Freeride is the snowboarding discipline closest to surfing, the mother of all boardsports. The feeling of carving perfect lines while descending the mountains is the same mix of adrenaline and closeness to nature that you experience while surfing.
Our mission is to provide riders with the best gear to pursue this feeling of connection with nature, enjoying and respecting it. For our freeride snowboards, we designed specific directional and tapered shapes, with dedicated technologies and profiles, bringing to the snow the same feelings that come straight off the water.
Freeride Snowboarding is pure freedom. It’s the sublime art of following your instinct, without a definite course or rules to follow.
Freeriders typically seek speedy runs inside the woods or wild descents through wide and untouched steeps covered with powder snow. Their habitat is the backcountry: some riders will reach the summit using snowshoes or split boards, others will use lifts or, where possible, heliskiing or snowmobiles.
Expert or beginner, mountain or park rider, everybody loves riding powder snow. It’s one of the most addictive feelings on earth: it feels like floating through the clouds. But, just like with surfing, you need to wait for the right swell, for freeriding, you need to wait for the right storm.
That’s why when it’s snowing, life stops. Suddenly there’s nothing more important than getting up there and being first.
Freeride boards are typically used in larger sizes than freestyle and all-mountain snowboards: a longer snowboard naturally has more surface area and consequently greater buoyancy in powder. So don’t be impressed with boards longer than 160cm if you are used to a reduced board in the park! Swallow-tail boards and some wide models are exceptions, as they don’t lose surface even if shorter.
Always consider your level and riding experience, as well as the main terrain of use, before choosing your board:
If you are an expert rider and looking for a freeride specific snowboard, you can make a more radical choice and pick a longer size, a tapered shape, or a swallowtail.
If you’re new to freeriding and plan to use the same board on different terrains, choose a more versatile model, with a slightly bigger size than your standard and medium flex. Do likewise if you love freestyle and would like to take your tricks outside of the park.
A hybrid camber profile characterized by a wide nose with a sweet and progressive rocker and a tail with a shorter and tighter curve.
Specially developed for freeriding, this profile guarantees excellent float in powder, helping the rider sink the tail and keep the nose out of the snow without excessive effort.
The camber section under the feet makes these boards reactive and manoeuvrable in all snow conditions.
Fantastica is a tapered freeride snowboard dedicated to men and women looking for a surf feeling in their powder curves. Thanks to the tapered shape and the setback stance it can float and maintain a high speed even in the deepest snow, where it will perform the powder spray you have always dreamed of.
The central point between the two bindings does not always correspond to the center of the board: this setup is called “setback stance”.
Directional and freeride boards are characterized by a setback setup that can vary from 2 to 5 cm.
While riding on a setback stance, the rider’s weight moves towards the tail of the board, relieving the nose, which is more easily lifted in powder snow. The rider can thus remain more relaxed and maintain a natural position, not needing much effort to raise the nose.
A moderate 2cm setback stance helps in the setting of turns and is suitable for All-mountain use, while a setback approaching 5cm will be more Freeride oriented and suitable for more experienced riders.
An elegant shape that dates back to the origins of this sport, reconnecting it to the discipline that first inspired snowboarding: wave surfing.
The first examples of this shape date back to the early ’70s, when Dimitrije Milovich,, founder of the Winterstick brand, patented a snowboard model called “Swallowtail.” A revolution not only in aesthetics but also functionality, able to carry the feeling of surfing from the ocean to the mountains.
This shape is characterized by a V-shaped tail which, as the name implies, recalls a swallow or a fish, taking inspiration from “fish” surfboards.
It is a powder-specific shape, as it favors the expulsion of snow that flows under the board. This way, the reduced volume combined with a mid-to-wide nose and setback stance allows the rider to surf effortlessly even in the deepest snow.
A ‘European’ swallowtail snowboard with a reduced width in the center and a more rectilinear geometry for both freeriding and carving. Its profile and flex have been designed to recreate the sensations of surfing and to have a perfect float in powder, while its reinforcements and sidecut grant the Sandy Shapes’ widely appreciated edge hold on groomers and hardpack.
Well, let us say that isn’t a good idea.
And this for two good reasons:
Freeriding takes place in a natural environment without human intervention or control, and which therefore can expose you to objective and significant risks and dangers.
Don’t just think about avalanches, but also about ice, holes, drops, and obstacles.
Freeride snowboarding requires good preparation, knowledge of the mountain, and awareness of one’s limitations.
The must have a safety kit for every freeride session including 3 fundamental items:
Get out there and enjoy the Mountain with adequate respect. Just like a surfer does in the Ocean. Sandy
Freeride, Freestyle, Carving or All-Mountain, whatever your snowboarding style is, we got you covered!