Line Skis 2001-02
The boundaries that once separated skiboards from twin-tip skis are gone. And that's just fine, because that's where the skiboard market is heading anyway, says Line Skis founder Jason Levinthal.
"We're really blending the two sports," Levinthal says. "It's kind of always been heading that direction, but this year we're starting to bridge that gap between the two."
Line will still make 99-cm and shorter skiboards, including the best-selling 98-cm Mike Nick Pro Model and the 94-cm Weapon. But more of the focus will be on its line of seven twin-tip skis that range in length from 133 cm to 182 cm. The company spent part of last summer retooling its factory with new 3-D presses that will enable them to make all of its skis with durable cap constructions.
For 2001-2002, Line is adding a twin-tip/powder/big mountain ski called The Mother Ship (182 cm) and a new park and pipe Skogen Sprang Pro Model (176 cm). It also returns the 164-cm Twelvesixty with a polycarbonate grind plate and the 182-cm all-mountain Darkside. All of Line's twin-tip skis have 76-mm waists, except The Mother Ship (96 mm). The 193-cm Dragon has been eliminated from the line.
The World Skiboard Federation this winter held a rider vote on its website on whether or not to eliminate the 99-cm-and-shorter rule in skiboard competitions. The results of that vote weren't available at press time, but that hardly mattered to Levinthal, who has known what direction the sport has been headed for years. Line has three new twin-tip skis (offered in lengths of 133 cm, 142 cm and 153 cm) designed especially for progressive skiboarders or young twin-tip skiers. (The 142-cm model is also called the Mike Nick Pro Model.)
Line twin tips feature wood core constructions, progressive mounting geometry, and equal tip and tail heights. Prices have increased slightly for 2001-2002, but Line will still offer its top-of-the-line models under $500.
"We kept pushing it, but we could only take it so far with 99-cm skiboards," he says. "You need the freedom to ride whatever it is you want and that's what we're doing by creating the 133, 142 and 153 cm models."
New: The Mother Ship, Skogen Sprang Pro Model, Ghetto Blaster (133-cm twin tip-pipe and park ski), Mike Nick Pro Model (142 cm twin-tip), The 153.
Modified: Twelvesixty (new grind plate), Darkside (new graphics, 2 cm shorter).
Unchanged: Mike Nick Pro Model (98 cm skiboard), The Weapon, Bullet, Five-O, Fly.