THIS IS A TRUE STORY... Back in the 60’s when dare devil Evil Knievel was every man, women and child’s American hero jumping 50 cars at a time on prime time TV, one inspired kid set his mind on becoming the real thing. His name was Normman Epperson.
As a teenager Norm and his friends were unknowingly part of a revolution using traditional banana seat street bikes to emulate motocross racers. Their crew would build dirt jumps in vacant lots and eventually with the help of parents, created full size BMX dirt tracks leading to the birth of the BMX racing scene in Southern California.
The photo I used on the base of this ski was taken by Mel Stoutsenberg, that one kid in every crew with the camera. One day a friend mentioned to Mel there’s a kid named Norm who wants someone to shoot him jumping cars so he could get discovered by Hollywood. Mel rolled up with his camera and snapped Norm’s first jump ever over the cars that you see here on this ski’s base. He landed first try!
Norm sent the photo to Hollywood and within the year was getting paid to do real stunts. Fast forward to today, Norm orchestrates some of the most epic car chase scenes you see in Hollywood's biggest movies!
I’m honored to have had a chance to talk with and work these pioneers of BMX’s earliest roots. In their honor, I’m building only 250 pair of this new Limited Edition graphic and hand signing and numbering each ski.
Also available is 35 of the original photograph hand signed and numbered by photographer Mel Stoutsenberger, as well as a collection of tee shirts, jacket, glassware, a patch, sticker and more all inspired by their story.
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|Lengths Available (cm):||168cm, 175cm, 181cm, 187cm|
|Ski Length (cm):||181cm|
|5 Sidecut Avg. (m):||17m|
|Tip / Waist / Tail (mm):||125 / 96 / 114mm|
|Boot From Center (cm):||-6cm|
|Tip / Tail Height (mm):||65 / 35mm|
|Rocker Height Tip / Tail (mm):||6 / 3mm|
|Rocker Length Tip / Tail (mm):||38 / 28mm|
|Weight per ski (g):||2,100g|
Rocker Matching Sidecut™
Unlike other rockered skis, we carefully match our rocker geometry with our sidecut geometry. To accomplish this perfect match, we blend multiple size radii into one smooth parabolic curve from the end of the camber to the very tip, like a surfboard.
This creates a much smoother tip shape that has no abrupt kinks, flat spots or awkward changes for the best of both worlds! The rockered tips effortlessly surf and float in powder, while the edge length in contact with snow is dramatically increased to improve grip and reduce tip chatter and bounce. You won’t believe how precise and effortless your skis feel from the hard pack to the pow!
I’ve spent over two decades designing, developing, and continually refining the industries most innovative and award winning skis ever created. Now that I’m selling skis directly to you, I’m able to invest more money into using the most expensive, highest quality materials possible, sparing no expense like never before in the name of premium ski performance & durability. You’ll literally feel the difference the moment you make your first turn and still be stoked, years later like it was still your first day on them! This is why I confidently back all my skis with a money back 100% satisfaction guarantee. Learn more about this ski’s construction below…
Titanal Metal Laminate
More power & stability where you need it!
Unique to this model ski, I'm using a titanal metal laminate on the top and bottom of the core. Instead of running it edge to edge, tip to tail, I've optimized the metal laminate’s geometry & location running only narrow strips down the center and ending it before the tips. This way there's enough metal to dramatically increase power, stability & dampening over the length of the ski in contact with the snow, however the tips are lighter for dramatically reduced swing weight to maintain a nimble, lively & fun feel. You'll notice the tail of the ski metal geometry has slightly less metal to allow for a more playful and forgiving exit out of your turns while the tip has more for powerful initiation and reduced chatter in the tips. You'll feel like you're on a GS race ski when you're carving it up, yet be shocked how fun & nimble it feels in tight trees, chutes and even the bumps. Enjoy!
Maple Wood Core
Highest quality wood for a lively energetic feel & long life
The factory is located in Quebec Canada, so we got Maple, eh! Maple is a very expensive high quality hard wood, thus the reason it’s used to build floors and furniture in your house that lasts a lifetime. Maple absorbs impact, and has a ton of energy for a very ski feel and long life. We run 4 – 20mm wide Maple laminates the entire length of the core, plus 100% under your foot for unprecedented energy, durability & binding screw retention. At the tips of my skis you’ll see more of the light colored Aspen witch is incredibly lightweight with plenty strong when laminated alongside Maple for reduced swing weight at the tips.
Full Height Sidewalls
Maximum impact resistant & vibration dampening
We’re using super durable, high impact absorbing Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) polyethylene for our sidewalls. This is the same material we use on our ski's bases. It’s very impact resistant and since it’s full height, it also absorbs more vibration like using a longer spring in your car’s suspension. Take a metal pipe and hit it against a rock, then do the same with a piece of plastic. The metal vibrates through to your bones & the plastic absorbs the vibration for you. That’s the difference of having full height plastic shock absorbing sidewalls over your edges or not. We’re cutting the isdes of the sidewalls to a 10* angle, with a nice step at the bottom for easy tuning like race skis.
The thickest, most durable edge in the industry
We use the thickest hardened steel edges in the industry 2.2mm x 2.5mm. More metal = more durable. Whether you’re accidentally hitting a rock or purposely sliding a rail, you’re edges will live a much longer life. You’ll also be able to re-tune many more times or file them round to slide rails longer.
The fastest, thickest, most durable base material
I don’t match my clothes, but I always match my base & edge. We use the thickest edge so I also use the thickest base in the industry 1.8mm. I use sintered Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Polyethylene, the highest quality base material available. It absorbs wax better, slides faster, and is more durable than any other base material. Basically it’s super hard & fast, like your _______ likes it.
Absorbs vibration and dramatically reduces risk of delam
Think of a ski’s construction like a magazine, each page = layers of material in the ski. Then bend your magazine you’ll see every page slide against each other, this is “shear”. This shear force trys to separate, thus delaminate all the layers in your ski every time it’s flexed or the tips are slapped down on a jump landing. This is why I run a layer of thin rubber around the full perimeter of the ski over the entire edge, plus the full width of across the tip and tail. The rubber acts as an insulator so that the edge and other materials can slide against each other when flexing without delaminating. This dramatically improves durability & reduces vibration.
Fibers run in 4 directions to maximize energy & strength
Fiberglass works like a guitar string, when it is flexed it wants to spring back, that’s the energy or pop you feel in a ski. However this energy can only be applied in the direction the actual fiberglass is run. This means the more directions of fiberglass, the more energy, pop & responsiveness. Industry standard “Triaxial” fiberglass runs in only three directions, we use a Quasi Isotropic fiberglass configuration, same as the aerospace industry to maximize energy & strength in as many directions as possible, 4 different axis 0, 90, +45, -45. It costs more, but it’s worth the performance.
High Definition Digital Printing
You already know I put a lot of value in graphics! So instead of traditional silk screening with low resolution image quality, you’ve seen the dots! I’m using a state of the art, Fuji UV Flat bed printer, a $170,000 machine that enables me to print high resolution from my computer directly to the plastic top & base. The resolution is unbelievable photo-real so you’ll be one of few skiers in the world with skis looking this good on your feet.
The Masterblaster™ Awards
Blister Best Of 18/19 - Masterblaster"It is an excellent ski that has become a favorite of ours since it provides good stability in variable conditions, while also being more playful than the skis in this section that offer a similar level of stability and suspension. Furthermore, The Masterblaster also has enough tip and tail rocker to work quite well in deeper snow."
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2019 - Masterblaster"It loves to be up on edge laying trenches, but the rocker profile helps it's surfiness. An absolute blaster of a ski, The Masterblaster skis like a racecar when you need it to, but leads the charge in the playfulness category."
SKI Mag Official Selection 2019 - Masterblaster"If 'fun' was a test category, The Masterblaster would top the chart. The dual metal laminate and maple wood core construction acted like a trampoline, and testers were popping all over the mountain with smiles on their faces."
Blister Best Of 17/18 - MasterblasterIt provides good stability in variable conditions, and has enough tip and tail rocker to work well in deeper snow. The Masterblaster is stable, quick, and could serve very well as a one-ski quiver for intermediate to expert skiers.
Ski Mag Best in Test 2018 - Masterblaster"Skied hard and provided plenty of snap, turn to turn." Scores were high on hardpack and in all turn shapes. Testers loved the "huge sweet spot," and agreed they'd be "a superb everyday ski for the East or firm snow."
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2018 - Masterblaster"Wants to go so fast and is crazy stable... holds up like a boss on edge." Thanks to rockered tips and a multi-dimensional radii, the ski also provides playful performance when called upon. "Super fun and 'shredable', it launched some fun-sized cliffs into sludge and it mashed through crud like a snow plow."
Powder Magazine Skier's Choice 2018 - MasterblasterWith a maple core - the same shock-resistant wood found in bowling alleys - two sheets of Titanal, a long effective edge, and durability in the form of full sidewalls and an extra thick base, the Masterblaster is the definition of an all-mountain ski that dominates firm snow.
Freeskier Mag Editors' Pick 2017 - Masterblaster"Much like the dual-bodied character from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome that shares its name, the Masterblaster has what J calls a “split personality.” It burns down groomers like a Formula One racecar but is maneuverable and playful when called upon. A rigid maple wood core with a strip of Titanal..."
Powder Magazine Skiers Choice 2017 - Masterblaster"New from J skis, the Masterblaster is fast, maneuverable, and simply, really fun. Made with maple wood core, the strip of titanal in this nimble ski is only six centimeters wide and tapers out before the tip-rise, making it easy to initiate edge-to-edge turns and..."
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