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 Mount 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|
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!
The Masterblaster™ Awards
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..." Read more >
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..." Read more >
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