Powder surfing

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Powder surfing, also known as powsurfing or noboarding, is snowboarding on a modified board with no bindings. Like on a surfboard, a rope is attached to the rider's lead leg with a leash. The style was pioneered by Greg Todds, a skilled snowboarder who began riding bindingless to make snowboarding more challenging.[1] The precursor of the snowboard, the snurfer, had no bindings and a lanyard attached to the front, like a sled.

In 2002, Todds and his friend, Cholo Burns, began selling rubber foot pads that could be attached to any snowboard. Their kits also included a bungee cord that attached to a point in front of the front foot, as well as a point behind the back foot. The cords acted like training wheels for riders who needed help keeping the board on their feet. They called their innovation Noboard.[2] A Noboard is a kit to convert a snowboard into a board without bindings. The conversion kit consists of a rubber pad (where the rider stands), a rope, retractable leash, and fastening hardware.[3][4] Other companies are manufacturing boards designed to be ridden bindingless, as opposed to Noboard's conversion kit.

Noboard remains on the market under Burns's direction and even had a short-lived business partnership with snowboard giant Burton Snowboards[5][6] from 2007-2009.


  1. ^ Mick, Haley. "Snowboarders get back to their roots with powsurfing". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Gavelda, Ben (25 February 2011). "NoBoard, No Problem". Transworld Snowboarding. The Enthusiast Network. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Pad". Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Wiseman, Colin. "No Turning Back: The Noboarding Revolution" (PDF). Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Boxler, Matt (10 December 2008). "Burton, Noboard team up to create NoFish". Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Burton Makes a Noboard Fish". Boardistan. 5 February 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2016.