Pureboard 168 24
… but Joerg had been generous enough to offer take a couple of us fairly experienced riders on a more focussed and perhaps more advanced introduction to the Pureboarding approach than would have been possible in his clinic – not the kind of offer I could turn down, since that style is taught so rarely hereabouts.
(If there's a better exemplar of this sport, or any sport, than Joerg, btw, I'd like to meet him). Soooo, on to a 168 Pureboard, 24 cm wide and softer than anything I've been on in years, maybe ever – looked like a snowshovel or a cafeteria tray. It was amazing, though, how little the width got in the way – an active edge change was still plenty quick. The board is obviously designed for the technique – REALLY responsive to a lot of back foot toeside, which felt really fun right away. Heelside it wanted a lot of forward commitment and I struggled between too little which created a dead feel and too much which spun me out badly. I wished I could have spent another couple of hours working on the technique, on perhaps a SLIGHTLY narrower board, but the road was beckoning as the snowstorm moved in. Last run was on my own Coiler and like a nightcap with an old friend.