Powfinder Snowboards: Build on decades of Freeride experience
For over thirty years the guys behind Powfinder have been chasing storms to ride fresh powder and surf the cleanest waves in the best conditions possible. At first as separate individuals, but more and more as a crew of powder buddies along the way. Morris, Haas and Sander founded POWFINDER in 2017
It’s been a ride with many ups, but also with the lowest downs. In these decades they traveled many countries, made lots of new friends and rode all kinds of boards. All these years just one thing remained the same: the endless search for that ultimate feeling. Nothing beats the euphoric state of mind you get from riding the deepest pow.
The early days
1995 - 2007 It must have been during the memorable winter of 1995 when Folkert and Morris first met. They have been riding powder together since.
Every winter was spent in the Alps. At first at fixed hang outs embedded in local communities. Their longing for the freshest snow, unspoiled lines and deep conditions became a quest: chasing powder. The biggest dumps led them to a lot of hidden gems in the Alps.
Both guys participated in a lot of snowboard test teams. This gave them the chance to ride and compare numerous swallowtail and specific powder snowboards. Inspired by the variety of boards they rode they sketched their first drafts of boards to come.
During that same period Sander was building and shaping snow- and surfboards for his privatelabel SEVERE.
2007 Morris co-founded wePowder and launched his first freeride "Bible", the wePowder Guide Nowadays the fastest growing pan European Freeride platform.
2007 Steven van Veen, founder of BMB ski, introduced Morris and Folkert to the beauty of bamboo. Steven invited them to built their own prototype snowboards at his woodshop atelier.
2008 Morris and Folkert released their first full bamboo snowboard. A stubby wide but rather short swallowtail.
2009 -2012 The guys designed a lot of bamboo boards, tested and improved their prototypes. Rumors traveled fast and a growing number of riders came to Stevens workshop to built and design a bamboo board or bamboo pair of skis.
2012 Disaster struck. On November the 12th Steven was caught by an avalanche. It left Morris and Folkert devastated. Lacking motivation family and friends dismantled the BMB workshop.
2013 - 2015 It took them quite some years to regain the motivation to start building snowboards again.
2016 - 2017 Sander joined the crew and lit the fire: A brand new bamboo adventure starts. Build on their shared experience brand new prototypes were shaped and tested
2017 Morris, Haas and Sander founded POWFINDER . The brand released firstborn the Morris 157 Signature Shape as its flagship.
2017 - 2018 Powfinder launched the Morris 164 Signature Shape for bigger guys and bigger lines.
2018 Powfinder extended its productline with the SURFR series and the Limited Edition. They introduced a new size: the 149. A snowsurfer especially designed for the smaller rider. The Powfinder line now exist of three different models in three different sizes. Due to ongoing health issues, Sander has decided to resign from the brand. His enthusiasm will be missed
2019 Prototype, sample and testing the Powdersplit 157.
POWFINDER SNOWBOARDS -THE THREE ENGINEERS:
Meteo Morris, godfather and designer of the Morris Signature Shapes. Life long powder and storm chaser with a background in Political Sciences and Organizational Behavior. Founder and lead forecaster of the pan European freeride platform wePowder -serving powder to the people since 2007.
'Haas' Haanstra craftsman, woodworker and shaper of Powfinder prototypes. Always working on new models. Has fallen in love with Bamboo and its amazing flex pattern. Life long powder chaser. Has a background in avalanche and snow safety. Initiated the 2019/2020 Powder Spli 157
Sander Kuipers Punkrock- and Snowboard-veteran. Has been traveling through the Alps for ages. Lost his health, not his passion. Sander played a major role in getting Powfinder where it is today. He shipped all orders, worked on the website and creator of the graphic design of all Powfinder snowboards. Ongoing limitations due to Lyme Disease forced him to step back and focus on less demanding activities.
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