powsurfing is all about and focuses on the best things in life; people, places, and powder.
Stay tuned for episodes dropping this winter. Visit us at www.powsurf.com to learn more and pick out the right board for you.
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 couldn’t be more stoked on the new graphics for this season’s boards. We have collaborated with some brilliant artists in the US and Canada to give this year’s powsurfers a great new look. The “stock” line consists of our best selling shapes that we have offered over the years. The Powder Skate Twin, the Slasher, the Powder Shark, and our best selling model- the Powder Slut.
Colby Eubanks airbrushed the Powder Skate graphic back in 2000 on one of my skateboards. It was so fitting for the “Powder Skate” model that I had to bring it back.
Jordan Nielsen is an LA based artist who created the “Slasher” and the “Powder Shark” graphics. Jordan’s creates some great illustrations and design work and is currently working his dream job designing Vans shoes.
Vanessa Stark is responsible for the graphic on this year’s “Powder Slut”. Vanessa lives in Pemberton BC and draws here inspiration from a healthy outdoor lifestyle. Aside from being a brilliant artist she is a full on ripper on the snow, a mother, and a damn good cook.
We are stoked and proud to have such talented people contributing to this years line of boards.
If you haven’t checked out Kronicle backcountry snowboard magazine yet then you are missing out. This is a great magazine, packed full of mouth watering photography, backcountry gear reviews and great stories. This mag is geared towards people who love exploring the backcountry and riding fresh pow. We highly recommend buying a copy or two of their print material and following them online. Last week Jeremy Jensen, owner/creator of Grassroots Powdersurfing sat down with Kronicle Magazine to talk about the history of Grassroots and what the future holds for binding-free riding. Click the link below to check it out, and don’t forget to subscribe to their feed, their facebook page and their print mag. You will be glad you did.
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!