A few years back when I met Jeff Lavin, the owner of Wi-Me Snowboards, the first thing that came to my mind was a “mad scientist.” Almost like a Thomas Edison with snowboard technology. If you named a snowboard that was made in the last 15-20 years, he knew EXACTLY what they were doing inside of it, what’s good or bad about it, and even the factory it came from. As he got Jaime and I on his boards, we came to find out that Wi-Me makes not just good snowboards made in the USA but life changing experiences. And to prove that their boards are really that good, they’re selling the 1st 100 boards for 2020 AT COST!
Fear Of Powder
Over a few beers, we talked about the other half of Local Freshies® and her “fear of deep powder.” Like a psychiatrist, he listened deeply and intently. He asked deep-diving questions about gear, stance, and weight. With a sly grin, he nodded and said, “I have the cure for you.” He went to his truck and gave me a board for Jaime to try. It was a Return of the Shredi 152.
June Lake Powder Day
Our next trip was to head down to June Mountain and explore the town of June Lake. With a MASSIVE storm pointed at the Sierra Nevada, it was the perfect time to try out the board. As she stood on top staring down at a massive bowl, she was a bit nervous. The entire bowl was a blank canvas with not a single turn made on it.
Shred-I Is The Best-I!
Dropping into the bowl, she tentatively begins to take turns. Small bounces from side to side become bigger and more pronounced. Out of nowhere, for the first time in her life, she was yodeling. Honest to God yodeling. She was singing at the top of her lungs “Powder is the best… Best-I Best, Best, Best. I love powder. Powder is so much fun!”
Review Of Return Of The Shredi
So, what was it about the Return of the Shredi that made it so good? In Jaime’s words… “the board is absolutely no work in powder.” A rider can focus on just enjoying the snow. While the board is super flexible at slow speeds, as soon as you start picking up speed, it stiffens. Odd to feel in person. The shape and flexibility make you feel like you’re “surfing” the mountain rather than snowboarding it. You don’t want to stop or speed check but rather make smooth curvy turns.
Not Just A Snowboard Company…
As I told Jeff this story, he said these words – “We don’t build snowboards. We build great experiences.” Standing there I thought about it, and it’s so true. Jaime now LOVES powder all because it was a great experience. And that’s why Wi-Me Snowboards’ focus is to not just make the best boards for the buck, but also help the community and bring purpose to everyone’s lives. Don’t believe us? Check out the story of their 2019 Wi-Me Legacy Series.
The Reason For Their High Price
Unfortunately, when you make good snowboards that are environmentally friendly, have the highest quality materials, AND made in the USA, this raises the price. Luckily, they’re offering a one-time special to show you just how good their 2020 boards are.
How Do You Get A Wi-Me Snowboard At Cost
- Click on this link, and be one of the 1st 100 to buy a board.
- Under the Coupon Code: Enter GETAWESOME2020 and you get to pay what they pay to manufacture their 2020 lineup.
Where To Demo
Still on the fence? Well, if you’re riding in South Lake Tahoe this winter, you can demo one of their boards for free. To do so, reach out to [email protected]
If you’re looking for a new board and want to support a brand that makes an AWESOME board AND cares a lot about the world & people, consider checking out a Wi-Me board. As you can see, we’re now lifelong customers.