P: Mike Yoshida

Snowboard design is fast becoming democratized as a bevy of new models have debuted that aren’t beholden to the aesthetic sensibilities of a select few. Yes, Lib Tech and Bataleon are encouraging their end-users to take a sandbox approach to the stick they ride by allowing for arts-and-crafts-style personalization. Each board features a flex pattern, topsheet, inserts and high-grade base but either abbreviated or with entirely no edges. Riders only need a skill saw, sandpaper and a steady hand to manifest any shape they so desire. Warning: All it takes is one look at a shop teacher’s mangled mitts to realize that there can be a downside to hand shaping. SNOWBOARDER urges that everyone looking to manifest a form of their own choosing be very careful and adhere to safest practice. Without further adieu, here is the FYI on D.I.Y. decks. - Pat Bridges

P: Mike Yoshida

Alpine artisans will be foaming at the mouth to let their imaginations do the shaping with the YES. Clark S.I.Y. For nearly half a century, Gordon “Grubby” Clark and his Clark Foam polyurethane blanks provided the canvas by which hobbyists, innovators, industrialists and inconoclasts alike would quite literally shape the future of surfing. At the time of its closing in 2006, Clark Foam was providing the base material used in the construction of 90% of all domestic and 60% of all international surfboards. For 2016, YES. pays tribute to Clark and his ubiquitous blank with The Clary S.I.Y. (Shape It Yourself). Edgeless and infinitely malleable, The Clark S.I.Y. employs insert anchoring poplar in place of polyurethane as well as an extruded base to ensure that each deck is cut out to become a one-of-a-kind ride. yesnowboard.com Available Lengths: Up to 156cm MSRP: $669.95

P: Mike Yoshida

Regardless of its unrefined form, the FundaMENTAL MC Blank seems totally square. With the MC Blank, Lib Tech is urging riders to think outside the box…by cutting into it. Despite the boundless shaping possibilities, anyone hoping to conjure something more creative, more eccentric or more iconic than what the craftsmen at Mervin routinely do themselves will have their work cut out for them. lib-tech.com Available Lengths: Up to 165cm MSRP: $349.95

P: Mike Yoshida

Lobster Nose Job

While the conventional edges between the contact points makes this Lobster less pliable than its YES. and Lib Tech counterparts, the Nose Job is still a highly ductile deck. Equally appealing to both new school and vocational school types, the Nose Job blends personalization with performance. Features like a 3BT base, bi-ax glass and deep radial sidecut ensure that you’ll still be able to enjoy the riding regardless of where the homespun nature of the Nose Job and your imagination takes you. lobstersnowboards.com Available Lengths: 142cm to 154cm MSRP: $429.95