In the process of brainstorming the Terry Kidwell Re-Issue, Nightmare has
decided that the only way to accomplish this project the correct way
would be with the guidance of those who built before us and have the knowledge that comes with decades of experience in every area of snowboard construction. Board
building is rich with history, especially in Colorado, and there are men
who have passed their knowledge on and made their mark on snowboard construction forever. Terry Kidwell and Nightmare have invited Steve Link, Mike Troppman, and Jason O'Brien along for the ride. If there is anyone in the world qualified to help see this project through, it is these men, and it is an honor to be working together.
Terry's original roundtail model (1985) blew the doors off the concept
of freestyle snowboarding. Together with Terry's riding style and his
85' pro model, the direct relationship between snowboarding and
skateboarding was finally found.
Jason O'Brien, the man in charge of the entire SIMS Archives, brought in one of a kind boards that came directly from Tom Sims for everyone to look over the construction and the details that Nightmare "cannot overlook". Terry puts a piece of history right where it belongs. Underneath his feet.
Jason O'Brien brings a relic to the table as Steve
Link explains the horizontal lamination process. Steve Link owned/operated Summit Snowboards, was an original Sims team rider, doubled in
007 movie with Tom Sims, and to say the least, all of his board building knowledge has been "BORROWED" from the snowboard industry. Steves true involvement in the snowboard world directly stemmed from Tom Sims being his childhood babysitter in New Jersey. Steve Links work immediately helped push the progression
of board construction directly into today's modern building techniques and
Steve and Terry. Trent and The 1982 Hiper.
Mike Troppman helps us dig deeper into the process. Troppman started UCB snowboards in 1982 and has experimented with every possible shape, camber, material, and form a snowboard can be made. His hands and head have been involved in all things snowboarding, from riding to laying boards for 3 decades. To put things into perspective, Troppman, and his buddies Roscoe and Link are responsible for the early days of snowboard exploration throughout Colorado's back country. These were the dudes that did it first. This man has has kept a diary and cataloged his entire snowboarding career to date. Mike Troppmann has ridden his snowboard 5,723 days.