Powfinder SURFR - a sneaky multi purpose powder boardWhy do I love this board? First, the board is a small production snowboard, designed after 5 years of testing in the European Alps. The owner is seen on the weekends testing his board, with a team of dedicated boarders, working to make micro adjustments to improve the board quality and abilities. He has a strong concern for the environment and has taken a lot of steps to ensure this makes it to his boards.Second, the board will rock your socks off, if you can handle it.
Product: Powfinder's SURDR Snowboard (157 cm)
What is it made for: the product is specifically designed for deep powder days
Testing Process: I rode the board 37 times this winter in Switzerland, France, Austria, and Japan. I rode the board on 3ft of new powder down to a 2inches new snow. I also rode the groomers and one day on hard pack. I am not easy on my gear, so it has taken a beating :)
I rode the board with Bent Metal Solutions (size M), although I would have been much better off with a less stiff binding. I would even suggest riding the deeper powder with the highbacks taken off (was fun the few times I tried this year).
Hight Level Thoughts: Despite being designed for the Pow, I found the SURFR to be a functional board for intermediate to advanced boarders in every condition.
Board design: a thoughtful swallow tail with enough V-cut to be able to dig into a turn and load with power makes it a perfect tool for tree skiing as well as playful cut backs in a more surf style. With a huge nose, there was no issues in getting the board to float, coupled with a very back set camber, this board put no additional strain on your back foot, keeping you on the hill and out of the resort.
Flex: Stiff in the middle, allowing for powerful transfers into the turns. A floppy/softish nose keeps your tip from being buried, but does cause a lot of chatter at higher speeds on hard ground. There are 8 bamboo runners in this board nose to tail, adding to a uniform flex transition.
Durability: After almost 40 times out, the top sheet developed a few nicks and scratches, mainly from the tree riding in Japan. The top sheet does seem solid, but you could loose pieces of it, as it seems to peel a bit after a big scratch. Nothing too much to worry about there. The base sheet seems to be quite strong (although a bit boring in all black).
Bottom line: If you have one board in your quiver, go for something more versatile with a twin tip. If you have that already and want to add a powder board, take this. It will deliver on a pow day and a groomer day.
I was worried that I was buying too specialized of a gun, yet I discovered a new favorite board. I took this puppy to Japan, and was flying through the trees, playfully launching off of pillows, and dropping smallish "cliffs" with no issues. That was no surprise. I was shocked with I started to take it to bigger mountain objectives with sketchy traverses. The board held up well, despite its big nose. On the groomers, this board was a champ at laying it down low.