I am a new member to this forum but not to boarding and I'm going to make my own all mountain hybrid from a positive camber board.
Thoroughly enjoying the forum. Some useful info and lots of laughs too
. One fella had me laugh out loud with this peach.
Anybody out there ever turned their regular board into a "Powder" board by cutting a bit off the back (To reduce lift on powder) Please let me know. Thanks
By Mike 50
After I stopped laughing I thought thats a great concept and big respect for thinking outside the box. I have doubts to
whether it will work, but it got me thinking.
I have a volkl zenit 161 positive camber. Its a sweet board but a bit of a monster. Its for an advanced rider which I am and as long as you stay totally focused on your edges and keep those knees bent it rewards with fantastic carving and great powder turns. However the moment you are slightly off guard and out of position it will have you eating shit or dive into the pow. I actually like the camber in the stiff tail and although you have to stay on point, that in itself is half the pleasure.
I have another board a ride highlife (10-11 158), which I ride most of the time. Its still got great carving and pow ability but its easier to play around on with the (slightly) rockered tips.
I ride mostly the highlife but the zenit still gets to stretch its legs once in a while (deep pow or just fun carving old school).
I love the nose on the highlife which is lowrise. Its gentle rocker and that makes it float effortlessly and it won't dive into the pow.
These days it seems the industry is moving back towards pos camber somewhere in the board. Ride has pos camber through the middle and the tail with a lowrize rocker in the tip and call it the all mountain hybrid.
Thats because you just can't match the control of a camber tail but rockered tips are just better for float (IMO).
Thats where Mike 50`s idea comes in. I will do a DIY (a less dramatic version), to try to rocker up the tip of my volkl.
Not much just enough to change the easy diving nose to an upturned floaty tip.
DIY all mountain rocker for 0 cash and very little work.
The more I look at the board the more certain I am it will work. The tip is softer and more flexible for pow already, it just wants to point downwards because of the pos camber. I will just gently and very gradually bend it up a little.
clamp down the front bindings and wedge something under the front tip as if in a nose press, not a huge stressy press just a very mellow one. I will leave it in that nose press for as long as it takes (still 3 months before serious riding here in Japan). I will take it out once a day and check the progress.
If anyone has any input as to why this cannot work speak now or forever hold your peace.
I will post some pics up to show the board in profile before and after.
I attached a pic or two before but it shows only as an attachment. How do I get it to be visible in the post?