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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 :dunno: 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 :D

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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great storys! "power channel!" hahaha

to continue my tale...

kept on boarding, such as it was, on the golf course behind the house...we had a run we called "Killer Hill" LOL...it had a roller in the middle, so you could make a couple turns, then bomb for the roller, get maybe 3 feet high, 15-20 feet roller-air, then another turn or 2 to the bottom. we would go hit that like 50 times, until it was too dark to see

later we went and poached a 7 Springs and another mountain in WV, i forget the name...this was of course long before they were allowed on the mountain, we would get chased off, threatened etc, but not before getting a run or 2, haha

senior year my bro and i roadtripped the 14 hrs to Stowe, VT,,this was the first year they allowed boards, i guess that was winter '86?...we were not ready for a real mountain, with our Performers, and jeans..but we went anyhow...that trip planted the seed though...the winter of '88 i left home and moved to Stowe in my van, to teach snowboarding ! hah, got hired by Lowell Hart on the phone (he went on to help found the first teaching certification for board, i forget the acronym)...ridiculous though, me teaching! but, by the end of that season i had new gear (burton air, the first one)

and new skills from riding the vermont ice. a fellow instructor was Bud Keene, who also went on to greatness in competition, and is currently the head coach of the US Olympic Snowboard team, and Shaun White's personal coach i believe...

more to come...
 

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This is my first board, a Black Snow Legend. I got the board Christmas of 88 but before that my friends and I would stand on toboggans or take the trucks off our skateboards and staple crazy carpets to the bottom. I didn't get a board with steel edges for a couple more years but it didn't matter since we'd just hike and straighline the same jump on a 20 ft hill the entire day.

Edit; Took me a few weeks before I realized you could switch the bindings around to ride it goofy. 25 years later and I finally did my first full switch run this year.
 

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My first board? My first board has never been rode by me. After I tried snowboarding I knew I was hooked. As the next season came up I bought a $40 board and binding combo off Craigslist just to make sure I had something to ride. An old cap construction Liquid board with old thin foam crap Liquid bindings. Never rode them since I got a Lib Tech TRS MTX of ebay and some Contrabands before the season started. The bindings got use on a homemade trampoline practice board and the board has set tune, waxed, and never ridden.
 

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My first board was an oversized DC Biddy from the end of season sales last year. We'd had two recreational sessions at the local snowdomes since passing our learner lessons, and quickly learned that rentals were crap! My full setup was the 151 Biddy, Union Flite bindings, and Burton Mint boots. At the time I wished I'd have gotten a smaller size, but it ended up being a great all-mountain board for our recent holiday to the French alps. :)

During the summer I picked up the last Roxy Ally 143 demo board from the dome, which I'd been drooling over since our first lesson... same boots/bindings and it's a dream for jibbing.

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My first board was a Sims Salasnek. The iconic one with the skate trucks. I'm still beating myself up for selling it :(

 

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This is my first board, Burton Air 6.1; ... the early 90´s .... with this board me and my buddies had real good times in the "wild east" of germany and Czech Republic. We had no instructors, no idea how to ride it...great times and lots of fun.
It is still in good condition for it´s age, the bindings are also still full functional, but i don´t ride it anymore ;)
 

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...next chapter
so im in Stowe and spring comes, spring '89, and i just dont want to stop riding, cant stand the thought of going back to PA, so i bought a plane ticket to Portland with what little money i had. never been out west before, had no contacts, maybe $200, a little backpack and my board...i just had heard that they ride Mount Hood all summer and that the boarding camps were going on at Timberline. Arrive in PDX and thumb it right out of the airport parking lot, catch a ride all the way to Gov't Camp. Rode timberline some, met people, crashed on condo floors or wherever, i was in heaven, but running out of money and there was no work at Hood. Heard about Bend/Bachelor (had never even heard of those, thats how clueless i was, LOL) and that there was work in Bend and that they rode all summer too, so i thumbed it to Bend, camped out on the 7 Mile Rd(? some name like that) and rode Bachelor til closing day, back in those days it was July sometime........con't
 

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GNU Carbon Credit this season's model. LOL. Just started boarding this January at 26, got hooked. I love the board and basically used this forum to figure out what to buy :).
 

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I see someone else started on the same thing as me! haha. 1988 I was 11. Black Snow Legend. Pretty much same deal, spent about 2 years hitting the same jump on a small toboggan hill a few blocks from my house and at 13 I got a Burton Air and a pass at the local hill.

 

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5150 with "GOT RICE" on the nose and tail. It was from my cousin, it was stiff, and it was pretty damn fast for what it was. Learned on that and then switched to a Lib Tech Phoenix as soon as I was good enough to tell the difference.
 
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