But things for next winter were certainly looking good. Reverse camber is all the rage, outerwear has more attention to detail than ever and there’s a couple of dope new brands injecting some freshness and irreverence at a time when many are dooming. So, although we have some fired-up aftershow party shots, we’ll save them for later or the hard drive and instead bring you another sneak peek at some of the tasty morsels we saw at the show…
Closer up with the Yes boards. Romain, JP Solberg, DCP, Nidecker and Jim from Pulp’s aspirational bird flip to elements of the industry they find unpalatable. They even had a ‘Daily Rumour’ board that made for amusing reading.
Bent Metal’s simple-but-effective binders.
Bonfire had some clean, bold styles in their range.
Apple green Bonfire number.
More fuel for the Bonfire.
Craig was stoked on the Drake Super Sports by the look of it.
Drake are dropping boards for 09/10. This bad boy has the reverse camber and is ridden by new team shred Risto Mattila.
More tight graphics on the Drake boards line.
Some of Elan’s colourful range.
And from another angle.
Elan Inverse – they claim it to be the lightest board in the world.
The El Grande – the widest board in the world.
According to Elan, the Vertigo is the strongest board in the world.
Electric’s rad range of goggles.
Some EG5s and EG2s.
The Electric EG2. Huge. And the best goggle on the planet.
The one snap we managed to fire off on the Eleven stand before some lady gave us a ticking off.
Gnu have licensed SP’s Fastec easy entry system.
More Gnu binders.
Gnu’s Park Pickle – an asymmetric sidecut (deeper heelside radius) take on Lib’s Skate Banana – might have been our favourite-looking board at the show.
A closer look at the Pickle. Check the ‘Heel Here’, denoting the fact the sidecut radii are different.
More Gnus. Pretty much every Mervin board have full Banana and Magne-Traction on em.
Tobi with the sweet Street Series.
The Beyond Snow booth.
Beyond Snow makes some innovative bindings.
Head’s top-end freeride focussed setup, the AK. All about wood, baby.
Most of the Head bindings feature the Auto-Open straps that fold open out of the way, making getting in and out easier than ever, as shown on this women’s freestyle model.
Selection of Head funsticks.
Head Transit setup.
This team-focussed bad boy comes with a set of Eding pens for you to get creative with.
Women’s freestyle setup.
One of the original innovators of the Rocker technology, K2 now have 6 different versions of board profiles for everything from park to powder and in between.
Looks like Pacome will be putting in an order for Wille Luoma’s Turbo Dream.
The OG rocker board – the pow-specific Gyrator on the left.
K2′s sprightly-looking range of bindings.
And here’s some of their easy entry range of Cinch bindings.
With K2′s boot line, it’s pretty much all about the BOA in many different guises.
Lib Tech – Bananas as ever.
The ‘none-more black’ Skate Banana.
Expect to see that graphic double corking all over the shop in mags and movies next winter – that’s Travis’s pro model right there.
Lib TRS looking bang bang.
Jonas Hagstrom helped hook up a Nitro/Hagstrom guitars collaboration. Stoked is an understatement.
Eero Ettala and Andreas Wiig’s Nitro pro models.
And here’s Markus Keller and Jon Kooley’s.
A closer look at the Raiden Zero and Pusher.
The Vinyl series of pro model graphics.
… and a closer look at its Speed Lace system.
The T-Track from Northwave…
… and up close with its interesting-looking one-pull coiler tightening shebang.
Ride’s award-winning Contraband with its one strap/toe thong thang.
DH2 and DH from Ride.
Jorg from Ride was amped on the Slackcountry freeride weapon. As he wisely said, “I like pow and I like beer so this is perfect!”
Rip Curl’s recycled range.
Roxy boards. Again, all Banana and Magne-Traction.
And some more, including the Ollie Pop, left.
Torah Bright’s pro model.
Roxy helmets and goggles.
Völkl’s range of kick ass boards.
And here’s the full frontal of the Squad and Vice Squad.
So, that wraps up our sneak peek at next season’s gear. Make sure you make a note to head to your local shred shop or newsagent come mid/end July where you’ll be able to pick up our 09/10 Product Guide where all the good goods will be in full technicolour for you to salivate over. Righto, time for detox.