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Capita DOA (Defenders of Awesome) Review 2023 – 2024: The Best Freestyle All Mountain Snowboard

The 2024 Capita DOA, also known as the Defenders of Awesome, Snowboard is a twin-tail snowboard perfect for anyone looking for all-mountain board that can also perform exceptionally well in the park. The DOA is a seven time award winner of the Transworld Good Wood awards. This board has a 6/10 flex rating and is designed to be stable while carving, lightweight, durable, and have an explosive level of pop off of jumps.

The Capita DOA is at the top of our Best All Mountain Snowboards list for good reason.

It rips!

I’ve been riding this board for the past three seasons and have a lot of notes to share about how it rides.

Here is my full review of the Capita Defenders of Awesome.

Capita Defenders Of Awesome (the Doa) 2024


  • Pop – The carbon running through this board will launch you.
  • Light – The 2024 version has been upgraded to include the P2 super light core.
  • “The go anywhere, do anything freestyle deck.”


  • Flex – to keep this spring loaded for jumps, the center of the board is on the stiffer side. The nose and tail do flex.
  • Popular / often sold out and likely to see other riders on the mountain with it.

Sizes Available: 148, 150, 151 Wide, 152, 153 Wide, 154, 155Wide, 156, 158, 159Wide, 160, 161 Wide, 162, 163 Wide, 164

Flex: Medium 6/10

Here is a video overview of all of the new features in the Capita DOA for 2024.

First Impression of the Capita DOA Snowboard?

I got my first Capita Defenders of Awesome (DOA) in 2019, fairly late in the season. The first thing I noticed was how aggressive the board is. Its shape makes for some contact points that take some getting used to for connecting your turns.

The deck felt stiffer than I thought it would. Reading reviews, it sounds like the board is perfect for the park. I didn’t realize that there are two types of freestyle snowboards to use in the park.

  1. Softer flexing boards that are perfect for jibs and small jumps.
  2. Stiffer boards that blast off jumps and carve the entire mountain exceptionally well.

The DOA is in that second category. It has a level of pop that I’ve never experienced before and grew to love.

So if you are reading about the Capita Defenders of Awesome deck because you want to improve your butters or presses, you should probably check out a softer deck like the Capita Ultrafear. The Capita DOA is not the best board for nose or tailpresses. However, if you want to blast off jumps, have a responsive camber deck that can carve beautifully and still hit rails well, then get the DOA immediately.

Why Did I Buy the Capita DOA?

I chose the Capita Defenders of Awesome snowboard because it won seven Transworld Good Wood awards. It is a beloved freestyle deck, and I figured if it was good enough for the pros, it was more than good enough for me.

I didn’t realize how stiff it would be or that it would take some getting used to. However, once you do get used to this deck, it is sheer perfection.

What do I like/dislike about the Defenders of Awesome?


I love the pop this board gets. There are carbon stringers strategically placed in this deck. They give this board a springboard-like pop that will throw you into the air when you learn how to use it. One of my favorite things to do on this deck is jump. I launch off headwalls, side hits, and kickers with ease on the DOA.

I love the graphics. Capita always knocks it out of the park with the DOA. Check out the 2024 DOA line ups graphics.

I love how well the DOA can carve. This deck has a nice edge hold and the perfect level of response that you can expect from a camber deck with carbon fiber built into it.

I like how lightweight this deck is. I have the 150cm version, and on day one, I was doing 540s again. Up to that point, I haven’t spun one of those for five years. (It is worth noting that I am 38 and only just getting back into park riding.)

I like that you can size down a few centimeters on this deck. I was used to riding 154 size decks even though I am probably closer in weight to ride a 148-151cm deck. The DOA has blunted tips so you can size down on this without any problems. I wound up getting the 150cm version, and I felt right at home.

I love the sintered base. It is fast when you wax it up. It is durable enough to withstand jibs and whatever rough terrain you ride on. I am here on the east coast, and the DOA is my go-to All-Mountain/Park ice riding board.

I love that there are two versions of this board depending on your budget. There is the traditional version that I reviewed here. There is also the 2024 Capita Super DOA too. You can read more about that version here.

I love the confidence this board gives you. There is something about riding the chair, and seeing this when you look down.


At first, I was disappointed with how stiff the DOA is. I thought I was getting a freestyle deck that could truly do it all. Which it is. The DOA really can do it all. However, you will need to put some muscle and practice time into learning how to nose press on this deck. The nose has a sweet spot that will flex. It just takes some getting used to. I grew to love the stiffness of this deck for all of the other areas where it helps you.

The shape of the DOA also takes some getting used to. The contact points stick out slightly. When you first learn to ride the DOA, it can feel like you are riding a rectangle-shaped snowboard. Your goal is to keep the rectangle’s corners from digging into the snow, and that is the part that takes some practice. If you’re an intermediate to advanced level rider, it won’t take you long to get used to it, though. The shape combined with the camber profile is where this board gets its responsiveness from.

Who Is the DOA a Good Fit For?

The Capita Defenders of Awesome is perfect for intermediate to advanced level riders who want to carve and hit jumps at the resort.

If you prefer to jump over flexing your board on boxes, you will have a blast on this deck and how fast it can charge down the hill.

How Beginner Friendly is the Capita DOA?

The Capita DOA is not the most beginner-friendly snowboard. That is not to say that a beginner will not get used to riding the board. They absolutely will. However, the Capita Defenders of Awesome is better suited for an intermediate to advanced-level rider. This board will be perfect if you already know how to carve, stop, and hit jumps comfortably. However, if this is your first time riding a snowboard, I recommend checking out an easier board to learn on.

The Capita DOA is not the best option for beginners because its contact points stick out wider intentionally to bite into the snow. This feature is exceptional when you spin off jumps because as you land, you can dig your edge into the ground to lock yourself back into place.

However, if you are still learning to snowboard, that feature can interfere with your progression more than it can help. The contact points are easy to catch in the snow accidentally, which can send you flying into the ground.

If you are brand new to snowboarding and interested in the Capita DOA, consider the Bataleon Evil Twin Plus. It is a very similar board spec and shape-wise with one key variation. Its contact points are intentionally lifted off the snow, making it easier to ride.

What Sets the Capita DOA Apart From Other Snowboards?

This snowboard has an unmatchable level of pop that will help you launch off jumps higher than most other snowboards. The added pop comes from the combination of the carbon fiber boosters, the camber dominant board profile, and an extremely lightweight core.

The Capita DOA excels at both riding park and carving everywhere at your local resort. It is rare to find a versatile park board that is also a fantastic all-mountain snowboard, and the DOA is precisely that. It can jib and jump. It also has the proper sidecut and edge hold to carve beautifully outside the park.

What’s New For the 2024 Version of the Capita DOA?

Besides new graphics and a new 151cm wide size, there are no new feature upgrades in the 2024 Capita DOA from last year’s 2023 version.

Last season, the Capita DOA became lighter than ever before because Capita upgraded the board to include the P2 Superlight core in the 2023 version of the DOA. The new core is a blend of Poplar and Paulownia wood assembled in a way that makes the board retain its pop and durability while being incredibly lightweight. Here is an image overview of the core and its features.

With the addition of the new size, the DOA now comes in 16 sizes, so there is bound to be one that fits you.

Capita DOA 2024 Specs

Size (cm)148150151W152153W154155W156157W158159W160161W162163W164
Effective Edge (mm)1176119111701207118512221205123312391256125912701280128712941301
Tip Width (mm)287290297292299295302298305300307304309306311309
Waist Width (mm)244246255248256250258252260254261257262259263261
Tail Width (mm)287290297292299295302298305300307304309306311309
Sidecut Radius (m)
Stance Range (inches)21212222222222222323232323232323
Stance Range (mm)533533559559559559559559584584584584584584584584
Rider Weight (lbs)90-150100-150110-150110-150120-180120-180130-190130-190140-200140-200150-210160-220160-220180-240170-230+190-245+

What Other Benefits to the Defenders of Awesome are There?

This deck is durable. There are reinforced sidewalls, and the edge runs 360 degrees around the entire board. So if you accidentally run into a park feature or hit a rock, you will be fine.

The board is created in an environmentally friendly factory. The Capita Mothership factory in Austria makes everything with clean energy.

Overall Rating for the Capita DOA

ConsiderationsRating Out 5
Resort Riding5
Carving / Turns4.3
Ice / Poor Conditions4.4
Durability / Quality4.6

Editor’s Review Rating of the Capita DOA: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

So Do I Recommend the Capita Defenders of Awesome?

Absolutely, this is hands down the best all-mountain freestyle deck you can buy for the 2022 – 2023 season.

I am even considering buying the supercharged version the 2023 Capita Super Doa.

Which bindings go well with the Capita DOA?

I’ve ridden this with both the Union Force and the Union Stratas. I prefer my Union Stratas for this board. However, the truth is both are phenomenal to pair with the Capita DOA. I would make your decision based on these two points.

  • If you will be carving and taking runs more than going through the park, go with the Union Force bindings.
  • If you will be carving and still taking a ton of park laps, go with the Union Strata bindings. They are flexible and still responsive enough to carve with.

Is the Capita DOA Good for Riding Switch?

The Capita DOA’s true twin shape makes it a fun board for riding switch. The DOA has a symmetrical nose and tail, so regardless of the direction you are riding it, it will feel the same.

2024 Capita Doa With Union Strata Bindings Bundle

2024 Capita Doa With Union Strata Bundle

When is the Capita DOA 2024 Release Date?

The 2023 DOA is currently still available. The new graphic for the 2024 Capita DOA is expected to be released and ship on September 19th, 2023. Here is a preview of the new Capita DOA graphic.

This snowboard tends to sell out, so get your size now while it is still available.

Where Can You Buy a Capita DOA?

Here is a chart showing the sizes each retailer still has available for the Capita DOA.

RetailerSizes AvailableBoard Link
Gravity Coalition148, 152, 154, 157 Wide, 159 Wide, 161 Wide, 162, 163 Wide, 164 *On Sale* See Price
EVO153W, 158, 162, 164See Price
Sun and Ski148, 154, 156, 158, 160, 162See Price
REI156, 158, 161 WideSee Price
Backcountry160See Price
Dreamruns148See Price
Peter Glenn150, 152, 154See Price
Buckman’s Ski Shop152, 153 Wide, 154, 156, 158, 162, 164See Price

The Capita DOA sells out fast. You can order the 2024 DOA here.

Capita Defenders Of Awesome (the Doa) 2024

You can order the Capita Defenders of Awesome DOA snowboard online here.

What Does the Capita DOA Snowboard Acronym Stand for?

Capita’s acronym D.O.A. stands for “Defenders of Awesome,” not “dead on arrival.” The DOA is a popular series of snowboards that features a graphic by artist Corey Smith of a woman known as the “Acid Mother Guru.” The woman in the graphic’s goal is to unite all people beyond religion, culture, and ethnicity. The DOA is Capita’s best-selling all-mountain freestyle snowboard, known for its spring-board like pop, responsiveness, and versatility to ride all over the resort.

It is worth noting that the woman in Capita’s DOA graphic has had a few other names over the year. In addition to the Acid Mother Guru, she has also been referred to as the Queen of Eternity, the Goddess of Eternal Sleep, the Witch of the Woods, and the Lady Death, depending on the model year the snowboard was released.

Other Comparable Snowboards to the Capita DOA to Consider

Here are four other boards that are similar to the Capita DOA.

About the reviewer

Rider Name: Steve Weber

Home Mountains: Big Boulder, Jack Frost, Montage – North Eastern Pennsylvania (Lots of east coast ice.)

Size / Model: The board I reviewed was a 2019 Capita DOA size 150cm.

Rider Weight: 138lbs

Days Rode this Deck: 100+ I wrote this review after riding this deck for a season and a half.

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Steve Weber is an avid snowboarder and skateboarder. He has been snowboarding for 26 years, skateboarding for 20, and is always looking for a new board sport to try out. When he is not riding or skating, he runs a marketing agency. Board of the World is Steve’s blog for skateboard and snowboard gear reviews. The blog’s goal is to help people find the right board for them and encourage people to have fun outside.