"HOW DO YOU KNOW A SHAPE IS DONE? WHEN YOU SEE THE SMILE ON THE PERSON RIDING IT"

- TK - 

TK in the shaping bay. photo: Samuel McMahon

Think about a turn, a turn done right. The sound as your edge makes as it starts to bite, the feeling of weightlessness when you reach the apex and the pure joy you get as you exit. There's nothing in this world quite like it.

Well, maybe there is. Whilst snowboarding culture has for years been focused on going bigger, spinning faster, all the while surfers never forgot how important the simple art of turning is.

For TK, living in Biarritz meant he was constantly switching between the surf and snow worlds, but it wasn't until a trip to Japan's bottomless meadows that he started to really appreciate the deep connection between the two. 

Our quiver takes inspiration from this relationship. Each shape takes its cues from different riders and terrains, much like surf shapers connect their boards with different styles and waves.

From the twin-fin-like Mosquito; short, fat and ready for darting, tight-radius turns, to the Gun; a charger built for drawing elegant, long lines at speed, the goal was to create a collection to inspire every type of turn. 

But when faced with endless possibilities, how do you whittle every shape down to just three? For TK, "It’s after hours and hours of riding, trying different ideas. Only then do you start to have a better understanding of what does what."

photo: Samuel McMahon
Shin Biyajima on a layback hack. photo: Mike Basich

"When you start to have the knowledge you need to understand how that translates to other riders. Sometimes it comes fast, sometimes you need to do a lot of prototypes... Of course me and the team don't mind testing them!"

With many of Nidecker's pro-team - Mathieu Crepel, Shin Biyajima, Mike Basich, Dave Crozier and Lewis Sonvico - involved with riding and testing the shapes, there's a lot of experience to call on. But how do you know when a shape is finished? "When you see the smile on a person riding it."

It's simple really. For some, snowboarding is all about the sensation, so when a rider gets matched with a perfect shape, you just know.

Poise, balance, power... These are all just part of an equation that's impossible to calculate. It's why shaping isn't a science - it's an art.

"I wanted to share the unique
feeling of weightlessness when you carve on a slope"

Mathieu Crepel in the midst of a Tenjin down carve
Mike Basich knows when to fetch his Gun
Quiver envy. photos: Ed Blomfield