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Beauty. You’re gonna love whichever you get. 


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@awd1105 Great pic.  Did you get that saw decal from Korua?  Based on my time on the Dart and the Cafe Racer, there has never been a better avatar for what a snowboard company is best known for. 


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I’m lucky to say that I’ve got a “sticker guy.”

I love their logo and the brand aesthetic. Simple is best! 


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Edit: Sold via Snowboard Trader.

Anyone interested in a minty Cafe Racer 164? Will pass it along for what I paid, $350 (buyer pays shipping)

Original owner rode it 1 day, I rode it I think 4 half days (mixed it up with other boards). It has the DPS Phantom treatment on the base, which seems to work... I haven't noticed any appreciable decrease in glide.

I'll give anyone on EZL first dibs before I throw it up on Snowboard Trader / Craigslist / Fb marketplace / etc.

I'd keep it if I had bigger feet or didn't fall in love with the Stealth.

Will post up photos and a listing in the bathroom, wanted to put it out here for a day or two.


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Anyone interested in a Stealth 163? One popped up in Tahoe, allegedly only a few laps on it. I would have bought it had I not bought one new a couple weeks ago. Buyer's asking $350, I'll do a pick and ship. It's only about 15 minutes south of Squaw.


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The TF54 rocked up. Pretty stoked with this one- got it super cheap!

Now for snow...


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..if you ever get rid of it, I’m your guy haha


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Dude getting edgy on his TF54..


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Took the Stealth 163 out to Kirkwood today. Has cemented itself as my daily.

Today was the first day I got it on fresh cord... good fucking god. Between the board and the new Mercuries, I was flowing and ripping (at least by my standard).

I can't remember if I mentioned this, but before I sold the Cafe Racer, I put the CR and Stealth next to each other and the Stealth was fucking CAMBERED. CR is probably 4 mm, Stealth looks more like 6 to 7. Despite having a rocker element in the nose, it feels way more secure locked into a carve.

It's also burly enough for some pretty technical terrain. I dropped a few chutes at Kirkwood and did a few 5-10 ft drops, and the board held its own (or at least I held my own riding the board lol).

I wish it had a bit more tail kick and was a touch narrower, but neither is a big enough deal for me to ding it as a daily. If I were to shape a custom board, I'd basically ask for a Stealth 163 with a diamond or round tail and a ~263-ish waist.

I swapped with my buddy half way through the day because he wanted to demo. I rode his Never Summer West 162, which I actually sold him ~4 years ago (which is how we initial met). I had my US Orbit in the car, but was too lazy to get it. I used to love that board, but the entire time I was wishing I was back on the Korua. I just let hit ride it because he has size 13s and has progressed to a point where a 256 waist wasn't cutting it any more. It was his first time on camber and blew his mind, I think he may buy one.

Speaking of the Orbit, I may sell it. Tough call, love that board, but the Stealth and Orbit overlap a fair bit. Mentioned this in my first impressions, but the Stealth feels like a mellower, wider Orbit. The Orbit is higher performance and has more premium build quality, but the Korua floats better in pow, takes less energy to ride, and is way more forgiving late in the day when my legs are beat. My run tracker app died yesterday, so I'm not quite sure how much vert I racked up, but according to my fitness tracker I burn something like 6,000 calories yesterday... on the Orbit I don't think I would have lasted long enough to burn that many calories and I'm pretty sure the board would just continually punish on my last run back to the car haha.


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New favorite, probably my daily next season.  

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I will never not own a Pencil 164. Easily my favourite board in the lineup. 

I did spend a lot of time on the Dart 160 this year, as well. It’s also a keeper. 

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@awd1105 I hear ya.  I have a Dart too (156), it's amazing and I always take it with me on trips out west as a dedicated pow board.  But if I wanted to simplify things, I think the Pencil is about as good as it gets as a one-board do everything road-trip board.  Not counting park of course (Who takes road trips for that?).

I was initially very interested in the Plus series, but I'm super impressed at the way the classic versions just bash through everything at any speed.  

And with typical German efficiency, several weeks ago I ordered the board in the wee hours on a Wednesday night, and it was on my front porch in New Hampshire on Monday morning.  

These guys know what they're doing... 


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And with typical German efficiency, several weeks ago I ordered the board in the wee hours on a Wednesday night, and it was on my front porch in New Hampshire on Monday morning.  

These guys know what they're doing... 

So this sent me off searching because Korua is pretty mysterious actually as a brand/company. Here's what I've been able to find.

The two main names we associate with the brand are Nicholas Wolken and Stephan Maurer, though the latter's been very quiet lately. They are both Swiss. The other name is Christian "Jerry" Niedermeier, German, and he's kind of the center of all this. "Jerry" has been shaping and developing boards since the 80s apparently. He is based just south of Munich. His last "gig" was with F2, Fanatic and "One", and he is apparently sought out for custom boards development. He is often referred to as the business guy (everything is registered to his address in southern Germany) and at the same time he is credited with the deep knowledge of board shaping and making, especially carbon raceboards.

Now here's where it gets weird. Niedermeier is repeatedly associated in terms of "ownership" of a company in Yokohama Japan, "Winckler & Co. Ltd. Sports Division", which in actuality is a division of a German import/export business—hello international shipping logistics—that's been in Japan since the late 1800's! This is the mystery part that would need real investigative skillz: "Winckler & Co. Ltd. Sports Division" cannot be "owned" by Niedermeyer, unless he's somehow the heir to the business. What is the relationship really? P.s.: "Winckler & Co. Ltd. Sports Division" also develops Kessler and a few other brands.

Anyways, full circle, the "story" of Korua leans heavily on a narrative of "introducing Japanese snowsurfing to Europe", which supposedly the boys were inspired by on a visit to Hokkaido (guess what boards they prolly rode there…). This is hilarious because this is like maybe 5-6-7 years ago? With Moss snowsurfing since the 80s, and snowboarding itself having been started by surfers wanting to surf snow… it's all more of a return to roots (from the detour brought by skating/"freestyle") rather than anything new. But I digress…

As we all know, the boards are manufactured in Poland at Nobile, which is all fine and dandy (they build Dupraz and have built for Burton in the past too), but an odd choice all things considered. (Side comment here as I have heard some people trash-talking Korua's fit and finish: wahunh? They are pretty high spec if you ask me. Burton/Playmaker (Nitro/Amplid) level, easily. Perhaps not GP87 mind you… but miles better than certain others

Anyhoot. Yeah. Definitely loooove my Pencil Split. 


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@bopuc2

Thought Slash also was made by Nobile but could be wrong.

Think you can add Tur Snowboards to GP87 and Stranda are made in Portugal.


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@bopuc2 That tree run is like a snowboarders wet dream, super jealous.  Good research on Korua, interesting.  I have three Koruas now, each of them arrived from Germany in about 4 days and cost about $500 US which includes the shipping so yeah, German (Japanese?) efficiency.  I'd have paid a lot more for any of these boards. 

Regarding build quality, mine appear to be solid, the Pencil is new to me but the others have been through 2 seasons and they both still look great, despite mashing them through our granite infested tree areas here in the northeast.  

I have a Cafe Racer as well but haven't bonded with that one for some reason, I'll probably end up selling it.  

But the Dart and Pencil are absolute gems, as @awd1105 says, these are keepers for sure.   


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