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The Future of Snowboarding? Pow Wow Brings The Alternative To A Park-Obsessed Industry

A beautiful sunrise on Teton Pass to start the 2015 Jackson Hole Pow Wow.

Rob Kingwell's Jackson Hole Pow Wow finished up its latest incarnation this past week, and despite the lack of all-time blower JH conditions, the future of freeride was alive and well at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, even if it was relegated (mostly) to surfing the Earth on groomers. While the park and jib scene still dominates the media coming out of the snowboard industry these days, the Pow Wow instead celebrated the carve, the slash, and the art of the turn.

Surfing, instead of skateboarding, is the off-snow influence here, with plenty of boards rocking swallow and fish tails, giant noses, and bindings mounted almost off the edge of the tail. Among them could even be found the infamous Gentemstick–a brand whose reputation and boards drip with so much soul and artistry of Japan's most philosophically-bent riders and designers that the Gringo testers were salivating to take a run on them. They also, somehow, still rip groomers like nothing else.

It was great to witness the celebration of a vision of snowboarding vastly more relevant to anyone out of college, with real dignity given to the simple, clean turn, to clean lines, and fun riding on the ground. Thanks again, Kinger!

For those who love POW and Gentemsticks, check out my mini-movie from Niseko
It is short and deep (and the last scene, in the credits is worth watching).

Make sure you select the 1080 high res’ before you hit play!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N29GyOSnO8

Cheers all, Rod Payne

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