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i bought a Burton Backyard at a garage sale for $5...this was 1984. I lived in Peter's Twp Pennsylvania at the time. Other friends got into boarding too, we would ride the hills of the golf course that was thru the woods behind my house. Didn't think it was a big deal at the time, or that it would be the root of all that ive done, and many decisions i have made since. mainly about where i would go apon leaving home, where i would eventually live, etc...lots more to tell of my bizarre path to MT, but i'll save that to see if anyone else chimes in here...
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My first board was a 1996 K2 Dart. I'm pretty sure it was a 168. It was the NARROWEST board I have ever been on. And it's what I learned with. The combination of giant board, skinny waist, and Clicker Boots and Bindings made it a monster to ride. Forward angles were the only way I could ride it with my size 13 boots. I got it from my friend's bro-in-law who worked at the K2 factory on Vashon. The whole setup cost me $75. Best part is, it was a part of a group buy with a bunch of my friends, and I only ended up on the Dart because it was the longest board and I was the tallest dude. The 158 K2 Fatbob ended up going to the shortest dude with the smallest feet. If only I knew then what I know now. LoL!

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Mid 90's Lib Tech with a violin design on it. No idea about the model.

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My first board came from a friend who worked at Coors, he won a snowboard and had zero interest in the thing, traded it to me for some weed. It was pretty cool, said "Be Original" on the base and the top was painted like a beer mug. I knew nothing about snowboards at the time and was an avid skier.

I still have it too! Bindings, bag, airwalk boots and all, I believe it was a Burton, not sure what model.

I tried it 5-6 times that season then got into it the next (2000 ish) I loved the way it felt in deep powder and it just seemed more fun!. I haven't bought a new pair of skis since! I do want to get some newer skis though, mine are antiques!

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There's my first board. Late 90's K2 Doublewide. Originally had K2 Clicker bindings and boots. Eventually swapped them for Sims boots and bindings (pictured). I was happy to be off Clickers, but the hardware on those Sims would always come loose after a few runs.

I really loved this board. I could butter on it for days. It saw lots of action in the NC and WV mountains.

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Got this beaut in 1994 (not my actual board, I just found a picture of it):



Used it for 9 years, had no idea it was a piece of shit but I learned everything I needed to know on it. The base had a railroad spike graphic running the entire length, kinda cool.

But my brother rode this throughout his formative snowboarding years (I still don't know how he kept up):



As awesomely vintage it is, it was a total pain in the ass to ride.

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If only I knew then what I know now. LoL!
Haha... was alike here. My first board was a F2 in '92. They had no clou in the shop, I had no clou so they gave me a 160ish one (cause this was the lenght of the ski I rode). I was a teen then, around 100lbs. Don't remember if I ever managed to do three turns in a row on this monster

It's impossible to don't live close to mountains in Switzerland... but I wouldn't move to a country/place where there are no mountains. I get lost I flat lands (psyc. and phys). I often hear people here moan about the bad weather, the short days in winter, how they would love to live in the - say - Caribbean. Never had this wish
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cool to see these old boards!, i remeber thinking those red burton highback w/buckles(!) were soooo rad

i had the Performer Elite 140 also! wish i had held onto all of these boards, vintage stuff is worth some bucks now

at one time or another i had all of these...


i remember i still had the Safari my first year in Jackson ('89) thing was stiff as fuk as i recall...next chapter of my tale when i can type it, in a bit...

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The Christmas of 87 brought all the grandkids Blacksnow Snurfer type things. They were about 135cms, had built in traction pads on the top and a rope handle. Underneath it was lime green with 2 metal skegs and a power channel down the middle.

Seeing as there were 4 of us about 3 months apart in age plus my older brother we decided to test them out immediately while the adults did adult things. I can distinctly remember my one cousin running me over on his and cutting my pants open with those skegs as we bombed down my grandparents driveway and tried to pop over the abutment wall at the end. I'm also pretty sure my one cousin went into the goldfish pond and broke the ice and my aunt had to come get him out.

Needless to say it wasn't long before my brother realized standing on the thing sucked and we needed straps so he wood screwed in two loops that were cut from an old dog leash. That was the game changer.


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1995/1996 was when I first started snowboarding and without ever taking a lesson I was able to convince my parents to buy me A-Deck 139 with Burton Freestyle bindings.


The board was pink on top with a green bottom. My bindings were dark grey with forest green high backs. My boots were made by a company called Jobless.

I worse all my normal snow gear and didn't even realize there were goggles until my second year snowboarding. I just thought snowboarding was a fun way to pass the time until I could skateboard again.

Thusly I spent a lot of time on sidehills around my home town in Vermont. I mostly built jumps or used my snowboard to bring pvc pipes out to slide.

It wasn't until my second year that things got real. My mom found out about this thing called a ski-bus and I was able to go up every weekend for 27 dollars.

I remember going off my first real jump. Skateboarding was officially dead to me that day. I spent hours and hours hanging out after school at the Burton factory. I jumped on their trampolines. Did everything I could to just snowboard.

The rest is history...

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