Burton really WAS at snowboarding’s start

Jake Burton, in 2002, shows off an early model, right, and one of the newer snowboards.

Funny how times change. When the Winter Olympics open this weekend in Vancouver, events featuring snowboards will be plentiful. But it’s worth noting: this will be only the fourth Olympics at which snowboarding has been included. And as recently as the mid-’80s, snowboarders were largely related to the backcountry, unwelcome at any ski resort. And as this ABC News story notes, while a lot of people claim they were there at the beginning of snowboarding’s rise into mass aceptance, few have the evidence to prove it like Jake Burton, who started making boards back in 1977. Check out the story.

Andrew Emmerson is the first monthly winner in Swany’s Outdoor Adventure Video Contest, so he scores a helmet cam as a prize. Emmerson and some friends starred in a video tearing it up in Revelstoke, British Columbia. See for yourself. Hey, it’s easy for you to enter the video contest, too. Here’s how.

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