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Top 5 Customizers in Board Sports

I guess they’re called “customizers”?  Or…are they called “configurators”?  I’m referring to those fun little things where you can take a product that exists and personalize it to make it unique to you, to make it your own.  They’re like low-consideration versions of the SIMS.  I like building my own Toyota.  I like designing my own Nikes.  I even have a Bitmoji.  But, it’s when these amusing digital diversions cross paths with my passions – surfing, snowboarding, wake, etc. – that things get really good.  Given all of that, I’m proud to present…

My Top 5 Customizers in Board Sports:

1. Oakley Custom

With Oakley’s customizer you can “Make It Yours” in a couple of different categories, but…as far as I’m concerned, it’s all about the sunglasses.  I took the Holbrook…and gave it a Gray Smoke frame, matte black icons, and Dark Bronze lenses.  The result is kind of like my nod to Lefty Ruggiero.  Check it out:

My Oakley Custom Holbrook

My Oakley Custom Holbrook

 

2. Converse Blank Canvas

For this one I went with the updated, yet highly classic and relevant Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Ox.  What I came up with is like a run-in between the kids from that Hoosiers movie and every hipster in East Atlanta.  The hackneyed, if not vain, “PERSONAL iD” on the heel stripe is part of the presentation.

 

3. Board Builder : Channel Islands Surfboards

In my estimation, Al Merrick is the preeminent shaper in the history of surfing.  I paddled out on my first Channel Islands (an MBM) over a decade ago.  I don’t know that I could bring myself to ride anything without the Al Merrick stamp on it.  My shape of choice in this exercise was the current iteration of the Flyer; the aptly named “New Flyer.”  I set up the stringer, the fin plugs…everything.  You can even add air brush art work.  This customization is inspired by Tom Curren.  She’s beautiful.

 

4. Design Your Nautique

We (as in…Ambush Board Co. and BuyWake.com) have been friends of and partners with Nautique in a major way for many, many years.  It’s pretty much objectively true that Nautique produces the best wake boats.  The wake they throw is firm, rampy (is that a word?), and huge.  C’mon, I’ll take you for a pull behind this:

 

5. Lib Tech’s DIY Board Builder

Lib Tech is short for Liberace Technologies, a reference to “Mr. Showmanship,” as well as to Lib Tech’s radically innovative approach to snowboard design and absolute commitment to environmental sustainability.  Lib has long since made a believer out of me.
I want one snowboard that excels in any terrain and in all conditions.  More specifically, I want the Lib Tech TRS – XC2 BTX.  Let’s be real, black is the new black…and the Classic Logo Black top is irresistible (for whatever reason, though, I selected the Classic Logo White base).  I referenced the whole “Banana” thing with black/yellow sidewalls.  This thing is bad:

I woke up like this...

I woke up like this…

 

So…that’s my top 5 customizers in board sports.  Thank you for indulging me.  If you have any favorites of your own, please post a comment below.

Peace Park w/ Danny Davis and Ben Ferguson

Danny Davis is on another level and Peace Park proves it.  Sit back and enjoy this really good edit of Danny and Ben with Friends at the Peace Park.   Thanks to Snow Park Technologies, Grand Targhee Resort and MOUNTAIN DEW they were able to showcase Danny and Ben’s attention to style and innovation, along with Mark McMorris, Roope Tonteri, and Gabe Ferguson.

Checkout all the new 2015 Burton Gear available now!

2015 Burton Kid’s Kit

It’s such a better time today to teach the kids how to shred.  The equipment today is light-years ahead of what we first learned to ride on.  Gone are the days of ski overalls and cotton thermals, too.  Today the youth get the same technology and features that the adults have and even the same outerwear, but scaled to fit.  Teaching the youth to ride may come with its own set of challenges, but I guarantee that if they are comfortable in their outerwear and really dig their board and their boots fit properly, it makes all the difference.  Burton has always looked out for the kids, and they have some of the best youth equipment available.   This Kid’s Kit is perfect for the fist timer or the kid who is training in the Junior Worlds Team of snowboarding.  Contact us and let us help you build the ultimate setup for your lil’ buddy!

2015 Burton Grom Boot:
Defiantly the most important thing for a young rider to have are a good pair of boots.  If the boots are uncomfortable, then the day is already over.  Get your future shredder started on the right path with the Burton Grom Boot.  Oversized Shred Ready Velcro straps get the kiddos out on the mountain faster, while 3M Thinsulate insulation keeps them warm and dry all day long.  The super cushioned kid’s DynoLite outsole provides better balance, traction, and comfort.  And, as a bonus, the Room-To-Grow footbed will accommodate the next shoe size up, since we all know kids grow so fast!

2015 Burton Mission Smalls Binding:
It’s here!  The binding of legend, redesigned with flex and fit fine-tuned for younger rippers.  Built with the same blueprint of dependability as its big brother, the Mission YouthSmalls gives kids a lean, mean, all-around shreddin’ machine. The pro-grade straps and ergonomic team-issue hi-backs are a first for kids bindings…while ample cushioning softens everything from kiddie slopes to cliff drops and park laps.  Just as good as the bindings you own and perfect for the little ripper in your life!

2015 Shaun White Smalls Snowboard:
The Smalls is a downsized version of what Shaun White himself rides.  It’s also easy to handle thanks to the added V-Rocker!  The Shaun White Smalls is a logical step for riders who’ve outgrown the Chopper and Chicklet, but aren’t quite ready for the competitive edge of the ProTest.  The Burton Shaun White Smalls is forgiving, fun, and ready to tackle all terrain with equal fury.

Burton Boy’s Fray Jacket:
Settle any conflict between style and function with the boy’s Burton Fray Jacket.  Plaid options keep the lumberjack look on lock, while storm-proofing is stepped up for kids who spend all winter outdoors.  Targeted insulation keeps groms toasty in all the right places while promoting mobility for strapping in and shoveling.  A secure sound pocket, helmet-friendly hood, and snow-blocking waist gaiter round out the performance of a jacket that’ll work just as well off-hill, too.

Burton Boy’s Exile Cargo Pant:
For team riders and rookies alike, the boys’ Burton Exile Cargo Pant is an everyday winner with its classic style, midweight warmth, and extra weatherproof/breathable DRYRIDE 2L fabric.  Low-profile Thermacore insulation keeps the heat cranked for all day (and night) sessions.  Inner thigh vents prevent overheating, boot gaiters battle building snows, while lots of pockets mean you’re always prepared.  Check the laundry list of standard features—this pant is stacked!

 

2015 Burton Kid's Pick

2015 Burton Kid’s Pick

 

2015 Burton Men’s Kit

Every year when new gear arrives for the season we often find ourselves on BuySnow building our favorite kit for the year.  This year is no different and some of the best looking gear we have is from Burton.  Burton kills it every year and their history in the sport is legendary.  The quality put into their design and ultimately their products is unmatched.   Contact us and let us help you build your ultimate set up!

This men’s pick is for riders of all skill levels and budgets.  Anybody can step into any one of these products and feel comfortable and confident in his riding.

2015 Burton Dunmore Jacket:
Burton rolled out a few new jackets in their 2015 line and we are excited about the Dunmore Jacket, to say the least!  This jacket combines durability and style to give you the full package.  Whoever said you had to sacrifice utility for style was seriously wrong.  This jacket has premium waterproofing/breathability and light warmth with a mid fit, so there’s some room for layering.

2015 Burton Covert Pant:
New to the 2015 lineup is the Covert Pant.  This pant features DRYRIDE Durashell 2-Layer for premium waterproofing/breathability.  It also features a Shell Mapped with Mesh and Taffeta Lining for shell warmth.  They come in a Sig Fit so there is plenty of room for layering.  Ideal for a good runs on some freshies.

2015 Burton Moto Boot:
The world’s best-selling boot.  Lightweight and easy with a broken-in fit you can feel from the start.  If you are a beginner/intermediate rider and looking to make record time from lodge to lift line, the hassle-free Speed Zone lacing is for you.  This boot also comes with Shrinkage Technology that reduces your footprint an entire size and allows for excess weight to be shed.  You’ll find the DynoLite outsole to be another perk of the Moto boot, equipped with the sleeping bag reflective foil that lies beneath your foot to keep your feet dryer and warmer for a longer day on the mountain.  Moto’s proven comfort will improve your skills as you explore the entire mountain.

2015 Burton Mission EST Binding:
The most diverse stance options you can get is with the Burton EST system.  The workhorse of the EST lineup, the Misson’s Sensory BED cushions everything you’ll encounter while letting more of the feel through for improved control.  The hi-back offers the option of zero forward lean for riders who dig a more relaxed and playful feel.

2015 Burton Process Flying V (159):  If it’s good enough for an Olympic gold medal winner and all-mountain rippers like Mark McMorris, you know it’s good.  It’s not an overly engineered board so any rider should be able to maximize the fun on this shred stick.

 

Ultimate Burton Men's Kit

Ultimate Burton Men’s Kit

The Future of Snowboarding Videos

Snowboarders Mike Baisch and Nicholas Wolken teamed up with Christoph Thoresen to get some experimental snowboard footage with a drone and a GoPro. Watch as the trio stacks some unique footage for followcopter in the back country.

GoPro + Drone

More on GoPro cameras and accessories.

Shredacation at Park City with BuySnow

Cole Vanhof recently put his wakeboard  in storage and hopped on a plane to Salt Lake City. Well, it was only a two day trip but was quite fruitful. Press play and watch Cole Vanhoff and Nick Gaddy among others, take to the terrain of Park City Mtn. Resort.

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Renting vs. Owning a Snowboard Setup

The debate is settled. For approximately the same amount of money you would spend on renting this season you could get your very own premium, high-performance snowboard setup. Plus you never have to give it back. Check the facts below.

Proof that Buying a Snowboard, Bindings, and Boots is better and less expensive.

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