P: Mike Yoshida
Named after a type of sailboat developed for oyster dredging, the new Burton Skipjack is definitely worth shelling out for. The Skipjack’s shape is seemingly drawn from the same mold as Burton’s legendary Cruiser of the mid-80s, yet the Channel Mounting System, Dualzone EGD, Filex-O-Flex, and Carbon highlights make it easily apparent that this ain’t no retro ride. The Directional Flat Top camber profile combined with an exaggerated nose and notched swallowtail make the Skipjack a high tide machine. Meanwhile, factory installed traction pads are always at the ready for on-the-go, footloose snow surf adaptability. Below the surface, the Skipjack Surf is rife with materials true to Burton’s Green Mountain Process including an FSC-certified woodcore, recycled WFO sintered base and bio-rich super sap resin for bonding. All of this eco goodness and its aptitude for nimbly gliding amongst the glades is sure to turn every Family Tree-hugger into a Skipjack Surf-er.