Finally after getting to sit down and watch the boardercross (I’m not calling it snowboard cross copyright be damned) I immediately noticed that the riders appeared to be using some pretty wonky looking decks. After seeing the conditions they were hauling ass in it made me think: “why are they using those boards?” Turns out the majority of riders, including gold Seth Westcott and silver medalist Mike Robertson were using Kessler snowboards.
Apparently accoridng to the marketing material:
“According to Hansjürg Kessler, the most important component of the boards’ success is the KST shape … with a totally revolutionary nose shape, camber profile and taper to ensure fantastic edgehold as well as incredibly efficient and smooth turn initiation and completion.”
“Unlike other board designs, which can overpressure the tip and tail during a turn (exhibited as a tendency for the nose to “dive” or “plow” during turn initiation, and the tail to “hook” at the end of the turn) …”
(EDIT UPDate: a reader just commented that’s an Oxess deck. Still crazy looking)
The funny thing is if you watch Seth Wescott’s qualifying run and Nate Holland’s final run there appears to be some hook and spin out. Unsure if it was the board, the amazingly crappy conditions ro a combination of the two but if there ever looked like a moment for a traditional camber Jamie Lynn Phoenix, Burton Custom X … that would have been it. A word to Kessler $1400 is a steep price tag to stay in the shred stick arms race every 4 years.
(Edit Note: I’m unsure of this is a kessler deck it just sure as hell doesn’t look fast or agile)