Powder & Rails: Chuck Barfoot part 2 – The surf soul of snowbaording
Powder & Rails:
In Part 2 of the Barfoot Snoboards tale, Chuck dusts off some classic creations, including the first ever twin tip snowboard that Neil Daffern designed for the Barfoot team. Jon Boyer talks about how his original pro model was the maiden Canadian pro model snowboard. Thinking most snowboarding graphics were "horrible looking" and still emulating skiing aesthetics at the time, John made sure his graphics were derived from skateboarding.
Back to the history of the Snoboard Shop: Ken Achenbach reveals that his mother, Hillary, was the most instrumental person in his snowboarding history. Hillary made sure things ran smoothly at the shop and even let the entire snowboarding community stay at her house for the first snowboarding championships in Canada.
Despite Barfoot making innovative boards, Chuck's soul-surfing attitude got the best of the business and the company lay dormant for some time. But there's a happy ending: Chuck is now back to making skateboards full-time and will soon be making handmade snowboards one by one.
For more info on Ken's work, go to Camp of Champions, and also check out what Chuck is busy hand-crafting at his site.