05/01/2009 | by Vera Jansen
We like those brands that experiment and come back with totally incredible board shapes. That’s why on SnowBroader, we focused already on the Park Pickle, a twin asymmetrical deck introduced by GNU in limited edition for this season. We also featured the totally experimental TRICE Banana HAMMOCK – a powder specific deck rocking reverse camber and “no sidecut” tech! Now we hit you with a new concept which originates from the South of France: Furlan boards!
Furlan boards are 178cm decks that mix freestyle feeling with freeride habilities. How? Good question when you see such a monster deck!
I had the opportunity to ride the FURLAN Acupuncteur a couple of times in different snow conditions. At first it’s pretty strange to strap on such a big board, and people kind of stare at you in the ski-lift. But in fact once you are riding you kind of forget about the deck. That’s because the board is pretty soft and playful just like a 158 cm regular freestyle board. The extra tip and tail length and Furlan shape give you a maximum of support when it comes to riding the pow! Almost the same feeling as riding with a swallow tail deck…except you are riding it centered, can go switch, and hit jib tricks
So to put it short this board is really an UFO and the most original shape I ever rode. I think that to get the most out of this board in freestyle you need good legs and a pretty commited style of ride. But then the extra lenght gives you that extra confidence and security margin to stomp your tricks. And if you are lucky enough to score megapowder days like the ones we had this w-e in the Alps, you’ve got the ultimate board to go big and shred the pow (here’s a short video of pow shredding with the furlan deck) .
Furlan decks are still a bit hard to find. You will have to go ride in the French resorts if you want to get the chance to test one or purchase one. The price by the way is around 650Euros – which doesn’t make it a cheap board. My advice: test it yourself if you have the opportunity, it’s really a special feeling.