When I was young I thought I could ride everything with just one board. For the most of my career I’ve been riding on directional twin freestyle boards. Commonly it’s the perfect shape for overall riding. It has a great sidecut for transitions and park riding, and if you want to hit backcountry just add some set-back and you’re good to go.But sometimes you find yourself in conditions where you need a ”real deal” – a real powder board. With designers and team riders at NORTHWAVE & DRAKE we have finally come to the point that next fall there is going be an All mountain & Freeride collection. One of the flagships of the collection is called Battle. This board truly floats like a surfboard on snow. photo: Jani Karppa
Japan has been my early season mission for the last three years, so I packed my gear and went to test the first version of Battle in the beginning of January. photo: Jani Karppa
It was amazing to see how 163 cm tall board can be so agile in trees. I might say I got the best tree riding ever on that trip, and that is mostly because of the great board. But you can’t forget that Niigata was great too… P: Jani Karppa
The shape of the board is like a dagger or a sword. So it’s no wonder it’s called Battle. And yes, it feels like you’re in a battle zone when you ride it. Geronimo! photo: Jani Karppa
This beauty is truly a perfect weapon for anyone who is into powder and surfing!