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Offshore Mon
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09/01/2019 3:55 pm  
Posted by: rooftop

I'll be at Niseko Backcountry Lodge

@rooftop Ok cool. I am just around the corner from you. My factory is on the main road just down from the lifts. 

I will ask Yama what day/time he might be at the factory next week, and will let you know.


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10/01/2019 8:07 pm  

Hey @rooftop, Is there a certain day that would suit you best next week?


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11/01/2019 7:55 am  
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Hey @rooftop, Is there a certain day that would suit you best next week?

Tuesday should work well!


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11/01/2019 4:45 pm  
Posted by: Offshore Mon

Hi All,

My name is Josh Mon. I own & operate Offshore.

I am new to all of this, but thought I would jump on and try and connect. Not sure if that is kosher, but being a small indie brand, it seemed like a good way to communicate with people interested in my boards.

Any questions, let me know. Happy to help out in anyway.

Cheers,

Mon

Awesome. Cheers Josh,

 I will be staying at Lodge Moiwa 834 for about a week from Feb 17. As posted above I’m interested in the Snurfs up 160. If there is a chance to do a few laps at Moiwa on one that would be great.

Also the “twin pins” on the Snurfs up. What are they? Carbon?

thanks


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13/01/2019 12:32 am  
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Hey @shredder,

Thanks for the welcome, and stoked you like my boards.

Definitely can help line up a test board if you are ever in the Niseko area. My factory is at the base of Moiwa resort. Where are you located/ride?

Cheers mate! I’m from Tassie- I chatted to you a few years back over email about demoing some boards down here when I was the buyer for the store I was working in, which has unfortunately closed now.

We are headed over to Japan Jan 2020, but I know Adam at Rhythm so maybe we can organise something for this Southern winter. 

I saw you have some boards at Twelve now too! Stoked for ya!

5’9 (176cm) - 172Ibs - (78kg) - Goofy - US 9.5 B SLX, 9 Ion, B Cartel, Genesis, Now Pilot (med). Taper, camber, pow shapes


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13/01/2019 2:51 am  
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Hey @rooftop, Is there a certain day that would suit you best next week?

Tuesday should work well!

Hey @rooftop,

Ok no worries Alex. I will ask him what time he can make it to the factory, and try and line it up for you. 


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13/01/2019 3:02 am  
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Hi All,

My name is Josh Mon. I own & operate Offshore.

I am new to all of this, but thought I would jump on and try and connect. Not sure if that is kosher, but being a small indie brand, it seemed like a good way to communicate with people interested in my boards.

Any questions, let me know. Happy to help out in anyway.

Cheers,

Mon

Awesome. Cheers Josh,

 I will be staying at Lodge Moiwa 834 for about a week from Feb 17. As posted above I’m interested in the Snurfs up 160. If there is a chance to do a few laps at Moiwa on one that would be great.

Also the “twin pins” on the Snurfs up. What are they? Carbon?

thanks

Hey @burkhart,

Definitely should not be a problem. Just keep in touch on here/social/email. Be stoked for you to try one out.

The "twin pins" and "punt pins" are both made using carbon and flax. We wrap the resin soaked carbon around the flax, in a sushi like fashion, and press inside a mold in the snowboard press. We then shape the pressed mix of carbon/flax/resin into the required shaped on a sander. The "twin pins" are smaller and are placed on an angle near the tail section to help with response, stability and drive through turns. The 'punt pins" are longer and are placed in the nose and tail areas to help with pop and stability. We developed this technology with Paul McGinty (ex-Ride/K2 Engineer, now working for Tesla), when we brought him over to the factory with Russ Winfield a few years back. It was mad few weeks of product testing different ideas, without much sleep. The flax fibres add a nice natural/damp feel, compared to just purely using carbon. 

If you have any other questions, just let me know.

Thanks for the interest in the boards!


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13/01/2019 3:04 am  
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Hey @shredder,

Thanks for the welcome, and stoked you like my boards.

Definitely can help line up a test board if you are ever in the Niseko area. My factory is at the base of Moiwa resort. Where are you located/ride?

Cheers mate! I’m from Tassie- I chatted to you a few years back over email about demoing some boards down here when I was the buyer for the store I was working in, which has unfortunately closed now.

We are headed over to Japan Jan 2020, but I know Adam at Rhythm so maybe we can organise something for this Southern winter. 

I saw you have some boards at Twelve now too! Stoked for ya!

Hey @shredder,

Yes, I remember when we were chatting. I was (and still am), very interested in the mountains of Tassie. Would love to try and get down and score both some waves and snow.

Adam is a good man, I am sure he will sort you out. Let me know when you make it over in 2020. Would be nice to meet in person and share some turns.

I hope you have been having a good summer!


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14/01/2019 1:44 am  
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Hey @shredder,

Thanks for the welcome, and stoked you like my boards.

Definitely can help line up a test board if you are ever in the Niseko area. My factory is at the base of Moiwa resort. Where are you located/ride?

Cheers mate! I’m from Tassie- I chatted to you a few years back over email about demoing some boards down here when I was the buyer for the store I was working in, which has unfortunately closed now.

We are headed over to Japan Jan 2020, but I know Adam at Rhythm so maybe we can organise something for this Southern winter. 

I saw you have some boards at Twelve now too! Stoked for ya!

Hey @shredder,

Yes, I remember when we were chatting. I was (and still am), very interested in the mountains of Tassie. Would love to try and get down and score both some waves and snow.

Adam is a good man, I am sure he will sort you out. Let me know when you make it over in 2020. Would be nice to meet in person and share some turns.

I hope you have been having a good summer!

Thanks Josh! Definitely will let you know. If your ever headed down here I can show you round.. Waves and Mountains!

 

5’9 (176cm) - 172Ibs - (78kg) - Goofy - US 9.5 B SLX, 9 Ion, B Cartel, Genesis, Now Pilot (med). Taper, camber, pow shapes


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14/01/2019 11:31 pm  

Hey @rooftop,

Sorry for the late notice, but Yama will be in the factory from 5pm-6-pm today, if you want to walk down down and grab a board to demo.

Cheers,

Josh


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28/01/2019 5:59 pm  

Returned from Japan yesterday and I have some free time, so here's an update!

I had a chance a few weeks ago to check out Offshore's Factory and center of operations. To say I'm impressed is a massive understatement. I actually got to check out the factory twice, which I'll detail below.

Offshore's center of ops if right at the base of Moiwa Ski Resort. If you're unfamiliar with Moiwa, I suggest you educate yourself. I don't want to completely give away the secret but this little place is a gem. FYI- My first day of riding there, I ran into Travis Rice. Orange Man is a regular. Rumor is that Terje is a frequent guest as well. OFSR is located here for a reason. They're a 2 minute walk from a lift to access some of the greatest powder in the world. This was my second trip here and it won't be my last.

 

Josh organized my visit to the factory while one of his helpers, Yama was on site. He showed some of their processes, materials, and gave a general factory tour. Admittedly, I don't know more than the basics of how to build a snowboard. I know general materials, processes,  etc., but speaking to Yama it was evident OFSR knows exactly what is up- more on that later. It's my understanding Yama is an ex-carpenter and his attention to detail shows that. His work is flawless and reminded me of japanese woodworking.

Although I originally planned on riding a cabin fever, Yama showed me a Half Baked '57 that as soon as I saw, I knew I had to ride. This is the only offshore board I ended up riding and I regret it heavily as it was incredibly fun and I can only expect the same from the rest of the lineup. 

The next day was an epic powder day at Rusutsu. Bottomless snow, no crowds, free refills all day. The Half baked was the perfect tool for the job. I picked this board at first because it reminded me of the Kazu- similar shape, similar camber profile. In practice, it was very different. Where a Kazu is aggressive, this board was playful. I spent all day buttering, spinning, and hopping off everything with ease. Admittedly, it was much softer than I expected. It may not be the right tool in the PNW because of it's softness but here in the land of Japow it was incredibly fun. We spent all day in the trees and this board handled everything I wanted it to (except for a 15' cliff but I'll blame that mainly on user error). I think I'd be a better fit for a Winfield or a Cabin Fever at home due to cascade concrete, but this was japan and I had the proper tool for the day.

I went to return the board a few days later and met Ritchie, the other partner aside from Josh. He invited me in for tea and we discussed OFSR's story and process in depth. If Josh wants to explain that any more, I'll let him but I'll summarize what I've learned.

These guys are doing things right. Offshore spent years developing their ideas, boards, materials, and processes and it shows. All materials are best in the industry. Period. No corners are being cut. The're using the fastest bases available. Their fiberglass structure is hand selected after looking it over with a magnifying glass for it's quality. Shapes are set after trial and error and endless product development. I'm amazed by the operation they are running from a little unassuming cabin in a tiny "village" outside of Niseko. This a passion project growing into something much larger with good reason. These guys know what they are talking about and are putting it to work. Without question, I will own an Offshore soon. 

I'll post some pictures later after I recover from jetlag a bit more.

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28/01/2019 6:12 pm  

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Offshore Mon
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30/01/2019 4:14 pm  

Hey @rooftop,

Thank you for the kind words, and for taking the time to visit the factory and test a board. Sorry I was not there to show you around and go for a ride, but happy to hear Yama and Richie looked after you. Always stokes me out when people enjoy their time at the factory, makes all the hard work worth it.

Any questions regarding the process, story, boards etc, always happy to help people.

Btw, the photos look epic. Stoked you scored good snow. 

Thank you again!

Mon


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19/02/2019 11:21 pm  
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Hi All,

My name is Josh Mon. I own & operate Offshore.

I am new to all of this, but thought I would jump on and try and connect. Not sure if that is kosher, but being a small indie brand, it seemed like a good way to communicate with people interested in my boards.

Any questions, let me know. Happy to help out in anyway.

Cheers,

Mon

Awesome. Cheers Josh,

 I will be staying at Lodge Moiwa 834 for about a week from Feb 17. As posted above I’m interested in the Snurfs up 160. If there is a chance to do a few laps at Moiwa on one that would be great.

Also the “twin pins” on the Snurfs up. What are they? Carbon?

thanks

Hey @burkhart,

Definitely should not be a problem. Just keep in touch on here/social/email. Be stoked for you to try one out.

The "twin pins" and "punt pins" are both made using carbon and flax. We wrap the resin soaked carbon around the flax, in a sushi like fashion, and press inside a mold in the snowboard press. We then shape the pressed mix of carbon/flax/resin into the required shaped on a sander. The "twin pins" are smaller and are placed on an angle near the tail section to help with response, stability and drive through turns. The 'punt pins" are longer and are placed in the nose and tail areas to help with pop and stability. We developed this technology with Paul McGinty (ex-Ride/K2 Engineer, now working for Tesla), when we brought him over to the factory with Russ Winfield a few years back. It was mad few weeks of product testing different ideas, without much sleep. The flax fibres add a nice natural/damp feel, compared to just purely using carbon. 

If you have any other questions, just let me know.

Thanks for the interest in the boards!

Hi Mon,

 I am staying in Moiwa at the moment for another few days. No fresh powder on the horizon unfortunately (spring slushies today) but I’d still like to try a few laps on a Snurfs up if at all possible. Seen a few of your boards around town and they look awesome.

I am here around this time every year so next time is cool too .

cheers


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Offshore Mon
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24/02/2019 2:25 pm  

Hey @burkhart,

Sorry for the late reply man, I have been away from my computer for a few days. 

Are you still in town? If you are let me know, and I can organise some boards for you to ride.

I hope you have had an epic trip!


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