Though we’re always down to watch the latest Weekly Of Weird episode, their annual highlight is undoubtedly the Dr Doggy episode, where our hero dons his lab coat and specs before pushing the very boundaries of modern snowboard design.
Previously we’ve witnessed the logical endgame of rockered shapes, a huge variety of waist widths and the unmissable ‘Super Soft Flex’ board – all well worth your time this morning if you’ve yet to witness them.
“Our hero dons his lab coat and specs before pushing the very boundaries of modern snowboard design”
This time around, having already pushed the limits of on-snow designs, Dr Doggy aims to create a more all-terrain craft. Whilst the switching mechanism might leave a little to be desired, it’s worth remembering that for now, it’s simply a prototype. Seeing as the industry is about to reach peak ‘wacky shape’, you’ll be seeing a lot more of these next winter as brands all look for another bandwagon to jump on.
Although it’s not made explicit, there’s also a great tribute to Mark Gonzales’ Parisian circle board, but somehow the snowboard version comes off even more useless than the original.
This is, of course, all after the initial rear snowboard brake idea, which unbelievably isn’t even an original concept. Back in 2013, a brand called ‘Streetboardz’ tried to market these to a completely underwhelming response. We’d even go so far as to say that WOW’s brake is better than the ‘original’ as although the stopping power is reduced its use as a quick park run-in groomer has some potential. It would only take one person about four laps of each rail line to make perfect lips and take-offs, no doubt making huge savings for lift companies.