Justin Bobb: SNOWBOARDS
Age: 26 | Vitals: 5’10”, 170 lbs | Years Boarding/Skiing: 17 | Current Residence: Taos, New Mexico
I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico shortly after my parents had moved from Mammoth, California. My feet were first attached to skis when I was 2 years old, and by 9 I was strapped to an old snowboard with Sorrel boots. I grew up sledding in arroyos, climbing trees, and playing hockey, then turned to rock climbing, caving, biking, exploring, in addition to the occasional bit of hooliganism. But I really got hooked on snowboarding, and it soon became my central focus. Snowboarding led me to local sponsorships and I soon began competing and placing well in USASA slopestyle, bordercross, and halfpipe events, and won two 1st places in a local mogul event. More recently, I placed 4th in the 2009 Taos Salomon Freeride competition, and I took 1st in the 2010 Taos Salomon Freeride event.
I studied geology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and spent summers raft guiding in New Mexico. Fear of injury and a growing love of powder and trees led me away from park related competitions. I got a split board, enrolled in some avalanche classes, and took to the San Juan mountains. I rode 4 to 5 days a week, and became just as intrigued with the climbing as the descending. I loved finding new lines in trees, moguls, and anything steep. I became so fascinated with the mountains that I soon began to look into alternate methods of backcountry travel. I’ve entered the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse a few times, a 40+ mile ski from Crested Butte to Aspen.
After college, I instructed at a white water guide school and looked for a winter job. Taos Ski Patrol always captivated me as a kid. (Those people got to play with explosives, they just called it, “avalanche control.”) I dreamed for a little while, then remembered that I was a snowboarder wanting to apply at a skiers only resort….Still, I interviewed, bought some skis, got a WEMT, and was hired on to the Taos Ski Patrol two years after TSV was opened to snowboarding. So these days I’m on skis while I work and I snowboard on my days off. I’ll definitely be entering more big mountain freeride events, and will continue to hike and board in my enchanted local terrain.
Some favorite board equipment:
K2 Slayblade, Jones Mountain Twin, Libtech “Lando,” Sparks R&D Splitboard Bindings
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Intended for both skiers and snowboarders, the PowderKeg 32 offers a lot of storage for a pack this size, and it lets you carry your skis or your board however you want.
The Flow NX2-AT is a versatile, well-built snowboard binding that is much improved from its predecessor.
The New Zealand CHILL Series wrapped up last weekend. Here are a few photos of the challenging terrain and the athletes who threw down hard as they vied to qualify for the Freeride World Tour.
1st – Mikaela Hollsten (Finland)
2nd – Tess Carney (USA)
1st – Colin Boyd (USA)
2nd – Andrew White (New Zealand)
3rd – Rupert Smith (New Zealand)
1st – Marian Krogh (Canada)
2nd – Anna Smoothy (New Zealand)
3rd – Alex Brook (New Zealand)
1st – Sam Lee (New Zealand)
2nd – Jeremy Hunt (New Zealand)
3rd – Cam McDermid (New Zealand)
The Rossignol One Magtek is a fast, playful, and light one-board quiver, but getting the most out of it requires a certain riding style.
The 2011-2012 Nitro Team Gullwing is a loose, playful board with amazing pop, but it can get a little unsteady at high speed.
Said by Smith to be the lightest certified snow helmet, The Maze is super sleek, versatile, and comfortable, but it isn’t heavy on features.
Its directional shape and rockered profile make the Venture Storm a great powder board—with surprisingly good maneuverability and stability in all conditions.
Ways to stay cool: look at pictures of snow and learn whether the Mountain Twin from Jones ought to be your next board.
Reviewer Justin Bobb wasn’t entirely sold on the first Venture snowboard he rode years ago. Times have changed.
Check out Justin Bobb’s review of the Lib Tech Lando.