It really is one of the greatest marketing gimmicks of all time.
Anything other than regular camber should be called a beginner board.
RC, hybrid, whatever, is like a set of training wheels.
Riding up the lifts and looking over at the bunny slope all I see are Never Summer, Libs, and Gnu's.
So it is obvious the marketing is working.
Companies like Never Summer and Mervin went into survival mode. The market was flooded with too many boards from previous years.
They created the hype put a couple of the pros on regular camber boards with the same graphics as the RC model and the wildfire started.
Who will be the first company to go back to regular camber in 2013?
Maybe Mervin will call it P2TX and act like they invented positive camber.
If you want to ollie low, feel out of control at high speed, and be the king of butters buy an RC board.
Wow... This really is one of the most gimmicky posts of all time. Let's hope no one falls for it like us blind sheep are falling for any type of Rocker.
I can't wait until BurtonAvenger jumps all over this post. It's going to be comedy gold.
As for my two cents... do you have any idea who Shane McConkey is? He might be a skier, but I suggest you read his story.
And which pro rides a cambered board with the graphics of a rocker one? Let's see your proof. Maybe you are mistaking it for the rocker version. Maybe you just don't realize that a lot of brands have both cambered and rockered versions of the same board.
Let's see, what to pick apart next. Oh yea... Ollie power. Something tells me you never stepped foot on a Ride DH2. You probably will never get on a Never Summer Proto CT. If you think boards like these don't have pop, then you have a serious flaw in your ollie technique.
Speaking of technique... either you have none or you are riding super rockered and soft boards that have no business being on a steep and fast run. I kind of think you lack technique though. I can bomb runs just fine with my Turbo Dream or Proto CT. Don't know why you're having problems Mr. Pro.
What's wrong with rockered boards being more forgiving? If that's the philosophy you live by, then start driving a stick shift car without any power steering or anti-lock brakes. After all, that other BS is just training wheels. Matter of fact, screw the car altogether and walk to your destination. Stop being such a beginner noob driving cars and riding bikes. Real men walk.
By the way, there are still plenty of camber options out there. They will always have a place in snowboarding. As for rocker tech, your post makes it blindingly obvious that you have no experience in the snowboarding industry. Rockers and hybrids aren't going anywhere. In fact, camber is becoming less and less common. Sorry buddy, right now the industry is focusing on building quality price-point boards... not busy working on positive cambered sticks.
You're also going to get a ish-storm from all the jibbers here. I'll let them tell you all the benefits of a rocker on rails.
You need to step outside of your bubble bro. I know you're a little paranoid about the state of marketing and all, but seriously... not everyone is out to get you.