For winter 2013-14, Burton Snowboards is stepping up their game in the women’s market. For over 10 years, the Burton Feelgood has reigned as the most popular women’s all-mountain snowboard on the market. Next year, they release the Day Trader, a more advanced powder, all-mountain board with input from team rider Kimmy Fasani. I caught up with Fasani (who was in a wheelchair) at Outdoor Retailer to talk about the board and her plans for this season as she recovers from an injury.
Tell me about the Day Trader.
It’s a set-back directional board that’s flat underfoot all the way to the tip and tail, which have a bit of rocker to float in powder. The tail is tapered, giving an efficient turn radius but doesn’t compromise any pop. The cool thing is, because the edge contact is longer and the nose and tail are a little less voluminous, you can ride a smaller size but get the same deep snow performance.
Where did you test it?
I took an early prototype to Revelstoke, British Columbia, where we had a lot of vast terrain—trees, pillow lines, steep faces. I got to ride it in a lot of varied types of terrain.
What feedback did you give that made it into the final version?
I asked the designers to lighten up on the tail stiffness so that it could be responsive and have good pop. I also wanted them to lessen the width of the nose. As a petite girl, I don’t need a boat for a nose. Less nose means more stability. But it still has good float.
So this is a more advanced board than the Feelgood?
This board is meant for advanced terrain, so, yes. It will also help intermediate riders become better riders. The guys have had advanced boards like this for a while with the flat/reverse camber; now it’s our turn.
Tell me about the injury.
I was practicing switch backside 540s in the park in December and I was too heavy on my toe edge on the takeoff. I got hooked into the trees.
A fractured pelvis and I tore up my knee—ACL, MCL, and PCL.
What’s the recovery looking like?
I have a goal to do the June Lake Triathlon outside of Mammoth, California, in July. So I’m currently in the gym, riding a bike. I’m one month into my injury which means I’m one month closer to recovery.
So you’re probably dreaming about next season.
Definitely. I had to pull my part from the ESPN ReelWomen contest, in which readers vote on their favorite clip. I was one of two snowboarders in the contest, which was a huge honor. Hopefully that opportunity will happen again. I really just want to be 100-percent recovered and be able to film in the backcountry again.