The Most Influential Gear of All Time: Burton Snowboard

1977

Burton Nug

Burton Nug snowboard     Photo: Courtesy of Burton

Jake Burton Carpenter modified the binding-free Snurfer into what he called the first snowboard. Carpenter’s snowboards were shaped out of a single plank of wood instead of two, and he attached rubber foot-strap bindings instead of a rope through the nose. Carpenter built his first snowboards by hand in his shop in Londonderry, Vermont. Now only could he not afford to outsource the manufacturing, but he couldn't even afford proper ventilation equipment at the time—so he and his co-founder, east coast surfer and founder of Winterstick, Dimitrije Milovich, coated the boards in polyurethane while wearing a scuba mask.

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