Splittin Hares – Ushering of a New Splitboard


I’ve spent three good years with my home-made Smokin split-board, and couldn’t be happier with how it all panned out.  For coming up on a short run Tahoe made Smokin Board my friend Nikki Grieves because I dog-sat his weiner dog that eventually got shipped off to Alabama, and having some space in a friends garage to get the skillsaw rippin, this thing has served me well.

At the time, I didn’t really know much about split-boarding, but what I did know was that it took cutting a perfectly good snowboard in half, and I had a skill-saw.  So the Smokin was it, with a giant core shot, and some twin sized bed frames found in Tommy Bunch’s garage, I measured some shit up, took a safety break, and let the saw rip down the semi-precise bed frame guides.  When both tip and tail separated from each-other, I held in my hands a snowboard in two pieces,  and I was stoked.  I went into the house to show someone the board was officially fucked!  No one gave a shit.

Over the course of the next few years I learned what the backcountry was with the Smokin.  Trips to Northern California mixed with BMX and half baked plans to do some adventuring on the split around Shasta put the backcountry movement in motion.  The first year added up to only a few small outings on the split, which got me acquainted with what being in the backcountry actually entailed.  When it comes down to it, you aren’t getting that deep into the backcountry with your home-made split.

The next year I was fortunate enough to meet, and be thoroughly inducted into the backcountry by a true Yeti, John Lucia.  While we only did a few trips, they were big, and absolutely memorable, Mt. Bailey, Middle Sister, and South Sister were all taken down with the style of a true big mountain guide….in flip-flops.  So it wasn’t that difficult.

The third year was a charm.  A few laps under the belt, I decided  a snowmobile was in order to access the terrain I could only ponder from the chairlifts of Mt. Bachelor.  Considering only having a backyard career in motocross, snowmobiles seemed like a logical step to get myself even further away from anything I had a basis in.  Mount some gun racks to the back of your snowmobile, strap your pieced together split on that thing and you’ve got a good mixture to get yourself into some stuff, and a good chance at getting out.

It’s the middle of December 2012 3:01am, I’ve got a brand new Burton Family Tree Splitboard, Sparks R&D binding, and all necessary attachments beckoning me through the light of an open garage door.  I’d say after three solid years on the Smokin Split it’s time to piece together my new means of carrying me deeper into the search for terrain that I have yet to discover. A big thanks to Nikki Grieves, and Tommy Bunch for providing me with a place to get that first split together, John Lucia for making me pay attention when I’m in a place where I shouldn’t be, and Andrew McGettigan for gettin me a nicely priced new whip, as well as Crows Feet Commons for piecing together the remaining bits needed to pull this project together.  Pretty stoked to have a solid basis with some solid background to start the search this season.

Dave Reuss

About Dave Reuss

They say you can take the kid out of Cottonwood, but ya can't take the Cottonwood outta the kid, which has led this small town time traveler in search of landscapes to ride far and near. Trail rider, snow smasher, roofer, undercover nerd, it's a mixed bag of good times.