Leading snowboarding companies remain on the cutting edge of design and technology with innovative approaches to manufacturing. The oldest snowboarding companies began when athletes were not happy with their boards and decided to create their own products. These pioneers now lead companies that sell the world’s most famous snowboarding brands.
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K2 Snowboarding is a pioneer in the industry. The company has branches in United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. It is known for a series of firsts including making the first wide snowboard, making the first women’s professional snowboard and inventing the electronic dampening system for snowboards. The company is a subsidiary of K2, a skiing company founded in 1961 in Washington and named after the second highest mountain in the world. In addition to boards, the company also makes boots, bindings, helmets, clothes and accessories sold in stores worldwide and online. The company is also a sponsor of snowboarding movies and short-form videos. Leading snowboarders who use K2 products include athlete and filmmaker Shaun McKay, Celia Miller and Danny Larsen.
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Jake Burton founded the world’s first snowboard factory in 1977. After years of modifying snurfers, the precursors to modern snowboards, Burton decided to open a factory and build his own product. With the goal of making just 50 boards a day, Burton and two friends went into business. Today, Burton snowboards, boots, bindings, clothes and accessories are sold in shops around the world and on the manufacturer’s website. Like other major snowboarding companies, Burton makes snowboarding movies featuring its sponsored athletes. It also created the “Learn To Ride” (LTR) program, a series of products and lessons targeting beginning snowboarders. LTR centres are located at over 140 resorts around the world.
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The snowboarding company Lib Tech is known for its creative, experimental snowboard designs and the vibrant graphics of its products. Founded by snowboarding pioneer Mike Olson, the company is a subsidiary of parent company Mervin Manufacturing. Lib Tech boasts a dedication to the environment in manufacturing and is an advocate of using recycled products through its environmental campaign. Lib Tech’s “Banana Technology” is the winner of many industry design awards. In keeping with its creative approach to business, the company sponsors artists as well as athletes and videos. Its artist designs are featured in galleries on the company’s website.
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Sequim, WA 98382
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