Inspired by 3 beautiful mountains in the backcountry of Davos, TRIAAA stands for the magic number of 3 choices.
3 choices each for the most important snowboard shape features.
Born out of love and passion for the quest for the perfect snowboard shape.
Andi Abel, born in Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland. Raised in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
Lives in Davos, Grisons, Switzerland.
Snowboarder since 1990. Loves powder turns, pillows and cutbacks on cornices.
Surfer since 1996, loves roundhouse cutbacks and pointbreaks.
Studied yacht design in Italy and England.
Yacht design being a mix of architecture, engineering and aesthetic design. Physics, composite materials, fluid dynamics, ergonomics, CAD drawing and hand drawing of hopefully beautiful boats.
Snowboard shaping is quite similar to boat building. You have an idea, calculate and design using excel and CAD software on the computer, choose the right composite fibres and then build your design to your specifications.
Our workshop is located in the heart of the european alps, in Davos, Switzerland. Being a ski and snowboard resort town, we can dream about a new shape at night. Then go to the workshop the next day to design the shape on the computer, start building the board and test it within only a few days.
Our workshop is equipped with all the necessary tools to build snowboards of the highest standards. The most important machines being a computer with 2D/3D design software (CAD) for designing the board shapes, a computer controlled (CNC) router to precisely route the wood cores into desired shape and an adaptable heated press for pressing and glueing all different parts into the camber/rocker profile.
Several other stationary and hand tools help cutting, grinding, sawing, drilling and branding all different parts to finally create a snowboard.
The whole process takes about 2 days per board, with a lot of hands on work involved:
- Cutting base and sidewall material
- Sanding cores
- Gluing sidewalls to core
- Bending and cutting steel edges
- Cutting glass and carbon cloths into correct lengths
- Pressing inserts into holes drilled into core
- Layup/ lamination/ wetting all layers with epoxy resin
- Loading the press
- Cutting/sawing flash (residue laminate after pressing)
- Sanding residue sidewalls to an angle
- Location and drilling out of inserts
- Sanding, branding and oiling bamboo top sheets
- Sanding/ grinding steel edges and base
- Waxing the base