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Lib-Tech Snowboards Embraces Waterboarding

By: Gear Institute Staff - February 14, 2012

Credit the screwball genius of Mervin Manufacturing co-founders Mike Olson and Pete Saari for deciding their new surfboard line would be launched under the Lib-Tech “Waterboarding” brand. The two, who met as teenagers while surfing in the Pacific Northwest, are legends in the snowboard industry for their Lib-Tech and Gnu snowboards and Bent Metal bindings lines, as well as innovations such as “Banana Rocker” and serrated edge “Magne-Traction.”

Now, in the small to big wave Ramp, Bowl and Vert series, Mervin is moving back to liquid water, touting boards handmade in the U.S. with recycled cores, closed cell foam that won’t absorb water, and a clean resin system. According to Mervin, compared to other surfboards, “only the stainless steel fin screws remain the same.” Which in true Mervin fashion resulted in the early claim that while the new line will “change everything you know about surfboards. Your screwing habits will stay about the same.”

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