$223.97 USD (30% off)
Mini-Twin Freestyle Banana!
Bananas are the perfect board for kids. They will learn faster, fall less and have way more fun. If you have kids, or sell to kids, or sell to parents of kids, you have a social and moral obligation to put them on a Banana with Magne-Traction. Treacherous camber was ok for you and me but not the next generation. Please don’t let kids ride camber! Handbuilt in the U.S.A. by snowboarders with jobs!
- Sizes 115, 125, 135
- Wide Sizes
- Shape True Twin
- Contour BTX
- About the Art
Christina “Pika” Burtner, inspired by the jungle and all it's wildlife, created this graphic for the Velvet Guru's launch. Jungle dreams, skinny jeans, and black velvet all inspired this bold, bright and playful artwork. The featured jungle creatures are smooth and stylish like the ladies who ride this board.
Handbuilt in the USA
Every Gnu is handmade by snowboarders with jobs in the USA.
All terrain rocker placed specifically between your feet where it belongs. Full tip-to-tail edge contact when you stand on your board for all terrain performance. Banana Tech is easy to ride, rips the hardpack and ice, kills the jibs and floats unbelievably. Bananas!
A Gnu sublimation system exclusive oddity. Hard, fast and virtually maintenance free. Loves a good wax job but, still slides well when you forget to wax.
“Turns ice into powder”
Serrated edges give great edge hold all over the mountain especially on hard pack and blue ice!
True Twin Geometries
Twin (equal length and equal width) tip and tails combined with a centered radial sidecut. Rides equally well in both directions with a focus on freestyle. Park, powder, pipe: perfect.
2 way fiber orientation. Engineered to make the difficult easy.
Mervin A.5 Sustainable Woodcore
MERVIN A.5 SUSTAINABLE WOODCORE: ASPEN / EISS 5 SIDEWALLS
- Full Aspen with EISS 5 edge pop / strength.
Wood Core Weirdness!
The world’s fastest growing trees in the Gnu Eco Timber farm benefited from a combination of moist evenings, diffused daylight sunshine and being on the north American avian flyway…abundant natural nitrogen from goose and duck droppings resulted in a exceptional harvest of long fibered lightweight poppy woods that we call “nature’s fiberglass”. This very exceptional crop has been carefully seasoned and built into cores and is the light poppy center of our Gnu Snowboards.
- Construction Standards and Oddities.
- Magne-Traction "Turns Ice Into Powder"
- Banana Tech.
- Wood Core
Min-Max / Set Back
10 = Firm
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Name: Pika aka Mrs. Burtner
Age: 11,760 days or 32 years and 8 months
Location: Ballard in Washington near Canada (TM Lib Tech)
Astrological sign: Libra, if I was a super hero I'd be the "seeker of harmony and justice!"
Medium: These days acrylics, cheap, fast, and easy. Just how I like it. Oil paint only when time isn't a luxury or if I feel up to spending a lot of time cleaning out really expensive brushes in stinky "odorless" mineral spirits after painting. Why are they called "mineral spirits" anyways? Are they the ghosts of long lost minerals?
Website? christinaburtner.com and christinaolsenburtner.blogspot.com
Do you like to get weird, if so why and what do you do, if not why not?
You don't want to know. But really, if I had to choose something where there was a normal choice, and a weird choice, I'd probably pick the weird one. Food, socks, art, kites, friends; I'd go for weird and original for sure. I don't get weird with mutual funds and post-apocalyptic survival scenarios and those kinds of things.
Do you work in a studio / office / in the park?
In my home, I have a room that I call a studio, but it's really a mix between where piles of paper and magazines go to get filed and never do, and a place to make art. Right now the piles of paper are winning.
Whats an average day in your life right now?
2AM answering artist bios. Average day though is wake up, get coffee at Equal Exchange, skate at Greenlake with Jesse, try to do a kickflip on cement, and if that doesn't work after 10 or so attempts, try them in the grass where the kids with razor scooters' moms walk the dog. Then it's work time for Think Thank, with freelance sprinkled in and I'm just finishing up school. At night Jesse and I always need to zone out to some bad tv for an hour or so before bed. Mac and Cheese for the brain, nothing too serious. If Jesse's traveling it's all romance novels all the time. The more eyebrow-arching, the better. We also try to make an effort to hang with buddies a few nights a week, as long as it's within walking distance from our house. We don't tend to leave Ballard when we're home.
Optimist / Pessimist? Realist? WEIRDISTS?
Realistically an optimist. It gets me into trouble, then I get pessimistic.
Do make a living off your art? How do you pay all your bar tabs?
I wouldn't call it enough to live on by most people's standards, but it makes me happy and I'm pretty low maintenance. Bar tabs are paid for at least and I spend my time and energy doing what I'm passionate about.
What does Gnu mean to you?
It's a wild cow, it's the first snowboard I ever rode when I was 12 that I rented at the Mt. Baker Ski Area, it's Barrett Christy, it's Danny Kass, it's Forest Bailey; it's weird, fun and pushing limits, it's made in the USA.
Besides artmaking, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy doing my husband. ;)
What gets you out of bed in the morning, what inspires you?
My husband, Jesse Burtner who is my best friend, partner in crime and beau hunk.
Can you tell us a little about the graphic you did for GNU?
The Velvet Guru. Inspired by Barrett's eye for jungle pants. It will take you on a wild ride.
Currently listening to?
Oberhoffer, Learning Team, Arcade Fire, Pixies.
Currently looking at?
My computer screen for the twelfth hour straight. Favorite website or blog? NPR.ORG
My husband, Jesse Burtner, who inspires me every nanosecond of everyday. Lib Tech and Gnu for giving me the opportunities to be apart of something that I believe in and make original art in the process!