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Line – Tom Wallisch Pro
Line’s Master of Style and inventor of the ‘afterbang’ (Google it, gramps!) Tom Wallisch has finally come up with his very own pro model ski. Equipped with a versatile 90mm waist and super-subtle tip rocker it’s designed to get steezy and throw down wherever Tom feels like, but unsurprisingly this twin-tip is most at home spinning to win in the park. The wood core is made from aspen with two maple stringers for a mid-stiff flex to power through the sloppiest of backseat landings, with a symmetrical pattern that rides just as well backwards as forwards. Further enhancing the TW Pro’s superior acrobatic ability is the five-point sidecut, tapered shape, and ‘thin tip’ tip and tail; swing weight is reduced, and there’s almost no chance of hooking up and catching an edge no matter how radical a rotation you butter into. Perhaps the most interesting feature is the carbon ‘ollieband,’ a series of carbon stringers designed to boost pop when loaded and release. Given the abuse Tom subjects his skis to it’s also nice to see how much effort Line have put into improving durability: the bases are 30% thicker than normal, and the edges have been bumped up to resist rail beatings.