There are legendary boards that prove the history of snowboarding.

The other day, I visited the office of pioneer moss, which is familiar with moss snowboards and moss snowstick.I moved my office last year, and this is my first visit after the move.When I entered the entrance of the office and went up the stairs, I couldn't help but shine my eyes and stop to look at the space.

If you're a snowboarder, you'll instinctively stare at it

On the wall of the stairs, a number of early models that tell the history of moss snowboards Genesis are displayed on the wall, and it looks like a museum.Some of you may not know this, so I would like to add a little explanation. Mr. Shinzo Tanuma, the president of Pioneer Moss, is a very important person in the book of Genesis of snowboarding. In 1971, when the mainstream of surfing changed from longboards to shortboards, Mr. Tanuma started making prototypes of snowboards after trying to bring surfboards to ski resorts and ski on the snow.Snowboarding is an important tool for living a fulfilling lifestyle while coexisting with the nature that spreads in front of you.How fun and wonderful moments can be experienced in the snowy mountains.That passion became the driving force for Mr. Tanuma's development, and various ideas were introduced and continued to evolve in the early days of snowboarding using FRP.
Introduced as a product in 1977, "SNOW SURFIN" has its legs fixed with the bindings of the cross-country skis of the time to enjoy surfing-like movements on the snow, and slits in the tail to make it easier to turn. It has been processed.

1977, SNOW SURFING Prototype 2

Looking at this Genesis board, not only the shape of the entire board such as outline, deck, sole, but also trial and error on how to attach the binding progresses, and surfing and skiing technology are fused. The appearance is very interesting. From FRP to wood, gliding surface material, edges, and each prototype board tells the footsteps of various trials and errors.

Passion for snowboarding has created boards of various shapes

And for some reason, the board of that era can be seen as a solid crossover with the snowboard of this era.In particular, the V1983 released in 1 was reprinted in 2007 as the U4 of the moss snowstick.The shape of the short tail, which was created for good maneuverability, is a three-dimensional movement of snowboarding as it is still continued as U4, not limited to powder, but also on walls, flat burns, bumps and anywhere. It also makes it possible to enjoy skiing and playing.It shows that we have found the slip that can be said to be the root of the fun of snowboarding through repeated trial and error.

Moss snowstick U2007 that appeared as a reprint of V1 in 4

The "V-1984" manufactured in 2 has a parallel slide rail, and the rail has a built-in screw.It is surprising that the idea of ​​a stance angle adjustment slide rail was already created by Mr. Tanuma in this era.
Currently, Pioneer Moss continues to make various high-performance snowboards such as moss snowboards and moss snowsticks.Although it is a pioneer brand in both name and reality that has created snowboards, which have grown to become a staple of winter sports, the commitment to manufacturing is still the same as the path that Mr. Tanuma once took.

1984 "V-2" stance angle adjustment slide rail
From the left V1, V2, V3

In making boards, he continues to stick to small parts, uses good materials to make even a little better things, and is particular about processing.That is the biggest attraction of snowboarding produced by a company called Pioneer Moss.
One day, I would like to write an article that introduces snowboarding that tells this history to everyone in detail.

There are various improvements not only on the front side but also on the bottom side like a surfboard.Prototyped boards for bottom shape confirmation
Pioneer Moss Headquarters in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture

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