Camber is a trait found in ski and snowboard design that in combination with
sidecut, allows a ski or snowboard to turn. The science behind camber appears to be
about weighting and unweighting during different stages of the turn. As the rider
puts pressure on the board, the camber is pressed downward and the sidecut takes its
turn in directing the board. The combination of camber and sidecut has been used,
refined and proven in the world of ski and snowboard racing, as well as all around
high performance riding. Snowboarding refined the camber/sidecut combination. Deeper
sidecuts were introduced to snowboards, allowing for a much tighter turning radius.
Different stiffness in boards created different turning abilities, yet most
engineers have agreed that the most control can be achieved through a camber/sidecut
combination. Reverse camber has threatened to turn these theories upside down. From
a technical aspect, the jury is still out. From a rider's perspective, it's all
about what works for the individual.