Anyone that believes you "need" a snowboarder to make your snowboard is fooling themselves. You need a factory worker that understands that. China and Austria dominate in this respect. You will find a better finished product 90% of the time from a foreign country.
But I want my TV made my a TV watcher!!!! And my car built by a race car driver!
Designed and tweaked is one thing, built is another... Seems like in the race/BX/carving scene there's a lot made in Germany or Switzerland that get high praise. Oxess, Kessler, Virus, etc. etc.