P: Mike Yoshida

It’s no great revelation that the aspirations of snowboarding’s forefathers were rooted in their endeavor to bring the surf to the snow. The idea that a summer pursuit could be co-opted into a mid-winter pastime is largely what drew Jake Burton Carpenter, Tom Sims, Chuck Barfoot, Dimitrije Milovich and other pioneers to first paddle into the piste. With titles like Winter Waves and The Tallest Waves, even the earliest videos broadcast the idea that hanging loose on the highest tide was—ahem—the wave of the future. With surf-inspired quiver boards complete with fish-style tapers, swallowtails, rocker and other water-borne tech becoming commonplace, companies have partnered with some of the top surfboard shapers on earth to better translate their theories of fluid dynamics to frozen descents. - Pat Bridges.

P: Mike Yoshida

In 1981, legendary longboard innovator Bill Stewart hand-built a snowboard on a whim and trekked up to Big Bear to see how it would ride. Despite incorporating numerous concepts years before they would become widely available—such as rotatable bindings, a contoured base, steel edges and sidecut—Stewart was disappointed by the results and his tenure in snowboard design ceased. In 2013, a chance encounter between the Bataleon Snowboards crew and Bill at his San Clemente, California showroom led to this seemingly forgotten near footnote in snowboard design being rediscovered and the collaboration between Stewart Surfboards and Bataleon was born. Similar to the Hydro Hull that Stewart introduced in 1984, The Cameltoe Stewart 2 features Bataleon’s signature Pow Triple Base Technology, which among other things facilitates float on the fresh stuff. The Cameltoe Stewart 2 is also adorned with Bill’s unmistakable airbrush stylings. Though more suited to The Wedge than the Cameltoe, further fruits of the union between Bataleon and Stewart have made their way into the lineup with the debut of the world’s first Triple Base Technology surfboards which, according to Bill, are “the most complicated shapes I have ever done.” bataleon.com Available Lengths: 153cm, 158cm, 162cm MSRP: $459.00

P: Mike Yoshida

Make no mistake: the Tough Cat ain’t for pussies. As a product of traditional Japanese surfing culture, Takuya “Tappy” Yoshikawa came to San Diego, CA over a decade ago to immerse himself in the experience and knowledge of legendary shapers like Skip Frye and new age icons like Chris Christenson. The result of this tutelage is a craftsmanship that transcends both geography and generations. Most distinct about Tappy’s creations is how he manipulates resin hues to create aesthetics that are both chaotic and organic. Fittingly, Tappy was brought to Burton’s “Craig’s Facility” in Burlington, VT and tasked with lending his visual touch to Burton’s 2016 Family Tree series, which includes the Tough Cat. This new model is the most aggressive Family Tree board to date with a deeper sidecut than any Burton deck in over a decade. An FSC Certified Super Fly II 700G Core provides the stable chassis that keeps the Tough Cat from going stray while the Balanced Freeride Geometry amplifies its feline agility. burton.com Available Lengths: 158cm, 162cm, 168cm MSRP:$529.95

P: Mike Yoshida

Last season, Jones Snowboards partnered with famed Encinitas, California shaper Chris Christensen to produce the elegantly lo-fi, horizontally-laminated Mountain Surfer. For 2016, this partnership has gotten a whole lot deeper. In addition to having over 19,000 surfboards—including 5 XXL award-winning guns—to his credit, Chris Christenson also happens to have a satellite shaping facility nestled amongst the Eastern Sierras just outside of Mammoth. This home away from home, which tragically fell victim to a fire in early February of this year, is what has made Chris the ideal craftsman to bridge the gap between the swell and the snow. It is while splitting time here and in Jeremy Jones’s Lake Tahoe garage that the new Storm Chaser came into being. The Storm Chaser is an ideal blend of surf inspiration and snowboarding sensibility. Short, wide, sleek, with tip to tail rocker and a stubby swallowtail, the Storm Chaser will add distance to every glide, ensuring that the freshest tracks are never out of reach. jonessnowboards.com Available Lengths: 147cm, 157cm MSRP:$599.99

P: Mike Yoshida

Iconic anti-corpo surf label Lost was conceived in 1985 while Matt Biolos and his buddies were dividing their time between strapping in atop Mt. Baldy, catching waves in Dana Point and getting their urethane-on-’crete fix at Upland. Lost was short for Team Lost and it symbolized a disdain for traditional “team” activities like stick and ball sports. From 1987 on, every Lost Surfboard that Matt shaped by hand carried the Mayhem mark. With Trestles as his backyard test-bed/proving grounds, Matt’s design ethos has long been rooted in the virtues of speed and control, which makes this year’s collaboration with Lib Tech such a natural fit. While the Round Nose Fish is a nod to Matt’s game-changing mid-90s creation of the same name, the Rocket featured here is a more versatile craft. By pushing the wings back from the rail to the tail, the Rocket maintains a front-end float bias while still being up to the task of most fakie maneuvers. Lowlanders looking to see the reciprocal fruits of this influential union can check out the Lost x Lib Tech Puddle Jumper, which is available from 5’3” to 5’11”. lib-tech.com Available Lengths: 157.5cm MSRP: $549.95

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 Clark 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: 156cm MSRP: $299