Merry Whatever! We wish you a politically correct December…

67% Prefer Merry Christmas while 26% Opt for Happy Holidays
Thursday, November 22, 2007
As the holiday season begins, 67% of American adults like stores to use the phrase “Merry Christmas” in their seasonal advertising rather than “Happy Holidays.” A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 26% prefer the Happy Holidays line.

There is no gender gap on this question and few demographic differences. From a politically partisan perspective, 88% of Republicans prefer “Merry Christmas” while just 57% of Democrats favor the saying.

The poll says … Merry Christmas!
By Michelle Healy, USA TODAY November 30th 2009
If you think greetings such as “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” are poor substitutes for “Merry Christmas,” you’ve got company.
A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday finds that 69% of adults surveyed say “Merry Christmas” is the greeting they most likely would use this time of year when first meeting someone. That’s up from 56% in 2004. Only 29% would opt for “Happy Holidays,” down from 41% in 2004.

In Search of Smokin Snowboards – “The Factory Tour”

Smokin Snowboards from Bob Daly on Vimeo.

What can I say about Jay Quintlin…He showed up at our shop back in 1990, and submitted an impressive resume of his snowboarding abilities. He was  like the east coast counter part to Jimmy Halopoff who had just won the California series. So we gave him a spot on the Shoreline team. If you recall Jimmy back in the day he was a bit wild, and would often have a little to much to drink and turn into Rocky Balboa. These antics we’re captured in the now classic “Whiskey” videos.
So if you thought the East coast Rappers vs the West coast rappers was over the top, It was East vs West Snowboarders that First went to blows. To make matters worse, poor Jay was way out numbered. There was kind of a make shift gang of South Lake Tahoe Snowboarders known as “The South Shore Posse” Just add Alcohol, and there was a good chance something stupid would happen. So being a bunch of insecure, overly competitive Snowboarders they did  what made perfect sense to them at the time, They showed up at Jay’s house one day and packed up his belongings and ran him out of town. for real, this is the wild west and South Lake just wasn’t big enough for Jimmy and Jay….I only recall bits and pieces of this event, so those of you with more details feel free to add comments or correct my bad memory.
It was sometime later that Jay took on the nick name “Smokin Jay” I think it has something to do with how fast he left South Lake….or may-be women thought he was Hot! but in either case Smokin Jay continued his wild west adventure on the North shore of Lake Tahoe where the peaceful, fun loving locals excepted him as one of their own. It was there that Jay started making snowboards. Smokin Jay Snowboards humble beginnings 14 years ago started in a round about way on the Shoreline Snowboard team…..kind of…well I’m sure we helped with the nick name at least… Now simply called “Smokin Snowboards” Jay has built up his board’s demand by mirroring some of the characteristics found in boards made at the Mervin Manufacturing factory.
All kidding aside, I m very proud of Jay’s Success, American Made products are the best. I like what he has done, and we’re very happy to be selling his boards here at Shoreline of Tahoe. Let me take this time to apologize for the rough time you endured by a few locals, who didn’t realize how big snowboarding would become. The funny thing is many of those individuals have also made their mark in the snowboard industry, so I know forgiveness is part of the Dysfunctional family known as the Snowboard industry.

How to buy the right snowboard

How to select the right snowboard

How to select the right snowboard

It’s sometimes hard to buy the right snowboard. Even for people who have been riding for more then 10 years sometimes have trouble Choosing the right snowboard. It’s even harder when you are a beginner and you are wondering what the best board for a beginner would be. So That’s why we wrote this article.

Selecting a snowboard can be a complex process. A rider looking to purchase a board needed to decide according to the shape – freestyle, freeride, all mountain, stiffness, length, waist size – important for big feet, and graphics of course. Now brands are adding a new dimension: camber profiles!
Some brands offer up to 5 different profiles: classical positive camber, camber for powder, reverse camber only in between the feet, reverse with flat base under the feet, and some hybrid camber to round it up. It’s sometime summarized as S, V, U W camber shapes. How do I choose a board now? The simple rule with reverse camber / rocker snowboards is that they make all areas of your riding easier because the boards are more forgiving. Powder floats higher, Park less edge contact and Freestyle disengage the edges quicker. When it comes to Freeride, camber / rocker can be less stable at high speeds due to its reduced edge contact.

In 1985 boards were all rocker, but classical positive camber became the standard simply because it just works better, then the original rocker designs.
Lib and Gnu call it Banana Technology. Their boards bow from the middle to the tip (there are variations between models). One feature that Lib Tech and Gnu also offer on all their Banana Technology designs, Magnetraction which is like a serrated edge to increase its edge ability to cut though hard pack and ice.
Burton, K2 and Ride call their version Rocker, the difference being that their boards are flat between the bindings and rise from the binding to the tip (there are variations between models).

A quick starting point for board length is to have it reach somewhere between the tip of your chin and the top of your hairline when standing the board in front of you. The board you most enjoy riding, however, may not fall within that range. Typically, a jib board for rails and flatground tricks will be a little shorter. A board intended purely for powder riding or for high speed carving down groomed runs will be a little longer. Reverse camber boards in powder are easier to keep on top of the powder, so you can get away with a smaller board in powder. A heavier set person will often be better off with a little longer board, whereas a small framed person may end up happier on a shorter board.

Personal preference is a huge factor in the flex of the board you select. Stiffer boards are typically used for higher speeds, carving, or pipe riding. Softer boards are preferred for beginners. It is easier to initiate a turn with a softer board, while stiffer boards will hold an edge at a higher speed.

The width of the board should be fit to your boot size and stance angles. Typically, boots size 12 (mens) and larger should be on a board designated as wide. For maximum response, a width that allows the toe and heel of the boot to sit up to an inch over the edge of the board is ideal. The combination of the curve of the boot sole and the rise from the binding baseplate will eliminate the possibility of heel or toe drag.

Boards come in many shapes. This may not be obvious at a glance, but there are several possibilities. The most common shapes are twin and directional. A twin shaped board is one that is symmetrical tip and tail with sidecut that is the same at either end. Twin shaped boards are great for park and pipe riding, and are easier to ride switch (rear foot first). A directional board has a longer tail than nose and often has progressive sidecut, where the radius is not one consistent curve from tip to tail. Directional boards are more often used for freeriding.
There are also tapered, swallowtail, and other shapes.

Taper refers to the difference in width between tip and tail of the board. Tapered boards are ideal for powder because the narrower tail will sink more easily, allowing to nose of the board to stay at or above the surface. Tapered boards also work well for carving on groomed runs, but don’t work as well for riding switch.


If you like to ride with a really wide stance or a really narrow stance, then you will want to check the stance options on the board. All boards have inserts to attach the bindings to the board, and there will be a range of widths possible using those inserts. Besides width, there is also setback to consider. Many boards come with the inserts set back 1? or more from a centered stance, but the bindings can still be mounted on center. Conversely, for boards with the inserts centered on a board, bindings can still be mounted off center.