Hey snowskaters! We know you love bideck and all, we keep getting comments that Proboard is a huge snowskate! It isn’t. Don’t get us wrong, we love snowskating! Bidecks are awesome and we think you’d love a Proboard. You’d be leaps and bounds above the others in experience when you start riding one, but the differences remain in a couple key elements that we believe makes this an all conditions board, so you can drop your quiver and head out to the mountain with the ultimate pow stick. #powtoparkinglot
First: many snowskates are a skate deck that gets all its floatation from a custom made ski and articulating trucks. We made our own snowboard sized carbon fiber top deck with the same concave as a skateboard deck to control a ski we made ourselves. Our trucks are static, taller than a snowskate truck and we also fabricated these ourselves.
Second: Even though you’ll have a distinct advantage over our snowboarders interested in Proboard there are some changes you’d need to made to your riding style. We have the whole top deck you can utilize when you’re in the pow!! Our grip runs the entire length of the board and our sidecut is much bigger, making your ride a bit different. Ride back in the pow, move forward and stand on top of the trucks for groomers!
Third: Our subdeck! Completely different. Our Supertip, a patented design, ensures the front of the board never dives in the snow. Stand back and watch the front of the board plow through the those bumps. Stay loose. Stay on top. Be aggressive. The Proboard likes it rough 😘
Our love for bideck products originated in wanting something new. Loving snowskating and riding bindingless, but needing a big mountain ride and wanting to change it up a little. We researched and developed Proboard in Revelstoke, BC. We ride big mountain terrain. That’s not to say snowskates can’t be big mountain. We run demos at Revy and plan to come to other resorts this season. See the differences for yourself this year. Ride a Proboard and tell your friends about the new bindingless bideck snowboard you ripped this winter! It’s not just a bigger snowskate. It’s a whole new ride.
DEMO DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Proboard Designs is proud to announce the development of the only completely carbon fibre top deck in the snowsports industry today. We blend different weaves of carbon fibre, 6 layers thick, to complete the top deck of the Proboard mounted on our one of a kind ski with circle strong trucks. This is ALL carbon fibre. No wood, foam, or other materials reside in this top deck. Our ski is bomber and remains the same but with added side cut this season for even easier carving.
New weights come in as below:
Wood Top Deck (alone, no grip, no ski): 6.84lbs
Carbon Fibre Top Deck (alone, no grip, no ski): 4.4lbs
Ski and Trucks (no top deck): 4.5lbs
Carbon Fibre Top Deck Board ( top deck, ski, trucks, grip ): 10.4lbs
Wood Top Deck Board ( wood top deck, ski, trucks, grip ): 14.23lbs
Believe us when we tell you… this top deck is an attention getter. It’s so shiny we had trouble taking pictures of it. It glints in the sunlight on a clear day and it feels light as a feather. When you lift the entire product you don’t expect how light it is. Smaller riders will want to consider this top deck as it is lighter and easier to manipulate than its equally sized but heavier counterpart made of wood. There is slight torsion that takes place when you move on the board and the trucks are a rigid design. Combine this with the new sidecut on the 2016 ski, and you have a winning combination.
PS- the above model is now for sale. Black grip, black topsheet ski, carbon fibre top deck. Interested? Use our contact page and get ahold of us.
After the 5th revision and now boasting one of the lightest trucks on the market at 95.5 grams per truck, we’ve finally settled on the best design. It’s a rigid design to provide quick response between the top deck and sub deck. Previous trucks had 8 pieces of hardware, new have only 4 further reducing the weight. Snow shedding capabilities have also improved and we’ve anodized them in two additional colors. Anodizing helps keep the aluminum from oxidizing and holds a better finish for the life of the truck. Find these on the new boards soon to hit Revelstoke local shops- The Cabin and Society Snow and Skate.
Jeremy Jensen from Grassroots Powsurfing came down for a day of sledding in Revelstoke throughout his Canadian travels. We traded products for a run and both easily transferred from one to the other as they share many attributes but are significantly different in their control and responsiveness. Grassroots Powsurfing is providing a quality product with excellent functionality for its genre. Happy to have the opportunity to try out new products every chance we get.
This year’s GT turned out to be a super fun time, lots of great people, tonnes of snow, and with the sun poking out, made for a memorable day. Proboard performed well, turning out a top 20 time and not missing out on any opportunities to catch some air. Always a good time to bring back memories of my youth through the innovations of one person’s perspective on the possibilities of a bindingless future.
Proboard can provide graphics that are made just for you with your input by a local artist for a small extra fee. However, if you have a projector and a bit of patience, you can do it yourself. Because it’s someone else’s art that would be used from the internet, we can’t do it for you. Check out Greg Ryan’s own design he picked and traced onto his 2014 Proboard directional model. Sure to turn heads and start conversations in the lift line. All this guy hears all day is, “that guys got no bindings!” I’m betting he’s going to hear lots in the lift line as walks through it to the chair too. See below for the steps!
Proboard would like to thank the following supporters over the years:
[one_third] Revelstoke Mountain Resort: the bindingless accessibility provided by their new age lifts allowing for foot traffic and large area[/one_third] [one_third] The Cabin: For taking on a new product and showing off its backcountry ability. Also for providing high quality board tuning equipment to help get Proboard on the slopes. [/one_third] [one_third_last] Society Snow and Skate: For the opportunity to showcase Proboard through the S-Games and Revy Rail Jam, helping to push the bindingless movement. Also making space in the store for product. [/one_third_last] [one_third]Get Rad Revelstoke: For getting Proboard on the world wide web and into the public eye. [/one_third] [one_third]
Somewon Collective: For support over the last… 11 years, and for their involvement in the future of Proboard
Above: Greg at the S-Games Image: Vanessa St-Yves
Article originally published in Get Rad Revelstoke by: Tennille Barber Images: Vanessa St-Yves, Seb Grondin, Tennille Barber, and Rob Alford
Soul riding is a term I’d thought had applied to a sport itself, however, I think I’ve discovered it may apply more to the person riding than the sport. Have you ever met someone who’s really passionate about not only riding but a creation of theirs that allows them to ride exactly how they please? These are the people who will push sports in new directions with outside-the-box ideas and willingness to experiment. They aren’t afraid to fail and go back to the drawing board to try something else. These riders are essentially artists who will inspire others to ride in new ways. Greg Ryan and ProBoard aspire to do just that. I met up with him on a sunny patio to drink beer and talk shop.