157 Gnu Carbon Highbeam
157 Gnu Street Series
152 Gnu Street Series
155 DC PBJ
154 Gnu Street Series BTX
When i was 14 i picked up my first board and I have rode almost every single popular brand board and I always seem to put my money on Gnu...my first board i didnt know anything about snowboarding, i only payed $200 for my board so i though it was crappy but my dad knew a guy who was a wholesaler...didnt really clue in that my board was any good until i started buying magazines and seeing my board in photos, might just be brand loyalty or maybe they build solid boards they are still a rider company so i can live with my choices. next year looking at adding the devus walsh pro model DC to my collection.
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Does taking the trucks off your skateboard count?
This was the first board I bought, cost me $250 and about 6 weeks of putting money down on layaway back in 91. Although mine was used and cut down to a new school shape and I covered it up with skate stickers. I remember it was a pain in the ass to adjust my stance because the board was set up for regular foot, and the shop wanted to charge $2.50 per hole to drill out new holes for a goofy stance even after I had just paid the most money for anything in my life at the time. I think I actually said fuck that and never came back to that crappy store.
Hey, I remember that Kemper! Yes, cool! Mine was a 1991 Burton Air 6, with 3-strap bindings. I started in LaCrosse pac boots, which was pretty normal at the time. That was my senior year in high school. I was the only snowboarder in the student body and first ever in the "ski club". Pics from same and subsequent years, breaking new ground.
1st - 1995 Burton Contact - It was green. The tail broke after a couple days riding.
2nd - late 90s k2 - Not sure of the model, picked it up used. Rode it until it was stolen in 2000.
3rd - Kemper Upland - Got it cheap rode the heck out of it. Too much chatter once I got better.
Current - 2008 K2 Podium
Bought a Quiksilver Daggers 150 last year (slightly too small) for about $130. The board performs surprisingly well, though it's a bit stiff. Learning to turn on it was a pain, but now it rips up the mountain