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well it depends what you mean by peak ?


as far as the number of people doing it, it

will increase in the US, probably increase

in europe and china and other parts of asia,

decrease or stay about the same in japan,

Canada, and in S. America. But these are

just it my estimates based on what I read.


as far as the sport itself, we are now

seeing a rapid progression. both in

freestyle and freeriding. in the freeriding

arena, people are riding the backcountry more

and more, riding first descents all the time,

and learning how to take on the toughest

conditions the mountains can throw at you.

sometimes for days at a time.


in the freestyle arena, the jibbing movement

has also taken snowboarding outside the

resorts, but instead of to the backcountry,

kids are trying urban rails and obstacles.

gnarly stuff.


the halfpipes are getting bigger, and the

respective airs are also getting bigger.


people are jumping over 100 feet off some of

the kickers.


there is also a ton of product innovation

happening. snowskates, split boards,

long boards, swallowtail & powdertail boards,

protective gear, better boots and bindings,



as long as people can go bigger, and try

crazier stuff, the sport will rise.

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i think it will stay like 50/50 skiers and snowboarders.


but hey, barok,

split boards, (are almost as old as snowboarders trying to go backcountry)

long boards, (i rode my first longboard in 1994) swallowtail & powdertail boards (they came out before someone tried to built steeledges on a snowboard...)



so those are no new inovations

(sorry, i just had to say that....)

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sure ivo, the swallowtails, split boards

have been around forever, but my point was

that today all these products are available

and marketed worldwide. there are several

companies now making swallowtail boards, and

likewise with split boards and longboards.

this was not always the case.


the fact is, because of the increasing

popularity and diversity of the sport, there

is more product readily available today than

ever before.


you have so much of a choice. why second

guess it ?

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I reckon it will pretty much stay the same as it is now, although new young people taking up the sport are probably more likely to take up the board - right now - than they are skis. That would change of course if the "fad" changed.

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Barok, diversity of product itself can be a sign of a stagnating market, as well as a growing one. Companies try to maximise profits, and limited production lines are the most profitable. Maybe a slowdown in new riders has forced companies to concentrate on selling a second and third board to those already riding (maybe because they're getting [bored]?). Just a thought.

Anyone got real figures, like resort stats?

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