There's a new snowboard in town. Developed by an Aussie bloke in the back of his shed over the course of nearly three decades, the Cross Board looks like a snowboard met a pair of snowshoes in a dark alley and some things happened. What's it like to ride, though?
While the Cross Board guys unfortunately don't have any professional footage as yet of their invention in action, I managed to get a few clips of my attempts to get used to the board at its unveiling at Mt Buller. It's a rainy and gloomy afternoon on the slopes, so the video isn't exactly The Art Of Flight, but you get the idea.
There's no image stabilisation going on inside the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition that I used here, so hopefully the video imparts a sense how comfortable the Cross Board is to ride. For your reference, in the 90-second clip below I'm riding switch for most of the time (the camera's on the tail end of the board) and I'd just adjusted my bindings to a much looser skateboarding stance, so I'm more than a little cautious and wobbly. Just so you know. Don't hate me.
I'll (hopefully) have a better video coming soon, once I can find the spare time to cut together a few different clips from a handheld Sony Action Cam and the board-mounted GoPros. But for now, here you go -- check out how much the Cross Board's lower blades move to accommodate bumps in even relatively smooth terrain, and how a tiny bit of forward or backward lean on the board can rotate the blades and tighten up turns.
There's a more interesting video on the way, I promise, so stay tuned. [YouTube]
Update: Jeremy Saunders from Boardworld -- one of Australia's best snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding communities -- has put together his thoughts on the Cross Board. These are the thoughts of someone who is an expert snowboarder, and I really value his opinion on the new tech. I strongly encourage you to head over and check it out! - Cam