RMU’s new ski is based on the construction of a surfboard; learn how they developed it

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The good folks at Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU) just released episode one of a new, three-part series that highlights the brand’s next big project: making a surf-inspired ski—dubbed Project North Shore—that will be available exclusively through evo in the fall of 2017.

RMU asked two of its ski athletes, Ethan Swadburg and Ben Smith, to spearhead the project, having the duo travel from RMU’s home in Breckenridge, Colorado to the shores of San Diego, California, and Mexico to experience riding and shaping surfboards first-hand. With help from their friends at Shaper Studios, Swadburg and Smith actually make their own surfboard, learning the inner workings of surfboard design. They note some of the attributes they hope to bring to their ski, such as the surfy feel of the surfboards and the incredible lift they provide. Stay tuned for episode two, coming soon, to see how they apply this knowledge when working with RMU’s in-house design team to make the Project North Shore ski.


Photos from RMU’s surfboard shaping experience

All photos courtesy of Jessie Unruh/Rocky Mountain Underground.

RMU athletes Ben Smith and Ethan Swadburg take to the waves while looking for inspiration for the Project North Shore skis.

Ethan Swadburg learning the intricacies of shaping a surfboard.

Ben Smith takes his turn with the board, sanding it down.

The duo will take these skills and apply them when designing RMU’s surf-inspired ski.

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