Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Forum Snowboards

Forum snowboards was first started by Four Star Distribution and pro snowboarder Peter Line in the summer of 1996. On July 15, 2004 Forum was bought by Burton Snowboards.Peter Line attempted to create the greatest pro team ever, which resulted in "The Forum 8", arguably the most progressive group of riders ever. The Forum 8 were: JP Walker, Jeremy Jones, Joni Malmi, Bjorn Leines, Devun Walsh, Chris Dufficy, Wille Yli-Luoma and Peter Line and were seen on Mack Dawg Productions' "The Resistance".
Since then, 6 of the original 8 have left Forum, with Joni Malmi and Peter Line the only original Forum 8 left. JP Walker, Devun Walsh, Lauri Heiskari and Iikka Bäckström left Forum Snowboards in 2006 and 2007.
Currently, the Forum team consists of: Peter Line, Joni Malmi, Eddie Wall, Travis Kennedy, Pat Moore, Jake Blauvelt, Stevie Bell, Jake Welch, Nic Sauve, Daniel Ek and John Jackson

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Nitro Snowboards

Nitro Snowboards was founded in 1990 in Seattle, Washington. All of Nitro's snowboards are designed in their design office in Seattle and manufactured in Austria. Their product range consists of snowboards, bindings, boots and softgoods. Nitro also has 3 side projects: L1 outwear, Raiden - more advanced and expensive line of their bindings and L1TA outwear which is designed only for women.
Some of the most famous team riders include:
Andreas Wiig
Marc Frank Montoya
Eero Ettala
Lukas Huffman
Andrew Crawford
Over the last 17 years Nitro has made and manufactured over 300
diff. snowboards.

Burton Snowboards

Burton Snowboards is the world's leading manufacturer[1] of snowboards.[2] Founded by Jake Burton Carpenter in 1977, the company specializes in a broad product line aimed at snowboarders: hard goods, outerwear, accessories. Aside from selling goods under its own brand name, Burton incorporates several sub-brands which focus on a specific specialty. These sub-brands include Anon Optics (snowboard goggles and eyewear), R.E.D. Protection (helmets and body armor), Analog Outerwear, and Gravis Footwear. In 2005, Four Star Distribution sold four of its snowboard brands to Burton, including Forum Snowboarding, Jeenyus Snowboards, Foursquare Outerwear, and Special Blend (SB) Outerwear.


Shaun Roger White aka the Flying Tomato (born September 3, 1986 in Carlsbad, California), is an American athlete. He has been a notable competitor in professional snowboarding since he was twelve years old.
White stands 5' 8.5" (1.73 m) tall. He rides
regular stance, twelve and negative three degrees on his board.[citation needed] He is known for his shock of red hair, for which he has become known as "The Flying Tomato". Addressing his perception of the nickname, Rolling Stone magazine wrote, "he used to embrace it, even wearing headbands with a flying-tomato logo, but he has grown tired of it."[1]White soon gained sponsorship from Burton after his mother phoned them to see if they had a board small enough for her 6-year-old son. Shaun spent his formative years riding Snow Summit, a small ski resort found in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. Shaun honed his skills on the now defunct Westridge snowboard park. Today, his sponsors include Burton, as well as Oakley, T-mobile, R.E.D., Volcom, Birdhouse Skateboards, Ricta, Park City Resort, Target, Red Bull, Transworld Snowboarding, Adio, KB Toys, Limited Too, Sony, Mountain Dew, HP, and Slayer. White also has his own character on the game Amped 2
White has been a participant in the winter
X Games and the World Series, where he has medaled every year since 2002. Including all winter X Games competitions through 2007, his medal count stands at 11 (7 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), including the first four-peat winner by a male athlete in one discipline, the snowboard slopestyle. White's quest for a five-peat Gold in 2007 was spoiled by Andreas Wiig (Gold) and Jussi Oksanen (Silver), with White taking the bronze. At the conclusion of the 2007 Winter X Games, White also stood as one of three athletes who have won a leading six gold medals in their total Winter X competitive history. He has also won the Air & Style Contest in 2003 and 2004.
White also earned a gold medal in the men's
halfpipe while representing the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He scored a 46.8 out of 50 on his first run. The score was not beaten by any other boarder in the first or second run, ensuring him the gold before his final run.
White had a dramatic win at the 25th Annual Burton US Open, March 13-18th, 2007 at Stratton Mountain in Vermont, USA. There he placed third in slopestlyle and first in the halfpipe. White was defending champion of the Open, as he had overcome several years of injuries and other problems to finally win the event in 2006 for the first ese. Aime the 2007 Open, White was also crowned the first "Male Burton Global Open Champion". His take for the event was $100,000 (Global Open Champ), $20,000 (1st Place Halfpipe), $5,000 (3rd Place Slopestyle), and a new Volvo.