Snowboard Design

Every Third Thursday: Snowboarding in Boston with a retro wooden board, Mr. Fun

Boston has had plenty of snow this winter (PLENTY). So the Signal Snowboards crew decided to get into a little throwback vibes and hit up Boston.

On this episode of Every Third Thursday, Dave Lee and the crew team up with longtime skateboard designer Paul Schmitt to create the ultimate backyard, back hill, neighborhood golf course fun board—we’re calling it Mr. Fun. Dave finds legendary skateboarder Christian Hosoi’s pro model shape in Professor Schmitt’s workshop, which serves as the foundation for this 7-ply deck. Hosoi himself stops by the factory to add some crucial design input to the Hammerhead-esque shape (kinda like the surfboard he made of it). Mr. Fun gets a custom Hosoi grip tape job and then it’s off to the streets of Boston for the historic amounts of snow to see if Mr. Fun delivers on the promise of fun.

See this simple board take on snowy streets, parks and everyday urban features with no lift ticket (and no bindings) required. Does this look like fun to you? Let us know in the comments below!

Every Third Thursday: A gorgeous snowboard made from just surfboard stringers

Despite the East Coast being pounded again and again with snow and cold this winter, it feels like summer over in California and the Signal Snowboards crew has got surfing on their minds. In this episode of Every Third Thursday, Dave Lee and the Signal Snowboards crew play around with surfboard stringers (the stringer is the thin strip of wood that runs down the middle of the surfboard to increase the strength and rigidity of the foam board).

Dave teams up with Appelcore Surfboard Stringers to create laminated veneers to use in the construction of two snowboards: one a traditional core snowboard and the other a totally experimental veneer laminate board at half the thickness of a normal snowboard. The crew bails on the beach for the mountains to test out these crossover boards. Does this surf technology make for a great snowboard? Watch the episode to find out and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Every Third Thursday: How to make breakfast with your snowboard

Forget granola bars and leave the continental breakfast in its tinfoil tray, because in the latest episode of Every Third Thursday Dave Lee and the Signal Snowboards crew find a whole new way to grab a hot breakfast before hitting the hill.

The solution? Combine a snowboard and griddle into one powder-pounding, pancake-producing machine. Sure, it sounds simple enough, but creating a portable surface hot enough to fry an egg took the Signal braintrust a few tries before they were finally able to whip up both an ingenious solution and slopeside breakfast sandwiches for the whole crew. So grab the maple syrup, pour a hot cup of coffee, and kick back as Signal rider Brandon Schroeder gets this crazy hybrid snowboard cookin’ on the slopes of Mountain High.

How many different uses can you think of for this awesome griddle board? Let us know in the comments below!

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Every Third Thursday: An all-in-one MegaRamp snowboard/skateboard hybrid

Ever been riding the MegaRamp and think to yourself: "Man, I wish I could use just one board for this and hitting the mountain."? Well, if you haven't had that thought that's what the guys at Signal Snowboards are here for.

Dave Lee and the crew team up with Lithe (a small skateboard operation out of California that’s using composites in skateboards in a really unique and cool way) on this insane build for this new Every Third Thursday. The goal of this build is to adapt Lithe’s unique carbon fiber building process to create a snowboard that can double as a skateboard. The board needs to be bomber enough for X Games pro skater Mitchie Brusco to skate on Woodward West’s Megaramp, but still have enough flex so it can turn on snow. We test this dual board out on Camp Woodward’s Megaramp and on the snowy park jumps at Woodward at Copper and it got two Mega thumbs up!

What do you think of this do everything board? Let us know in the comments below!

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Snowboarder Austin Smith likes to swallow

The Nike rider went H.A.M. on his swallowtail board while filming for the Never Not video.
Austin Smith was in Japan two years ago and saw lots of snowboarders in the lift line using handmade swallowtail boards. Smith decided to try his hand at making his own custom board out of wood when he returned home. He discovered that making snowboards is harder than it looks. Luckily, he was able to convince his board sponsor, Nitro Snowboards to make a swallowtail snowboard for him with a short, fat shape. While filming for Nike Snowboarding's Never Not video, Smith thought he might just use the board on one or two powder days. He ended up riding it about 50 percent of the time.

Got Wood? Pinewood Derby Snowboard: Every Third Thursday

Signal Snowboards cap an epic 2012/13 winter with a good old fashioned derby race! Paying tribute to traditional pinewood derby races, Signal founder Dave Lee rounds up pinewood 2x4s as the foundation for these unique snowboards. The Signal crew then gets to work in the factory planing and gluing the 2x4s to create the base for each board. Custom graphics are added, then it's time to hit the road to Mammoth Mountain. Snowboarders Ian Thorley, Dylan Synnott, Joey Yorba and friends meet up with Dave to transform these boards into their own custom derby destroyers! With boards assembled the guys hit the hill to compete on their creations. You won't believe the speed these guys get on 2x4s! Goodbye winter—hello summer 2013!

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