In a sea of choices, it can be challenging, if not impossible, to determine which snowboard is the right one for you strap into. That is why SNOWBOARDER Magazine created The Blackboard Experiment, to shine a light on some of the season's best freestyle snowboards in hopes that when you head to your local shop, you can find a deck that fits your riding, regardless of whether you're sending 50-footers or hotlapping the old guys' line.
With nine boards to the test in the 2017 edition of The Blackboard Experiment, we tapped Aussie pipe phenom, Scotty James, to put the collection of blank snowboards through the paces. Just as Sage Kotsenburg before him, Scotty doesn't have a board sponsor, so he can ride anything he wants. The two-time Olympian has medaled at X Games and the US Open, and possesses an innate edge control honed from years riding transition and lapping his home parks of Perisher.
Once again partnering with Mammoth Mountain we had Scotty test out all nine anonymous park boards, rating them in four categories over five days. The scores were tallied at the end in jibbing, jumping, transition, and carving to determine which deck stood out in each category, as well as the overall park destroyer. Check back in the coming days as we announce the different winners as well as the ratings for each deck tested!
Board 9: Smokin Superpark
Model Length Tested: 159
Additional Lengths: 144, 148, 152, 156, 156w, 159, 159w, 162, 162w
Core: Full length proprietary wood blend
Base: Sintered 6000
The true twin Superpark is the prized legacy of the Smokin lineage, featuring a mellow true camber. WE use a full length, proprietary wood blend for the core. Smokin is constantly evolving our core technology and we use the same for all the boards we handmake at our factory in USA. Our overall damp/snappiness is a result of our overall recipe. We make every board with the attitude, “We are making the best snowboards in the world.” Do yourself a favor if you’ve been riding rocker for a minute and get back on a softer, camber board. You will thank us!
– Smokin Jay, Owner/Founder, Smokin Jay Snowboards
Overall Score: 32.5
Scotty's First Impression:
It’s a good board. A regular camber snowboard that does its job really well. It carved really well and reacts really well. It’s a board that I would pick up and go ride.
Jib Score: 7
It locked into rails really well. It was a little bit stiffer, so it was harder to press.
Jump Score: 9
I really like it. It’s a really good camber board—nothing crazy about it. Really strong through the transition of the jump and also on the run out. You can really stomp it down. I definitely feel comfortable taking it off big jumps.
Tranny Score: 8.5
I really like the camber. It holds an edge really well from wall-to-wall. It’s aggressive when you need it to be and it’s got a lot of pop. I would definitely consider taking it in the big pipe. It’s really fun to ride.
Carve Score: 8
It's just a regular board and you can rely on it. There’s nothing funky about it that is going to throw you off. it’s got a good stiffness to it, not super soft. It was quick edge-to-edge, for sure. Not super buttery because it’s a little stiffer. More of a turning board than a playful board.