The Friend


Erik Abel x J Collab

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J Says Best For: Crud / Bottomless powder / Glades / Steep & deep / Freeride

Waist Width: 117mm

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Total Made: 350 Pair

Public Release: August 01, 2022

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Erik Abel

The Artwork

Erik Abel x J Collab

Party Wave! This collab with Erik Abel brings mega surf and sea vibes to the surfiest ski in our line up. Erik spent years bouncing around the world in search of the best waves, having life changing experiences along the way that inspired dozens of full sketchbooks along the way. 

We stacked Erik’s artwork along the length of the top of the ski to keep you feeling warm vibez on even the coldest, deepest winter days. Then placed his hand painted zig-zag pattern on the base, guaranteed to mesmerize other skiers watching as you wheelie past them on your next pow day.

With these skis on my feet I just can’t help but feel like I’m on the beach with my toes in the sand, a** in the sand, drinking rum out of a coconut! I’m building only 200 pairs of these Limited edition skis and hand signing and numbering each, get ‘em before they’re gone…

Find out more about Erik’s world travels Here and send his Instagram & Facebook some love!

The Friend™

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The widest ski in our Explore Collection for effortlessly floating and surfing the deepest days.

“The Friend” ski was designed in collaboration with athlete Giray Dadali to surf pow, stomp landings and charge harder with less effort than ever before…. so you don’t have to be a pro to ski like one! Its long, gentle rocker and 117mm waist keep you effortlessly floating, slashing and popping even on the deepest days. When the pow’s gone you’ll be able to count on its solid maple wood core and high energy carbon fiber to help you blast through chunder with an unprecedented smooth and reliable feel. The real surprise comes from its tight sidecut, enabling you to have fun gripping and ripping firm snow for versatility like none other. The Friend is a rare breed of powder ski earning it more awards than any other in its class. Float, surf, slash and butter in the deep pow until it gets tracked out, then have equal fun charging endless top to bottom chunder and groomer laps. This is a powder skier’s dream one-ski quiver!


The Friend In The Wild

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This Ski is Kind of a Big Deal

"An excellent pow ski for a wide range of skiers; capable as a directional or freestyle option."

- Blister Gear Review

For powder-hunters, The Friend should be considered essential when traveling out of bounds.

- Freeskier Magazine

"The Friend was designed with more than just overhead pow in mind: A sturdy maple core and surprisingly tight sidecut are intended to enable playfulness when the powder’s gone.

- Backcountry Magazine

The Friend is the kind of ski I'd take on the trip of a lifetime without considering bringing a backup. It's PB&J exactly when you need it, and Dad made it.

- Powder Magazine (Ski of the Year)

"This is the ski you want if you need your legs to last all day, especially when it won’t stop puking snow. After all, no one should call it quits when the refills are free."

- SKI Magazine

the finest materials

By selling these skis factory direct to you, we're able to invest more money into using the highest quality materials possible for a game-changing level of premium performance & durability.


Compare Models

Length 177cm 183cm 189cm
Dimensions 143-117-133mm 143-117-133mm 143-117-133mm
Sidecut Radius 17.2m 18.5m 20.2m
Weight Per Ski 2230g 2310g 2480g
Effective Edge 1440mm 1500mm 1560mm
Camber 3.5mm 3.5mm 3.5mm
Rocker Height Tip / Tail 8 / 3mm 9 / 3mm 10 / 3mm
Tip / Tail Length 270 / 120mm 325 / 140mm 445 / 195mm
Tip / Tail Height 75 / 37.5mm 75 / 37.5mm 75 / 37.5mm
Boot from Center N/A N/A N/A
Boot from Tail 805mm 835mm 865mm

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Erik Abel x J Collab