In the 80’s there was this really bad Troma movie called Surf Nazi’s Must Die and in it there was a surfboard with a switchblade in the tip. I’d like to think that the design of the Happy Hours Stabby Twin shape was inspired by this great piece of cinematic schlock minus the retractable knife although that would be a cool thing to see. So as the season that wouldn’t end continued here’s what a day at Arapahoe Basin was like on this treacherous stunt stick.
Board: K2 Happy Hour
Camber Option: Flatline. So completely flat like your 7th grade girlfriend.
Bindings: K2 Auto Uprise
Angles: 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 T1 DB Size 10
My Weight: 160lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Mix of sun and clouds and a nice 50 degrees making it mashed potato snow from all the fresh powder we got over the weekend.
Preconceived Notions: It’s a Believer with Stabby Tips!
Flex: It’s that meld of hard charging freeriding with the playfulness of freestyle. So you get a solid deck that has a bit of give in the tips where it needs to be, stable under foot, and some play at the center that lets you twist the board for initiating turns.
Stability: Cut loose and bomb your favorite runs cause you’re not going to have an issue with this deck.
Ollies/Pop: This board was meant to be snapped into the sky. Hit a roller and pop, go in hot to a rail and pop, send a cliff and it just pops. Poppy liveliness really predestine this board for boosting.
Butterability: There’s enough give in the tips to let it be somewhat playful, the downside is the Stabby Tips sometimes catch in softer snow if you’re not being careful.
Cruising: Railing turns and being locked in are not an issue with this deck. You can lay a hard ass Euro Carve and pay homage to all those crazy hard-booters or you can be lazy and just skid your turns. Over all if you want to ride it hard and fast don’t hesitate to let loose.
Jibbing: The Stabby Tip can catch when doing hard nose presses so fair warning on that. Otherwise much like buttering it’s attainable but this board is meant more for jumping.
Rider in Mind: The backcountry freestylist who needs a board that can be playful but still charge or someone that’s spending more time sending jumps and boosting hits.
Personal Thoughts: When the snow started getting sticky the Flatline Camber profile suctioned right to the ground and drastically slowed me down. But to describe this board it’s meant to be raw, fast, and hard while charging around the mountain hitting everything in your path. I would have liked to have sent this thing on a pow day to see what how it would do spinning drops and bush gaps.
What They Say: The Happy Hour is the result of leaving the team alone to do what they want with each and every element of this all-new deck. A bit scary really. We are lucky no one was hurt. But the end result is the most bizarro genius fun board we’ve ever ridden.
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