Welcome to SNOWBOARDER Magazine's unbiased blank snowboard test, The Blackboard Experiment. Last spring, ten snowboard brands provided us with a snowboard of their choice, but the one caveat was that it had to have a black topsheet and base graphic, so as to keep the anonymity of the brand only between them and us. The brands were given the specs of the yet unknown rider who would be testing the boards–his height, weight, riding style, etc., and from that information, had the opportunity to select the snowboard they felt best fit the bill. Sage Kotsenburg, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic gold medalist, then tested every deck, putting it through the paces in Mammoth Mountain's hallowed Main Park. Over the next two weeks, we will be releasing Sage's review on each of the ten snowboards he rode.

The third board tested by Sage is the 2017 CAPiTA Defenders of Awesome, a snowboard that lives up to its name when put to the test on the hill. The DOA features CAPiTA’s Hybrid Camber Profile, a combination of traditional camber and rocker that allows this freestyle-oriented deck to be snappy and responsive when laying into a turn and hold strong when sending off a jump, but remain maleable and playful enough to press, butter, and block. It’s a park-minded snowboard that can easily traverse the entire hill. That said, what did Sage Kotsenburg, the Utah-born Olympic gold medalist think of the CAPiTA DOA? In the above video, Sage shares his thoughts while lapping jumps, rails, pipe, and groomers. For the full run down of what Sage thought about this deck and how he scored it, check out The Blackboard Experiment CAPiTA Defenders of Awesome full review.

From October 3 through October 14, we will be releasing a new review every day. Go to The Blackboard Experiment page to see each and every board that Sage tested and reviews.