In the fall of 2012, Drew Tabke arrived at the Praxis factory with hopes of designing a ski that would help in landing him on the top of the podium for the 2013 Freeride World Tour. After his visit to the factory, Tabke went on to win the first and third events of the 2013 FWT. His conquest of the 2013 FWT title had begun, and the GPO was born. Tabke’s design was a culmination of his favorite Praxis Skis, borrowing his chosen aspects from these other designs and blending them into one. As he studied all of the different skis and the molding notes, you could see the gears turning inside his head. And then he would smirk and say “I like the tip rocker on that ski a lot, can we do that?” The final product was 116mm underfoot, with a substantial shovel and long slow tip, cambered mid-zone with a playful radius, and slight tail rocker accenting an easy tail taper. Reviews have included “I had to ride with my boots in walk mode just to give the powder a fighting chance” and “greatest ski ever”. His first day on the GPO, Lars Chickering-Ayers rode it to victory at the fourth stop of the 2013 FWT.
The Standard Edition GPO is offered in a #4 flex.
- Though the GPO has gained a reputation as a hard charging big mountain ski, it has also become a popular backcountry option in an ultra light (UL) core. Keep the mountain dominating DNA of the GPO with less weight for getting to your favorite backcountry stashes.