The History of Burton Custom Snowboards

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The History of Burton Custom Snowboards
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In 1977, Jake Burton of Burton Snowboards began shaping and riding snowboards. Selling snowboards out of the back of his estate car to various snow gear stores in Vermont, Jake Burton began building his snowboard legacy. Burton Custom Snowboards were introduced in the mid-1990s..

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In 1995, Burton Snowboards introduced the Burton Custom Snowboard. This board become the choice board for freestyle and Freeride snowboard enthusiasts, allowing them greater enjoyment in all terrains, including snowboard parks, pipes, rails and downhill riding. The Burton Custom Snowboard offers a solid wood core, lightweight carbon backbone and a durable base. Thinner sections of the core are placed between the bindings for a softer flex and torsion, called the Negative Core Profile.


The Burton Custom Snowboard comes in sizes ranging from 151cm to 169cm based upon the snowboarder’s height and ability. As of September 2010, the Burton Custom Board retails for £344.4 and comes in variety of eye-catching graphics.


Burton has trademarked much of the technology used for the Burton Custom Snowboard. Frostbite Edges allow for better grip in icy conditions, when deeper carving is necessary. Lightening Bolts give the Burton Custom Snowboard advanced edge control, and camber is a suspension system used to distribute the snowboarder’s weight evenly on the board. Camber also helps with edge control.

The Super Fly II Core lets snowboarders float through their free rides and build strength in the snowboard park by incorporating lighter and heavier woods in the construction phase. The Pro Tip of the Burton Custom Snowboard is tapered, and the tail of the board is thick to create optimum mobility when riding.

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