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Founder Of Burton Snowboards, Jake Burton Carpenter, Has Died At Age 65

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It is being reported today, November 21, that the founder of Burton Snowboards, Jake Burton Carpenter, has died from complications of cancer. He was 65 years of age.


Burton is credited as being one of, if not the pioneer of modern-day snowboarding.  It was in 1977 the Burton founded his company of the same name in southern Vermont. Over the last 40 years, Burton has been at the forefront of pushing the sport into the mainstream and advancing the technologies of snowboarding and the equipment associated with it.

In 2011, Burton was first diagnosed with testicular cancer, but had fought the good fight and had been given a clean bill of health for a time. However, quite recently it was announced that his cancer had returned, and in this case, he was no longer able to fight that fight.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Burton died on Wednesday night, November 20, in Burlington, Vermont, the same town that is the home of the Burton Snowboards headquarters. According to the social media post above, he passed peacefully by family and loved ones.

Though this news is still breaking, it will undoubtedly cast a cloud of sadness over those who knew Jake Burton and the winter sports world as a whole for some time to come. In the meantime, let us all send well wishes to his family and loved ones, and possibly get out there and take one more run in honor of Jake. Rest In Peace, Brother.

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