• Jake Burton Carpenter: A Sports Pioneer

    14 days ago - By WWD

    Jake Burton Carpenter didn't just build a brand - he built a sport and an industry.
    Charismatic, unaffected and individualistic, Burton spent his entire adult life championing a sport that early naysayers repeatedly tried to write off as a fad. Carpenter, 65, died Wednesday at the University of Vermont Medical Center. The cause of death was due to complications from recurring testicular cancer, a Burton spokeswoman said Thursday.
    What started in 1977 as a business built from a Vermont barn has evolved into a global business with 1,050 employees at its headquarters and 64 freestanding...
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  • Burton Snowboard Founder Jake Burton Has Passed Away

    Burton Snowboard Founder Jake Burton Has Passed Away

    14 days ago - By Hypebeast

    As revealed in an Instagram post, Burton founder Jake Burton Carpenter has passed away from testicular cancer at the age of 65 on November 20. The snowboarding pioneer is widely regarded as the creator of the modern day snowboard, and his company's open-mindedness has boosted the careers of various creatives, from former Nike VP David Schriber to ACRONYM 's Errolson Hugh to visvim's Hiroki Nakamura. After graduating from New York University with an economics degree in 1977, Carpenter moved to Vermont and began developing the "Snurfer," a toy snowboard that refined elements of the original...
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