You can’t see it really well in the picture, but it has a photorealistic shot of a field of pink Gerberas on it. It’s green and pink. the fact that my gear is green is coincidence. The fact that my goggles are green is me being girly.
I got it when I was living in Japan, from a sporting goods store called “Murasaki [purple] Sports”. I also got boots and click-in bindings, which aren’t too popular for the simple fact that they don’t provide the same kind of support that conventional bindings do, but I like them because it takes me about 5 seconds to get into them. It’s not the best board in the world, it’s actually very flexy, but it grabbed me at first sight and since I was still thinking of it the next day, I bought it. That’s the rule- if you are still thinking about “it” (whatever “it” is) the next day, you’re buying ti.
I get a lot of compliments on it. I don’t think I’ve seen anything else as visually arresting. Except maybe their “Higher” board which has a blue sky with clouds (should have taken a pic of it when I saw it on the rack at Mt. Snow!).
I went skiing once before I went to Japan. I went to a few resorts out there and most of the people I went with were into snowboarding, so I tried it as well. It turned out to be more fun, and buying a board seemed like a good idea. The board was part of a deal with boots and bindings, and it’s paid for itself in saved rental fees. Okay, and it just looks cool.
Last summer I was a course marshall at the NORBA Nationals at Mt. Snow, VT. In addition to a very large t-shirt and lunch, not to mention a course side seat, I got two free lift tickets. Recently I got to use them- I took Aaron’s mom Ruth with me. She’s Swiss, a really good skiier, and has tested equipment for K2. She also skis in Utah, so she knows what real mountains are like. We had fun, and despite the fact that I can’t do moguls on that board she was a good sport about waiting for me.
Yes, my zipper pull is full of lift passes. I’m that kind of person. I had more of them, but I decided to get rid of multiples. I just like remembering all the places I’ve tried.
I think one of the things I’ll miss most about this area is that there’s decent ‘boarding a few hours away.