Welcome to the Prospect Wake Team Beau Goforth

Check out Prospect wakeboard team rider Beau Goforth get his trick on at Quest in TX. Young buck is killin it on film and in the ‘am contests. Up and Up!

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Wakeboards now available to order!

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Prospect is stoked to bring you our new line of wakeboards to the public. We hand craft each board from constructing the cores, processing our own artwork, and pressing our boards in house at our factory here in the USA. All of our Prospect Wakeboard use our bullet proof “Bazooka” construction that brings super durable sidewall construction adopted from our snowboard construction. This hasn’t been seen in the wakeboard industry and is a tech that we developed in house and is totally exclusive to our boards.

Available specially for our wake product Launch we are offering $50 off our new line of 2014 wakeboards and free shipping within the continental U.S.!

Use coupon code “launch” during checkout

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Each of our boards come with our BAZOOKA GUM WALL technology, SINTERED UMHWPE ultra tough snowboard base, and full poplar POP CORE.

  • The Bazooka gumwall is a super tough and impact resistant rubber sidewall that is made from the same material as skate wheels. This acts as a super tough barrier to waterproof the wood core and also dampens the ride to cut through chop.
  • The Sintered UMHWPE base is the same material used on our snowboards. It slides easily over pretty much any surface you encounter in the park  and winch session.
  • The full poplar Pop Core is our secret to a board that launches with pop and cushions harsh landings with the suspension power of wood.

The E-LIP ROCKER profile is another technology that we developed in house with Purpose. Again it is exclusive to our line of boards.

  • The E-lip Rocker shape uses an elliptical shape that kicks up faster as it approaches the tip and tail. It is a fast, shallow riding mid section, a smoother rocker transition, and tips that pop up on the wake. It is the best of both continuous and staged rocker worlds.
  • The Pivot points under each foot are what give that upward pop on jumps and also create and make it easier to press on rails in the park.
  • The rocker profile is available in 3 flex options: A super easy flex to tear up the park found in the e-lip flex, the normal stiffness found in the E-lip, and an awesome all around flex made just for the ladies in the Elip Chick.

An important note, at this stage our stock is limited due to huge demand for our boards. On the upside, your board order will indeed be hand crafted and fresh pressed. We do however need a bit of time to make your board. Some resins take a week to completely cure and a fresh core takes a few days as well.  We do have stock of some boards which will be sent out right away. Boards that we need to make to order don’t cost any extra, but give us 3 weeks to deliver. We will be in contact with you after your order with additional details.

 

 

Welcome to the Team: The Nikstad 1-2 punch

We’re stoked to bring on the Brother/Sister riding duo Erik Nikstad and Anna Nikstad.  While getting the wakeboard line up and running they helped us develop awesome tech. The relationship just clicked.  They can often be seen shredding Texas Ski Ranch and other cable parks around texas.

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The Launch of Prospect Wakeboards

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Prospect is stoked to be launching our new line of wakeboards to riders looking for a fresh new alternative to the wake technologies that have been around forever.  We’ve put our minds to the grindstone to create not only a board that rides great, offers smart material and shaping enhancements to up anyones riding game from beginner to pro. Riders looking for something unique, something that 5 other buddies don’t have, something that reaches outside the box are Prospect “Prospects” (riders who look to creatively up the level of riding in with a style that is different from every other bro in the park). They guys at Prospect have come up with an awesome formula to a wakeboard that performs on wake and in the park.

Capabilities Match Needs

The evolution of wakeboarding has brought new needs in performance and durability as riders progress from strictly riding behind a boat to street style winch sessions and terrain park style riding as cable parks grow in popularity.

Different flex patterns, rocker profiles, and shaping has become a staple in upping the riding game. Making a wakeboard that jumps better, presses easier, and provides forgiving flex at the right moments is part of what we’ve developed. The simple tweaks we’ve created are key to making a wakeboard that rides great in all conditions and leaves other boards scrambling to duplicate the same feel.

The introduction of different sliding surfaces from plastic to concrete and chances of impact require a more durable construction; A construction that snowboards have strived for and developed for several years. The materials used in snowboards: the wood core, the UMHW sintered base, ultra tough resins and reinforcements (minus the edges) are what we use to make an absolutely bomber wakeboard. From our impact resistant urethane sidewalls, the sintered snowboard base, to the rubber toughened fracture resistant epoxy we use to keep it all together.

Ultra Durable construction and materials

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No more explosions on unfortunate impacts or debilitating dings from dropping the board out of the boat. Who hasn’t dropped their foam core wakeboard only to see the crumbles of foam tears drop out of the corner that looks like it went into a ballistic explosion?  Our boards have bomber durability because of our 80A durometer seamless urethane rubber sidewalls, the ultra slick and waxable (for faster slicker ride) UMHW snowboard base material, and “Naturally” impact resistant wood core.  We use materials that are built to keep shape when the hard riding gets tough.

Unique riders, Unique wakeboards

Prospect wakeboards are for someone who sees that wakeboarding is a bitchin way of self expression for the modern athlete and realizes that there is more than just the staple brands in life. One thing is simple, status quo is bullshit and having the desired products from mass produced companies is somehow programmed to be cool.

Riders sporting the same gear as everyone else sets a path that will have you working up to looking like every other rider. The same gear leads to the same style, the same tricks. Where is the fun in that? Prospect says ditch that ideal and create a whole new ride that creates new outlets to create a swag riding style to outpace the standard trick library everyone else is working toward.

Easy tail presses and Pop on Jumplines

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Making an easy pressing wakeboard that also has good pop on jumps has been 2 distinct opposites until now. We created a rocker profile that others just haven’t thought to combine. First a pivot point directly under foot creates a fulcrum or tipping point which allows an easy weight shift on to the outside tips.  With our elip rocker we’ve also pitched up the tips for gnarlier, more aggressive presses.

What’s truly great about our E-lip rocker profile is that it creates stages from under foot to the tips that generate pop on the wake. The more aggressive pitch at the tip along with the upward rocker point under foot utilize the whole wake to generate awesome upward pop. Unlike 3 stage rocker, which crashes into the wake for upward pop, our E-lip lip rocker can utilize the entire wake starting from the base and ramps up for a smoother upward pop rather than a leg buckling slam.

The riders  journey

In the boardsports industry the same gear produces the same rider styles and tricks. The same mass produced product is a limiting factor into the imagination of what a rider can produce in these style and tricks.  To evolve wakeboarding it takes not only outside the box imagination, but outside the box gear.

Our boards (both wake and snow) are essential to athletes that want to evolve the way they ride beyond the bounds of common thoughts and evolve their style and performance into unvisited territory.

The “Nature” of Wood

Wood is rad. Its renewable, it’s strong, it keeps its flex even over a gazillion uses, and it dampens out the harshest rides. We like the way it has flex and it enhances the way the wakeboard rides behind the boat and in the park. Like lifting free weights vs. lifting on a machine, free weights are raw and provide better all around results. Wood has all around better flex characteristics and loads up for a raw feeling pop.  Wood also offers real core strength that supports the laminate (fiberglass and carbon) to produce a more durable wakeboard. With foam, the core and laminate don’t work together and if one fails, the both fail. Wood is NATURALLY better!

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The bigger story

What it sums up to, we aren’t here to say one wakeboard has it right others have it wrong. There are no 100% correct or incorrect answers in world of endless options., we are here to connect athletes to new ideas and concepts that simply does not come from hugely outsourced production. With Prospect, you are getting gear that is uniquely created right from the hands and mind of people that actively ride. The ideas and craftsmanship that result enhance the riding experience and up the performance for riders at any range of ability level from beginner to pro.

Beta Test Team

 Recruiting Beta Test Riders

The guys at Prospect have come up with some bitchin ideas and this one might be at the top. We are able to offer the opportunity that no other factory is able to offer, an exclusive way for riders to develop the sport they live to do.

The Beta rider program gives dedicated snowboarders, skiers, and wakeboarders a chance to get into research and development in the action sports industry. What’s even better is all you have to do is get out and ride.

Our Beta testers will get access to future product technologies, new shapes, new designs before they hit the market.

We want testers that are looking to contribute to their sport for the better, try new cutting edge ideas, and contribute feedback to up the game in the snow and water sports world.

This will be a very exclusive club in which not everyone is going be able to contribute.  The applicants will far outweigh the available positions.  For each project we will introduce different skill sets that will fit a particular purpose the board is looking to serve.  A wide variety of riders could fit the profile we are looking for. One single rider may fit the development scope of one project but not another so be sure to know what your skill set it.

We will be introducing these projects by email to people who sign up for the beta rider program.  To get into the world of Snow and water sports R&D sign up for email alerts to get notified when these opportunities arise. Drop us your name and email and we’ll contact you about upcoming beta projects with the Prospect.

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Prospect snow and wake mfg factory video

One of our local guys put together this video of the Prospect factory in action. There is a level of pride in what has developed over the past 3 years and we’re stoked to be able to share it. Calen Albert, who made the video… Dude you are crazy rad. T.j. Homan who rides for us also gets a shot in the vid. Everytime I see his new footage I’m amazed at how he is stepping up the bar. Serious talent here ladies and gentleman.

I met these guys as groms when I first got Prospect off the ground. Since, we’ve kept tabs on each other. This year was a reinvention and rejuvenation for Prospect. I’m glad we all have been able to bring talents to the table to better the local scene. That is what I envisioned from day one.

You guys rock!

Custom Snowboards

Custom Snowboards by Prospect

We’ve gotten asked and asked… Can you do custom snowboards?
We’ve held off. Why? There was some bigger things we had to tackle.

Now, it is ready and we are building some seriously sick boards. We have access to the materials, everything is built and printed in house, and now we have an awesome new retail location that gives you full access to our snowboard factory.

We’ve made some changes…

Baseline prices on our line of boards is now just $399. You can then customize your snowboard by mixing and matching models with artwork, give us your own artwork, and even create your own shape for our range of cambers. You can also add materials like carbon reinforcements, different sidewalls, and faster bases. There are thousands of configurations to chose to make your custom snowboard truly individual.

Feast your eyes on our Custom Snowboard Menu…
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THE PROSPECT SNOWBOARDS FLAGSHIP STORE GRAND OPENING

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An opening of grand magnitude!!! 11-29-2013 – 12-1-2013

We are all moved, up, and running at our new Fitchburg location.  Complete with a new showroom to see our locally made and hand crafted snowboards right here in Madison.  The grand opening will feature factory tours of how we make our snowboards and special deals on this years products including our eco board “The Green Ma-chine”.

Here are the deals we are running from 11-29-13 to 12-1-13

 Trade in any snowboard and get $100 credit toward any Prospect Snowboard

Bring in your board and we’ll wax it for free on the spot! While supplies last

Half off edge tuning, base grinding, and professional tuning.

Sign up to win a special edition Prospect Snowboard

Skip the over produced, dime a dozen products you see everywhere else on Black Friday weekend and come see true hand craft produced snowboards.

The Big Factory Tour

On 11-30-2013 at 11:00 a.m. we will hold our main factory tour.  During the tour we well be laying up an actual Prospect Snowboard.  You’ll be able to see exactly what goes into making a snowboard and how all the materials work together to make the products you love.  We expect a huge showing for this and may have to limit the audience for this so you can sign up early by emailing us at contact (at) prospectsnowboards.com.

The Raffle

The board we will be laying up is going to be a single, one of a kind, special edition snowboard that will go to one lucky winner. YES! we are giving away a snowboard! The raffle is only available to people that stop in over the weekend!

Best thing we are right on the way in to Tyrol Basin! So you can stop in and see the latest snowboards on your way to the hill.

Boardercross GS racer

New for 2013/2014 Reinvented – the STG1 Racer, a new eco snowboard, wakeboards, and a new home.

Prospect Green-machine Prospect snowboard artBoardercross GS racerThis spring and summer may be the biggest reinvention we’ve done since the startup of Prospect. Moving the factory, vertical integration, new wakeboard prototypes, a printing operation, new camber profiles, a new race board, a new eco board, and lets not forget an absolutely awesome DROP IN PRICES!!!

Exciting times in the life of our snowboard company.  We’ve worked hard to become a totally independent brand, that hand crafts our own boards, without the influence of of minds that have nothing to do with snowboarding. Everything done in the process of making Prospect Snowboards, we have our hands, elbows, and necks fully immersed.  We are stoked to say we are moving into an upgraded space with a totally integrated process that lets us build all of our boards in house from start to finish. From printing, to pressing, to riding everything is based  from the factory.

We also took our experience and transitioned our durability in snowboards into making wakeboards.  With a little bit of homework and research on how boat hulls work we came up with a wakeboard that makes a great flex deck for cable park riding with a shape that works well behind the boat as well.  These boards will debut spring of 2014 to give us ample time to test out prototypes and make a super fun wakeboard that performs like a champ. We can’t show you the goods yet, but it will be here soon.

Did we mention we are dropping our prices across the board, on all of our models? With all processes being done in house from making cores, to sublimating graphics, to pressing our decks we save a few bucks.  Why not pass the savings on to you? Previously, we sold our decks at a stellar $450 smackers and now we have prices as low as $299.  Especially our new eco board called the green ma-chine we have driven the price down as low as a totally affordable $399.  After seeing tons of other eco snowboards being more expensive, we figured why be punished for being environmentally responsible? To make this an absolutely stellar deal every Green Ma-chine will be hand crafted to order, signed and numbered from now until December 1st.

We are also introducing some new artwork from our friend Brad Jackson, an Australian adventurer, mountaineer, and photographer.  He clipped this photo on one of his expeditions and was kind enough to let us put it on our boards. A great guy and a great supporter of projects like this.

We also entered a new segment in snowboarding. Alpine racing and boardercoss have made a bit of a comeback with leagues popping up in schools and local hills everywhere. The hurdle for kids is not only buying a whole other snowboard dedicated for racing, but also the cost for racing boards easily exceeds $1000.  It is a little discouraging to riders who think they have to drop $1500 bucks to win races. That’s like thinking a band in a garage will never make it big because they aren’t on American Idol.  We call bullshit.  Instead, we came up with a racing board co-engineered with local race coach Brent Alderman called the STG1 that is jet fighter fast at less than half the cost of some of the boutique racing boards.  We absolutely can’t wait to see our boards beating boards that are double the cost.

Everything is available to order right now with an approximate delivery time of 4 to 8 weeks!

 

Green eco snowboard

Sneak Peak 2013/14 – The Green Machine

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Here is a rendering for a new model for the 2013/14 season.  Dubbed “The Green Machine”, you guessed it, will be made from the greenest, most recycled, reclaimed, or domestically sourced materials available. Lets not fail to mention that it is going to be offered at a bomber price.

The first initiative is to use renewable, natural resources for as many materials as possible.  The core is locally sourced and reclaimed from a local mill that would have otherwise ended in a burn pit.  Our epoxy system is pine sap and vegetable oil based that skips out on using petroleum.  This epoxy doesn’t release poisonous vapors when we work on it and it is pretty much born for making snowboards.

Our Bamboo sidewalls skip out on plastic based materials. Plastics take a huge amount of energy and produce byproduct that pollutes.  We also replaced energy hungry carbon fiber with totally renewable, super strong hemp.  This combination makes a damp and stable ride with pop to get you in the air.

Some plastics like the topsheet and base are tough to replace with bio content.  Instead, we source them domestically to cut out the carbon footprint of transporting material halfway around the world.  The tipfill, which is the same material as the base, is reclaimed from prints that didn’t end up using.  Just another way we put effort into making the greenest board as possible.

Oh plan on this board being tough to find. Only available here on the website or in the shop!