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07/09/2020 11:05 pm  

On the blunted nose, I normally prefer a milder version, but obviously this one is pretty straight across. The funny thing about it is it’s (IMO) mostly an aesthetic unless you are in truly deep multiple feet of Japan blower, where it might help keep the spray out of your face, as Korua loves to say. You could add a continued pointy tip to the exact same board and feel like it rides different, but of course it’s the same thing. It has a really nice nose profile and contact point blend that will do very well


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08/09/2020 12:48 am  

I feel like we could use a whole thread on just "keep the spray out of your face"… 😀

(this is not a dig at @spencer! just thinking out loud! 🙂

 

As someone who is not into "face shots" (Hi I like to see where I am going thank you), who rides exclusively deep Japanese powder, owns/rides pointy nose, blunt nose and round nose boards… and pretty much never get spray in my face I'm prepared to say it that it seems to me that it has less to do with board shape and more to do with riding style…

Perhaps separate but watch Japanese "powsurfing" videos (Gentem, Moss, etc…) and the Japanese riders *never* slash, never get spray in their face, and other than when they want to boost a rooster, barely even get a spray going. Seems to be much more about "a fluid line through the landscape" than "trashing nature" (as westerners seem so intent on…). Different values, different actions/behaviors.


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08/09/2020 5:03 pm  

Yeah, I’ve never had “spray in the face” when just riding and turning as far as I remember, only happens during a purposeful slash. I could see it working (maybe) in truly deep, dry powder, as the elongated nose point might direct it further away, rather than the potential of coming over the top like a blunt nose, but who knows. Boat hulls are often designed to direct spray out to the sides more efficiently, but of course we are talking about snowboards. Our snow is typically far from light enough for any of that to be a possibility anyway.


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09/09/2020 8:58 am  
Posted by: @spenser

Yeah, I’ve never had “spray in the face” when just riding and turning as far as I remember, only happens during a purposeful slash. I could see it working (maybe) in truly deep, dry powder, as the elongated nose point might direct it further away, rather than the potential of coming over the top like a blunt nose, but who knows. Boat hulls are often designed to direct spray out to the sides more efficiently, but of course we are talking about snowboards. Our snow is typically far from light enough for any of that to be a possibility anyway.

I wouldn't expect it in most North American snow to spray that way, particularly not coastal snow... maybe Utah. The only "HOLY CRAP I CAN'T SEE" moments I've ever had were in Japan... maybe once or twice in Tahoe on the absolute lightest of snow days. Sierra snow is generally dense enough that it settles pretty quickly once it hits the air, would expect the same in vast majority of days up and down the west coast.


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09/09/2020 11:10 am  

I've been fortunate enough to ride "blower" pow in Japan, Italy, Canada, and multiple spots in the lower 48. I understand light, deep snow to be more common where the colder temperatures that produce less-dense crystal structures in the snow are similarly more common, but I believe that it happens all over the place.

The deepest, lightest snow that I have personally encountered was actually a few years ago in Washington State, when it snowed 10 feet in six days, shutting down the passes and ski areas in the week leading up to Christmas. When my local reopened on Christmas Day, it was so deep that it was basically unrideable. That weather system was also remarkably colder than what we normally see here, so the snow was super light. I charged off of the edge of a groomer at speed and only made it about thirty feet before I dropped over a roller and was instantly submerged up over my head in my own bomb hole. It took me about fifteen or twenty minutes to unstrap and climb those thirtyish feet back up to the groomer.

In actually rideable conditions, I have not noticed a significant difference in spray from the nose of my pow boards whether the shape is blunt (Korua Asytoni) or pointy (Moss Swallowtail). Instead, I have noticed that my less-directional boards generate both less float and more spray over the nose than do my super-directional pow boards.


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09/09/2020 11:15 am  
Posted by: @spenser

Yeah, I’ve never had “spray in the face” when just riding and turning as far as I remember, only happens during a purposeful slash. I could see it working (maybe) in truly deep, dry powder, as the elongated nose point might direct it further away, rather than the potential of coming over the top like a blunt nose, but who knows. Boat hulls are often designed to direct spray out to the sides more efficiently, but of course we are talking about snowboards. Our snow is typically far from light enough for any of that to be a possibility anyway.

Yeah, our snow is definitely heavier than that most of the time.  


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