KORUA Shapes x Aaron Schwartz

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KORUA Shapes are right at the forefront of where snowboarding is right now. The Swiss brand have a small line of high-end boards, infused with surf style and ready for shredding pow – every one of them – along with clean, white topsheets and an ethos built around shape and the quiver concept. 

At ISPO 2017, amongst a sea of awesome new stuff, one board really stood out for me; a Puzzle 61 plastered with legendary resorts, zones, and mountain ranges.The deck is a collaboration between KORUA Shapes and artist Aaron Schwartz.

 

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Aaron Schwartz and KORUA Shapes collabs, left to right; Apollo 56, Stealth 56 and Puzzle 61.

 

Originally from Vancouver, Schwartz currently calls the Swiss resort of Laax home. His skills lie in graphic design and illustration but a quick check of his Instagram feed reveals that he’s a pretty talented photographer too. Aaron spent 3 days at ISPO working on the ‘resorts’ shape. Spots were added to the deck as people wandered past during the trade show and called out their favourite places to go riding. The text was added directly to the topsheet after which a clear coat was applied. This creates a board that is literally one of a kind – something that will never be reproduced again. Very cool.

 

“I sat at the ISPO convention for 3 days drawing the names of places people enjoyed to go snowboarding. Some were of strangers walking by, whom I asked where they are from / where they liked to ride, others were shoutouts to friends or pros, some were suggestions from industry people or pros, and so on. It filled up with 102 places in the end. It was a really cool experience talking to people and asking where they like to go slide sideways on snow. So many places I’ve never been to! I’ve got a long travel check-list now.” Aaron Schwartz

 

The artwork represents makes up a pretty awesome list of where to go shredding. And if you’ve hit even half of all these spots, you’re doing pretty well. Here’s the full list as supplied by Aaron:

 

  • Laax -GR / Switzerland
  • Whistler – BC / Canada
  • Airolo – TI / Switzerland
  • Wendelstein, Germany
  • Saas Fee – VS / Switzerland
  • Mt. Baker – USA
  • La Grave – France
  • Spitzingsee – Germany
  • Courmayeur – Italy
  • Thompson Pass & Valdez – Alaska / USA
  • Revelstoke – BC / Canada
  • Serfaus – Austria
  • Stubai – Austria
  • Chamonix & Mt. Blanc – France
  • Zermatt – Switzerland
  • Kampenwand – Germany
  • Chatel – France
  • Mammoth – USA
  • Hoine – South Korea
  • Tahoe – USA
  • Baldface – BC / Canada
  • Klosters & Davos – GR / Switzerland
  • Verbier – Switzerland
  • Dizin – Iran
  • Rusutsu – Hokkaido / Japan
  • Flotsky – Russia
  • Hanazono – Hokkaido / Japan
  • Breckenridge – USA
  • Maloja – GR / Switzerland
  • Avoriaz – France
  • Livigno – Italy
  • Gryon – VD, Switzerland
  • Portes Du Soleil & Champery Les Crosets – Switzerland
  • Bregenzer Wald – Austria
  • Big White – BC / Canada
  • Flachauwinkel – Austria
  • Hemsedal – Norway
  • Krasnaya Polayana – Russia
  • Kaprun – Austria
  • Anapuri – Hokkaido / Japan
  • Morzine – France
  • Mt. Seymour – BC / Canada
  • Vorarlberg & St. Anton – Austria
  • Svanetiai – Georgia
  • Asahidake – Hokkaido, Japan
  • Sudelfeld – Germany
  • Laucherenstoeckli – Switzerland
  • Tandadalen – Norway
  • Tordrillo – Alaska / USA
  • Hock-Ybrig – Switzerland
  • Bosco-Gurin – TI, Switzerland
  • Harz – Germany
  • Bozeman – Montana, USA
  • Craigieburn – New Zealand
  • Valle Nevado – Chile
  • Cerro Bayo – Argentina
  • Fernie – BC / Canada
  • Poiana Brason – Romania
  • Maddonna Di Campiglio – Italy
  • Lyngies – Norway
  • La Molina – Spain
  • Banff – BC / Canada
  • Jackson Hole – USA
  • Kamchatka – Russia
  • Aspen – Colorado / USA
  • Tschiertschen – GR / Switzerland
  • Semmering – Austria
  • Ifen – Austria
  • White Water – BC / Canada
  • Hokkaido, the whole island – Japan
  • La Hoya – Chile
  • Niseko – Hokkaido / Japan
  • The Books – Alaska / USA
  • Sonnenkopf – Austria
  • Leysin – Switzerland
  • Tignes – France
  • Are – Sweden
  • Fiescher Alp – Switzerland
  • Fuck Alta – Utah / USA
  • Grindelwald – Switzerland
  • Cervinia – Italy
  • Les Deux Alpes – France
  • Park City – Utah / USA
  • Mayrhofen – Austria
  • Rotwald Simplon – Switzerland
  • Grand Targhee – USA
  • Walmendinger Horn – Austria
  • Cordova Peak – Alaska / USA
  • La Cerdanya – Spain
  • Damuehls – Austria
  • Arosa & Lenzerheide – Switzerland
  • Gruesch Danusa – GR / Switzerland
  • Lofoten – Norway
  • Corvatsch – GR / Switzerland
  • Zinal – Switzerland
  • Schlick – Austria
  • Red Mountain – BC / Canada
  • Cari – TI, Swizterland
  • Montafon – Austria
  • Pemberton – BC / Canada
  • Alpental Summit at Snoqualmie – USA
  • RIP San Bernardino – Switzerland
  • Selkirk – BC / Canada
  • And pretty much anywhere there’s pow…

 

 

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KORUA Shapes at ISPO 2016. Including the rather awesome looking Pencil 64 Split on the left.

 

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Aaron Schwartz’s Puzzle 61 graphic at ISPO 2016.

 

The other 2 boards Schwartz has drawn artwork for is a Stealth ’56 and an Apollo ’56 (see main image). Both are beautiful things, both are one of a kind. It makes me wonder whether the idea of custom snowboard artwork could become popular across the snowboard industry. Perhaps it’s a little time-consuming and expensive for the mainstream right now but I reckon there will be plenty of riders out there willing to wait and little longer and pay a little more for a one-off board – especially if it looks like Aaron’s KORUA creations.

All 3 decks will be available at some point through the KORUA Shapes website.

Aaron Schwartz is available for similar projects. Check out his work at aaronschwartz.ca.

 

 

 

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