If you snowboarded pre-2000’s you can probably remember a time when technology and equipment wasn’t exactly the best and being skillful in repairs as well as modification was needed to fully enjoy your snow sliding experience. It seems as snowboarding has grown and with companies improving on the tools of our trade there is a slight level of complacency in having the do it yourself mentality.
When I found this video of guys in Japan making plywood snowboards it reminded me of where some of us have come from and how a lot of people take things for granted.
Hard to believe that less than 20 years ago re-purposing snowboards was practical with t bolts and a skill saw. That once pointed-nose directional board could have its tip cut down to make it have less swing weight and its stance centered. Now you can find more boards that do the exact same thing than ever before. How about when you had to utilize ski boot liners or parts to stiffen a boot up? That was a fun time.
People today that started post 2002 seem to lack the ingenuity and creative spirit that made snowboarding interesting in the 90’s. Warranties have become too easy, and the idea of fixing a problem yourself has gone out the window. Oh your paint flaked off your binding? Here have a new set, instead of going fuck I can fix that with some Krylon fusion.
If you want a challenge that can be fun I suggest you look at your old snowboard gear and see how you can re-purpose it. Have a board you don’t ride anymore but it still has some life. Perhaps cut it into a swallow tail? A double swallow tail? Hell cut the tail off completely behind the back binding and make it a micro pow surfer.
What I’m getting at is don’t be afraid to go a different route and experiment with your equipment. Bring back the ideology that fixing or tweaking things yourself might help your riding. Wait till later this year when we launch a new video series on certain aspects of how to be a do it yourselfer.