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what is a powderskate?

Adam grew up in the pacific northwest and developed a lifelong passion for powder. He has since been pushing the envelope of binding-less boards that could perform on both powder and groomers.  Years of R&D led him to design a snowskate he calls a powderskate. We have outlined some information below that we hope answers your questions about snowskates and powderskates.

If you still have questions please email adam directly.

You can also learn more about Adam and the history of florida powderskate here.

Adam grew up in the pacific northwest and developed a lifelong passion for powder. He has since been pushing the envelope of binding-less boards that could perform on both powder and groomers.  Years of R&D led him to design a snowskate he calls a powderskate. We have outlined some information below that we hope answers your questions about snowskates and powderskates.

If you still have questions please email adam directly.

You can also learn more about Adam and the history of florida powderskate here.

the basics

Florida Powderkate

definition

snow·skate

noun

a hybrid of a skateboard and a snowboard, intended primarily to allow for skateboard-style tricks on fairly hard packed or groomed snow. There are many types depending on the brand and style of snowskate. Powderskates are a variety of snowskates designed to perform, as the name implies, in powder. 

snow·skat·er

noun

a totally rad type of person that shreds snowskates and embraces the lifestyle of the snowskate revolution. 

snow·skat·ing

verb

what every snow skater dreams of doing all day long.

anatomy

 There are many types of snowskates; single deck, bideck, 4x4, and the powderskate. florida powderskates have three basic parts; the top-deck (or board), the sub-deck (or ski), and the connection between the two parts, the trucks.

snowskate anatomy
florida powderskate run

evolution

powderskate's are the natural evolution of the snowskate. while traditional snowskates work great on groomers, they are too small to float above powder. People have designed some great boards for powder too, but most of these are next to impossible to ride on groomers. Adam set out to design something that would work on both, florida powderskate is the answer.   

the full breakdown

florida powderskate garage

sub-deck (ski)

this is what defines your ride, larger sub-decks generally handle in deeper powder but are harder to control on groomers. florida powderskate sub-decks are designed with Dolphin Geometry® to help you have an epic pow run and carve groomers.

top-deck

This is the deck you will be standing on. Any skate deck will work, but we recommend something at least 9" wide and 34" length for a powderskate. You also need to put grip on your deck, something that grips to your feet but doesn't allow for snow to build up. Our suggestion, adam's very own ungi bungi traction

 

ungi bungi traction
Rocker Trucks

trucks

the connection between the top-deck and sub-deck is not something to take lightly. This connection is what make the whole board come alive. Some people like stiffer, some want less, it's a personal feel and we can't tell you exactly what is best for you, but we can steer you in the right direction. Adam recommend rocker trucks and they come with our complete packages and are available on our gear page.

a short history

the very first snowboards were essentially a very basic powderskate; planks of wood with a rope attached to the front to hang onto while sledding down a hill standing up. the foundation was set from these primitive roots. over years the sport has grown and branched out in multiple directions. florida powderskates are 'out on a limb' on that tree.

ungi recoil testing

other equipment

...ur prolly gonna want a leash.

many hills still have yet to embrace snowskates and ban them on the mountain citing safety concerns. The resorts that do allow snowskates require the use of a leash. Adam designed the ungi bungi leash and ungi bungi traction too.

check out our ungi bungi leashes and traction

 

technology

If you're getting stoked on powderskating and want to learn more you may be interested in the materials and technology that goes into building our florida powderskates, let Adam give you a tour of our garage!

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still have questions?

email adam directly and he will personally get back to you!
adam@powderskater.com

florida powderskate

florida?

check out our about page to learn about the history of florida powderskate, find out how we got our name and where we have our roots.