Innovation can sometimes lead to insane things. Flow announced the release of their “Freeballer” line of bindings, which have no high-back. I’m not quite sure how I feel about this. Part of me is intrigued, and I want to ride em, and then part of me is like WTF, why would I ever ride that binding? Not the first time someone has attempted the “no-back” scenario, but I’m curious to see how these work out.
In the past, and over the years, riding styles have changed, brands have come and gone, and boards have changed. In the past I would skip over the 159W’s and look for the 165+ in the board line-ups. Bigger guys, need bigger boards, this is the truth, but we can also size down a bit, to get quicker turns, and a bit more playful with our boards. We don’t always have to run out and buy that 170 sitting in the shop gathering dust. I spent a lot of time last season on the Cobra X from Never Summer in a 159 Wide model, and honestly had a blast on the board. Don’t be afraid to try out something different. If you get the chance to demo a board, try a slightly smaller size to see how you like the board. It’d be interesting to get other’s thoughts on this.