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Camber and rocker

Shape up and fly right

We dropped in to The Boarding Haus in Durango, Colorado, to learn about snowboard camber and how it can effect your ride. (Camber refers to the arching of a horizontal surface, like a ski. It helps turn, but when other shapes are applied, more benefits can be achieved.) Owner and lifelong boardsports lover John Agnew shows us what camber and reverse camber mean, and how they can make your day on the mountain.

“A camber is going to have some spring built into it,” he said. “Reverse camber, or rocker, is going to be just the opposite of that.”

Camber is loved for carving, and rocker is considered pleasantly awesome in powder. Agnew teaches that each has its own place and how a combination of the two is often the best way to go.

“There are many ways to put the camber-rocker blends together,” Agnew said. “Having a cambered body and a rocker nose allows the board to be very carvy, very planted and edgy, but still having the benefit of the nose rising in fresh snow.”

Agnew then gives us a run through magne-traction, a revolutionary serrated-knife style treatment to board edges.

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