Photo courtesy of Line Skis
Photo courtesy of Line Skis

Eric Pollard’s Swallowtail Ski in a 105 Millimeter Waist

Following up to last year's Pescado, Line introduces the new Sakana

We're at the 2018 Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show, the largest outdoor sports expo and conference in North America. These are some of the gear highlights from the show.

Last year at the tradeshows, Line Skis tripped everyone out with their new Pescado. Designed by visionary, artist, and exceptional skier Eric Pollard, the Pescado was a powder ski with a swallow tail that sold everyone on the tagline: "Powder-driven experimental shaping."

Swallowtails are a shape that's been introduced to surf boards and snowboards, and it’s found occasionally in skis (remember the Salomon AK Rocket, circa 2003, and the Volkl Sanouk, in 2007?). But anyone who has ever watched a ski film by Nimbus can appreciate Pollard's unique vision, design, and artistry. We all got behind it.

This year, at Outdoor Retailer in Denver, Colorado, Line followed up to the Pescado with its sister, the Sakana. Where the Pescado is 125 millimeters underfoot and built for surfing pow under Japanese birch trees, the Sakana is Pollard's everyday swivel stick for the entire mountain. Featuring the same profile and swallowtail design, the Sakana is also built with a Carbon Flax Weave, and Line pushed the mounting point back a bit so skiers could size down without losing any edge-grip or power.

So how, exactly, does a swallowtail apply to hardpack snow and all-mountain terrain?

Good question. Will Eginton, Line Skis global marketing specialist, admitted that a big part of the purpose behind the swallowtail is visual effect. But it's also function, he said. It extends the effective edge of the ski all the way to the tip of the tail, so you can load it up and crank airplane turns, or ski nimbly, spraying butters all the way down the mountain. You know, ski like Pollard would.

The MSRP on the Line Skis Sakana is $900.

Eric Pollard designed the Line Pescado and Sakana with a swallow tail. PHOTO: Courtesy of Line Skis

The Sakana. PHOTO: Courtesy of Line Skis