The Stepchild FTW is the direct replacement to the extremely popular Headless Horseman. Our tester Tom rode the HH in NZ’s icy terrain parks Tahoe’s bottomless powder, huge booters and monster superpipe for back to back seasons and was constantly raving about the lively flex, versatile shape and all out performance. As the board has changed very little other than the name and the graphic we thoroughly recommend the FTW to all-mountain freestylers from intermediate to pro.
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There are two things that suck when you’re riding urban features (so I’m told). The first is catching an edge; you might have mastered sliding through steel rail kinks but when it comes to wood handrails or concrete ledges there’s a lot more risk. The second is cracking or ripping out an edge and ruining an expensive and perfectly good snowboard. Remove all of the edges and gone are the risks. The Street Recession is pretty much identical to the Forum Street Dweller of years ago and equally useless for anything other than sliding street furniture.
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The name probably gives the Stepchild Park Rat’s game away. It’s a park and urban snowboard with a soft flex and mellow sidecut designed for mini rippers.
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Almost two decades as a pro rider and still riding strong, we’re surprised JP hasn’t hung up his boots and bought a flat in a Malibu retirement complex. Only joking, JP is a legend of the sport and a true pioneer of the jibbing movement. Does anybody remember his section in Simple Pleasures? That last handrail was utterly unbelievable at the time. Anyway enough retrospect, JP’s pro model is very much in 2011. Its Zero Camber profile will provide pop for high and low speed tricks and maximise board/rail contact. The Kevlar reinforcement cancels out chatter for high speed stability and the Park Formula sidewalls should keep the edges crack free a little longer.
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Simon Chamberlain always hits the spot with his pro model graphics, this year the crow and dove (perhaps a metaphor for good and evil) is stunning. There are a couple of unique details to Simon’s board; the more elliptical tips are a nice change to the current blunted trend and the new Park Formula, Philan compound sidewalls mean this snowboard can take an urban beating.
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Whilst the majority of brands are dropping pro models, Stepchild in their typically defiant manner are championing their long serving team and keeping their well-deserved pro models. Joe Sexton’s pro model on Stepchild is the jibber and park riders dream snowboard, its low rocker profile, twin shape and slap bang in the middle flex make it a great do it all park snowboard that rider can happily size down a couple of cms with.
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Nearly everything about the Jib Stick is what you’d expect from aÖ erm jib stick. There’s a progressive rocker profile which increase with board length, there’s rubber dampening under the edges which incidentally are rounded between the bindings to minimise the risk of hook-ups. The Jibstick’s core places beech under the inserts and Armadillo glass fibre reinforcement to eliminate the risk of compression damage when you stomp those tricks. The only thing you won’t expect is the medium to firm flex of quadraxial glass, if you like soft jib-noodles this won’t be your cup of tea.
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The Sleazy Rider is the only snowboard in the Stepchild range that could be considered truly all-mountain. With a directional twin shape and snappy camber profile the Sleazy will skip plough through chunder and float over powder, the light biax glass is soft enough torsionally for the board to work on rails and the bamboo core provides that extra ‘je ne sais quoi’.
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When powder sucks hell will freeze over. Until then if powder doesn’t get your engine revving and park riding does, the popular Stepchild Powder Sucks should be on your hit list. The 24 insert pattern means getting that Gangsta or super skinny stance is possible, there is also the option of a camber or rocker profile.
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The longest running board in the Stepchild line gets a special 10 year anniversary graphic for the 2011/12 season. Its twin shape, reverse camber profile, medium flex and lightweight “pre-cured” fibreglass make it a good choice for an all-around park riders who likes to get stuck-into a bit of powder every once in a while.
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A more versatile directional twin shape meets a soft flexing camber profile, perfect for park riders who don’t want to wrestle with a stiff board but like the pop of camber.
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Besides being one of the best-looking boards on the market this season the Headless Horseman is a great all-mountain freestyle deck. Despite being a little heavier and stiffer than some jib boards the Headless Horseman is a poppy beast off of jumps thanks to Bamboo in the core; holds an edge beautifully in the pipe and on groomers despite having a fairly pronounced rocker; floats well in powder and presses effortlessly on boxes and rails. Throw-in Stepchild’s bomb-proof construction and you’ve got yourself an all-mountain freestyle deck that rivals the Salomon Grip.
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Joe Sexton might not be everybody’s cup of tea, style-wise, but there’s no denying he’s a very talented rail rider. Nevertheless this season he’s proven that his talents aren’t just restricted to snowboarding; it seems that after hanging-around with pro model veterans like JP Walker, Jeremy Jones and Simon Chamberlain for the past few years he’s acquired a penchant for designing jib snowboards. If you’re looking for a mid-flexing rockered snowboard that can be sized-down then there aren’t many snowboards that compare.
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This board has been built to jib absolutely everything; from the handrails of Salt Lake City to the crumbling concrete ruins of Moscow’s ice cold suburbs. If you’re on the look-out for a medium-flexing true twin jib board nd you want to size down a good 5cms / 2” from your normal freestyle board length the JibStick is definitely worth checking out. If you prefer sliding on the white stuff check out other decks in the Stepchild line.
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Looking for an affordable reverse camber board? The Chi Borg has been astounding riders the world-over for the past few seasons so if you’re looking for a medium/soft flexing twin shaped board with reverse camber then they don’t come much more fun or affordable than the Chi Borg. An extruded base combined with a bomb-proof construction means that this board will last the most adventurous of jibbers.
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The Stepchild Simon Chamberlain isn’t your stereotypical jib board; but what would be the point in Stepchild creating yet another jib-specific snowboard? Simon’s a powerful and fluid rider that finds pressing and tweaking effortless, he therefore needs a board with balls. This winter he’s stuck with a directional-twin shape, quadrax fibreglass and regular camber but also added Kevlar reinforcements for added pop and longitudinal stiffness. Simon’s Pro Model isn’t a jib board; so if you’re looking for a board to dominate rails and small hits then you should look else-where. If you’re looking for a medium/stiff directional-twin board that you can use to carve-up the hill, ride halfpipe, stomp heavy landings and slide rails at speed then definitely check the SC out. This is a board for powerful advanced snowboarders looking to ride the whole mountain.
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Although this is Stepchild’s entry-level twin it has a high-end, bomb-proof construction combined with Iron Maiden-inspired graphics. A medium/soft longitudinal and torsional flex mean that this board is perfect for intermediate all-mountain freestylers looking for a solid board to take them to the next level. If you’re looking for a light-weight poppy jibstick my advice would be to look at the Stepchild Jibstick or Joe Sexton. The Latchkey is available with a camber or rocker profile.
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After almost two decades at the forefront of snowboarding culture and more ‘cover shots’ than any other snowboarder in history; JP knows better than any rider out there how to design a snowboard. This years JP Walker comes with a zero camber profile and triaxial glass for added press-ability, manoeuvrability and torsional flex. But all you camber lovers out there shouldn’t worry because the JP has not lost any of the pop that last years model had in abundance; this years JP Walker has been given lightweight Kevlar reinforcements to counter the effects of zero camber.
The JP Walker is the ultimate snowboard for any aspiring pro’s out there; at home in the park, in the backcountry and on the streets……..we almost forgot to mention the amazing Rasta-inspired graphics that will definitely be at home on any Cali chairlift. Uhhhh son!
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If you don’t fancy buying the Stepchild Whale Cock, for understandable reasons, then the Salary Man is pretty-much the same board but with slightly less controversial graphics. Like the Stepchild Whale Cock the Salary Man is a medium/soft flexing twin that gives riders the confidence and stability to jib the whole mountain. Formerly known as ‘Powder Sucks’ this years board is also available in reverse camber which will give added playfulness and pressability on rails.
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Not the kind of thing you can ask your parents for Christmas; but if you’ve got the cash and you want a picture of a Whale and it’s genitalia on your board then why not? The board itself is a lightweight medium/soft flexing true twin that has been designed for those all-mountain jibbers and park riders that still like to ride a cambered board.
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Every season Stepchild create a guest pro model to pay homage to a blast from the past. This season it’s Scotty Wittlake’s turn; the guy that most people credit with bringing the heavy metal / Punk look to snowboarding……this guy was rocking leather jackets, tats and the unwashed look well-before it was considered trendy. Scotty’s guest pro model is a fairly basic directional twin with a medium longitudinal flex and slightly softer torsional flex; designed for shredding everything from pow to street rails on a budget.
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Forum did it a few years ago and now Stepchild is giving it a go; a board built purely for hitting street features. This is a board without any bells and whistles…….or metal edges for that matter; perfect if you want a board to abuse concrete and metal but if you want a board to turn on snow then you should look elsewhere because boards without edges don’t turn on anything but powder.
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Another slice of controversy from the guys and girls at Stepchild; the PMS doesn’t really need explaining! Built for the advanced woman rider who is looking for a soft flexing true twin to jib the whole mountain. If you’re a parent looking to buy your daughter a new snowboard for Christmas then there might be less-embarrassing options on the market!
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The Expat is about as serious as Stepchild get; serious high-end construction mixed with serious politically satirical graphics. This years Expat comes with; bamboo reinforcements in the core, quad-axial glass and Stepchild’s kicker II core. If you’re in the market for a medium/stiff directional twin board that’ll raise a few eyebrows in American resorts but give you the stability and power to outpace Air Force One then definitely check this board out.
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A soft flex, narrow waist and large sidecut radius make the Harlequin a super forgiving and cruisy ride, perfect for beginner and intermediate female riders.
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Stiff between the bindings and softer on the nose and tail makes the Simon Chamberlain perfect for the park rider who doesn’t want to sacrifice performance flying off booters or getting steezy on hand rails.
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Transfers, jibs, rail sliding piste markers….. infact anything you can think of is possible on the Chi Borg. Instills Zen confidence in your riding ability, making snowboarding far too easy. A freestyle dream machine!
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A fast base, medium torsional and longitudinal flex and directional shape, result in an extremely versatile snowboard that’ll take you from the Slopestyle course to freeriding in super deep pow.
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The ‘Powder Sucks’ with a new lick of paint courtesy of a colab with the chaps at 32. A true twin shape and forgiving flex make for one of the easiest rides in the range.
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Rail mastermind Joe Sexton’s stick of choice. With rubber sidewall damping, rounded edges between the binding and a medium flex, the Jib Stick is perfect for all out rail and jib warfare.
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An advanced freestyle snowboard with a narrow waste and forgiving flex for advanced women riders. Warning: Growing a moustache is not compulsary and may scare away male attention and friends.
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The winner of a prestigious Transworld Good Wood award. The Everything Sucks is a park and rail dedicated board with biaxial glass and a forgiving flex. For those who love to spend all day in the park because ‘Powder Sucks!’
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