An Interview with Tommy Delago from Nitro Snowboards!

Posted on Tuesday 27th March, 2012 Times Viewed: 5891
We had a chance to see the new tech that was being used in some of the new Nitro Snowboard range for 2012/13 at ISPO and wow light weight they are! Here is the interview we did with The Board Syndicate and Tommy for Nitro!
GB: Hi Tommy, could you please start by giving us a little introduction of yourself and the position you hold within nitro?

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TD: My name is Tommy Delago, I have co-founded Nitro with my partner Sepp Ardelt and my main focus within Nitro is hardgoods development. I have been a pro rider in the 80's doing the world Cup as well as other national and regional events. I also started and ran a quite successful snowboard school in the late 80's and have worked for numerous snowboard publications during that time, focussing on board tests and technology as well as riding technique.

GB: How long have you been snowboarding for?
TD: I started riding in the Winter of 1978/79, so it's my 33rd year of snowboarding now.

GB: You have been involved with nitro from the beginning can you tell us how the company started?
TD: In 1989, I was contacted by Sepp who at that time was involved with a U.S. sales organisation holding the worldwide license for another snowboard brand. I came on board to help with board development and sourcing. After several months, we decided we'd be more successful starting our own brand rather than developing one under an license agreement. So in January of 1990, we founded Nitro and showed our first product line as ISPO that same year.

GB: We have been hearing lots of rumours of new core technology coming from nitro for next season. Are the rumours true?
TD: We have developed the construction for an extremely lightweight snowboard that - different from other weight reduced products - performs and rides like a 'normal' board. without the typical chatter and overall loss of comfort and stability. To achieve this, we are utilizing some different construction methods as well as a new core material called KOROYD.

GB: What is exactly is koroyd?
TD: Koroyd is a material consisting of co-extruded miniature tubes, vertically aligned and welded, with unique energy absorption properties. KOROYDTM is approximately 70% lighter than standard wood, with no loss in strength or flex. This completely engineered core solution offers an exceptionally light construction, a smooth ride and improved dampening.

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GB: How many boards will this new core technology feature on in the 2013 line?
TD: We are offering two board Series with 7 shapes / sizes in two different KOROYD core configurations.

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GB: Are there any other standout pieces or new models from the 2013 line up or personal favourites?
TD: With a line our size, it's always hard to pick highlights favourites. It's easy to talk about some new tech or shape as above, but at the heart of it all is the ongoing challenge to design well-functioning and well-rounded products. It's the "non-standout" boards like the Team, Magnum, T1 and Fate that build the foundation of our line and continue to stoke out thousands of riders worldwide. Fine-tuning and re-inventing the concept of a versatile snowboard many types or riders can enjoy in varying conditions is still our highest - if unspectacular - goal.

GB: With the change of factory has there been any changes to the classic Nitro shapes and cambers?
TD: We have taken the opportunity to redesign some of our classic shapes such as the Pantera, Sub Zero and Slash. Our Gullwing Cambers are more pronounced, taking advantage of a different manufacturing process.

Nitro Slash
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GB: What board and bindings do you currently ride and why?
TD: My personal favourites are the Blacklight (STD Camber), the Ultimate and the Slash. I prefer two bindings: The Phantom for its versatility and adjustability and the STAXX simply because it's so light weight.

Nitro Ultimate
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The Phantom Binding
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Staxx Binding
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GB: And finally is there anything major or exciting in the pipeline for nitro in the years to come?
TD: Just wait and see... No, seriously, we try to see where the sport goes and cater to its needs by coming up with no-nonsense product. It's what we've always done and we'll stay on course.

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GB: For everyone at GB thanks for the interview Tommy!
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