Until this winter, choosing a freeride board was about compromise: a deck that’s stiff for groomer fun, or a softer model for powder turns. Thanks to a unique tail design, Ride’s new Alter Ego has snowboard boots firmly planted in both worlds. “What the split tail concept does is give you two boards in one. It gives you a hard-charging, stable board when the tail is connected. And when you disconnect the tail, it creates a surf-y, easy-to-handle, more mellow board,” explained Snowboard Development Engineer at Ride, Michael Chilton.
Ride pro, Jake Blauvelt, worked closely with the Ride engineering team for two years, providing feedback on the shape, flex profile, and camber of this deck.
Getting it perfect took more than 20 prototypes, which you’ll appreciate shortly after strapping in. We put more than a dozen days on the Alter Ego late last winter and found it was as versatile as it was a conversation piece: Everyone wanted the inside skinny on this blunt-nosed board that looks like no other thanks to a tail that resembles a splitboard.
RIDE is incredibly proud to announce the addition of Jake Welch to the Pro Team.
It’s funny how a soft spoken young gentleman can also be the guy who steps up to the gnarliest spot everyone else is scared of. Jake Welch is a kind, well mannered type from Salt Lake who not only has payed dues in the past, but boasts a very promising future.
Check out Jake’s Team page
Jake stems from a large family in Sandy Utah where he started snowboarding at Brighton resort. Snowboarding became life as he went pro for other brands, putting together full video parts for their major film projects. After the ultimate bounce back from a series of life changing circumstances, Jake got back into the one thing that could make him happy, riding his snowboard.
This past winter, Jake was filming with longtime friend Pat Moore, and gathered enough footage to appear in Pat’s project “Mr. Plant” along with linking up with the Videograss crew to be featured in their new movie “Mayday”.
Welcome to the fam Jake! Keep your eye out for the RIDE snowboards team… They are about to bring the heat.
Seb Toots shredding around different parks around the world. These are all the shots Sunset Films hasn’t used yet in 2014. Seb is riding a few different years of the Buck Up board in this edit, check out that deck below.
Filmed at Keystone, Timberline, Whistler, Cardrona NZ, SuperPark.
Filmed and Edited by Mathieu Cowan ( Sunset Films) with Red cam, Gopro hero3+ and Canon 5D Mark III.
Instagram/ Twitter: @sebtoots @sunsetfilms / Facebook page: sebastien toutant
Yuki Kadono on the new 2015 Helix
After two days of less than ideal weather, the crew of riders at Superpark 18 were ready to send it when the sun came out on Day 4. The day was jam packed and subsequently, this video is chock full of hammers. Powder turns kicked off the morning, followed by Superpark 18: The Webcast on the Woodward Booter Dam step up, and then a night rail session in the Woodward plaza. We won’t waste your time reading when you could be watching what went down, starting with a sick inbounds powder line from Iikka Backstrom and continuing on with riding from the likes of Louif Paradis, Alex Cantin, Scott Blum, Zak Hale, Frank April, Sage Kotsenburg, Jake Welch, Yuki Kadono, and many more.
Watch all the goodness on Snowboarder’s Site!
Alex Cantin on the 2015 Machete GT
Jake Welch on the new 2015 Buck Up
2015 Buck Up
2015 Machete GT
Hey Ladies we didn’t forget you in this month’s RIDE LIKE A PRO CONTEST!
You’ve got a shot at one of the lightest most fun snowboards out there built specifically for the ladies. It’s twin shape and hook free LowRize rocker make it easy to ride and playful to turn. What more could you want?
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About the Compact Snowboard:
Get hook-free control and a super smooth feel with the combination of Ride’s LowRize™ rocker shape and proven urethane Slimewalls® technology. This playful freestyle twin snowboard features a lightweight Membrain® top that’ll put a sparkle in your eye, and Foundation Tuned™ core for long life durability. This well constructed wonder is packed with features and ready to Ride.
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