Board: Winterstick Party Wave
Camber Option: Directional camrocker. Camber under foot and a rocker in the nose.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 21.5 Wide 15 Negative 12 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 195lbs
Resort: Arapahoe Basin
Conditions: Overcast skies with high visibility, 6 plus inches of blower pow that turned into hot pow, perfect groomers, zero wind, and humidity.
Flex: 100% directional flex. There’s a flex point in the nose right where the camber section meets the rocker and you’ll feel that move like a hinge in variable snow. From there it progressively stiffens back up under foot. There’s a moderate amount of torsional flex. The overall flex is just a hair past middle of the road powder freeride.
Stability: This board was super stable in most conditions. I only felt giant shock waves when I would hit that flex point in the nose. At speeds this board is just super damp yet remains a playful liveliness to it.
Ollies/Pop: This board isn’t overly snappy, it gets the job done in a pinch, but it’s not something that you’re going to find yourself jumping off everything. You do have to load the camber profile up and it will have a slight rebound to it, but as stated it’s not mind blowing.
Butterability: I tried repeatedly to butter the nose of this board, it can be done, but it’s not something that really warrants it. The board takes more effort than you want and even then you have to hit that flex point between the camber and rocker absolutely perfect.
Carving: This board is quick edge to edge. Short quick turns and long drawn out carves are its forté. You’ll notice on edge that the board has a unique ride due to its sidewall construction, it feels more lively and with more energy being driven down into it. When you really push off the tail this board has a bit of fight to it and doesn’t want to really drive aggressively. When railing hard carves it seems like there’s a bit of a limitation on this where it won’t fully engage and drive harder.
Rider in Mind: Someone that likes to make slashy surf turns and wants a unique ride.
Personal Thoughts: So this board does some of the best slash turns I’ve ever made. You can really drive that tail right down into the snow and pivot off it to make an aggressive turn. The float is phenomenal and doesn’t disappoint. In trees it’s quick and nimble which is always an advantage. The pop is there but not overly mind blowing it gets the job done and that’s it. It can carve on a groomer. What sets this board so far apart from others is the construction and how that equates to energy dissipation and transmission. You have to ride one for yourself to understand. And yes I know Bataleon has a board named the Party Wave as well, they ride differently.
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