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The Anti-Snowboard

Despite appearances snowboarding has always had more in common
with skiing than with surfing and skateboarding, its original
inspirations. Snowboarders wear stiff boots fastened to the board
with bindings, and they maintain control by turning on metal
edges--making the snowboard little more than a giant ski.

Now, from Harbor Island Manufacturing of Olympia, Wash., comes
SnoDad, one giant leap backward in snowboard evolution. SnoDad
looks and functions more like a surfboard than a snowboard, and
it doesn't require much in the way of gear besides rugged shoes
and snow pants. Made from laminated maple, SnoDad is 57 inches
long and weighs about 7 1/2 pounds. It is steered much like a
surfboard, with three 1 3/4-inch replaceable fins. The fins and
the board's lack of edges mean that SnoDad isn't intended for use
on the packed powder of a ski slope but instead is ideal for the
virgin snow of, say, your local golf course. A concave shape and
urethane treads provide the board's only foothold and make it
look not unlike an oversized, pimply banana.

With no bindings, you won't be blasting 30-foot airs on SnoDad
anytime soon, but you won't be blowing a zillion dollars on
special boots, either. The board will set you back $295. To find
out more, visit Harbor Island at or call

--Mark Beech