26/07/2013 | by Uli Köhler
This limited edition snowboard is a triple collaboration with the super powers of Dragon Ball Z, APO and Kumi Yama, with a production of only 100 boards making it a true collectors item.
APO, the pioneers of snowboarding in Europe, has joined forces with the leaders of animation from Japan, Toei Animation. The partnership has created a limited edition snowboard featuring the cult Japanese phenomenon, Dragon Ball Z. This late edition to the APO winter line for 13-14 will be available online and in selected stores as of October 2013.
This late release also collaborates with Kumi Yama, Europe’s largest summer snowboard event. The event takes place on the Les 2 Alpes Glacier every summer bringing together the best riders in the world from over 20 different countries. In this, the 6th year of the Kumi Yama they follow a Dragon Ball Z theme with the characters being present in the park elements. This summer the APO International snowboard team will be taking part: Sage Kotsenburg, Gerome ‘Coin Coin’ Mathieu, Aljosa Krivec, Tyler Chorlton and Rowan Coultas.
The limited edition snowboard is 155 cm with a twin tip rocker and APO’s double flex technology. This board rocks on any terrain, park, pipe or powder with it’s freestyle shape. A true ally for the Dragon Ball Z crew.
Vincent Arnulf, designer at APO realised his childhood dreams to create the design: ‘I was a kid when this tv series was out. It’s universe spoke to me and it was one of the first ‘manga’ animations to arrive in France. I loved the graphics, the characters and the frenzy of the quest. I have many manga illustration and constantly reproduce freehand animations, so it was amazing that years later I am able to ride a Dragon Ball Z with APO. So sick!’
How did you work to generate the design?
‘Rather than telling the story, I wanted to represent the Dragon Ball Z universe with all the key characters and Sheron in the middle. I also adapted different treatments to the surfaces to highlight the illustrations with a selective varnish’.
You can preview the Dragon Ball Z, APO and Kumi Yama Collaboration at:
Les 2 Alpes at the Kumi Yama from 5th – 7th July 2013
The Japan expo from July 4th – 7th at the Parc des Expositions of Paris Nord.