Last month, the snowboard community lost one of its founding fathers and heroes Jake Burton. Jake Burton born and raised in Burlington, Vermont helped to propel snowboarding from a hobby to a global sport over the last 4 decades.
“He was our founder, the soul of snowboarding, the one who gave us the sport that we all love so much. Ride on, Jake,”
When Jake passed due to complications from his recurring cancer the snowboarding community took notice, with most taking to social media to send their love and gratitude to the man, myth and legend. We rounded up some photos and well wishes from the last couple of weeks in commemoration of Jake.
Today our world lost a dear friend and founding father. Our thoughts go out to the Carpenter Family. Forever in our hearts.
Thank You Jake.. Thank you for the priceless memories, people and best friends in my life snowboarding has brought on. Forever grateful. I’ve always been in awe when around you because of your admiration for life, living it to the fullest, passion for sport and the lifestyle associated. Your personality as a whole - It will forever live on in all of us. We’ll miss you. Thoughts go out to the Burton Family and everyone affected... Much Love.
My passion, my best friends, my career, my travels and experiences, my most frustrating moments and my happiest. It's all from snowboarding... And you gave me snowboarding. Thank you, Jake.❤️
My HERO ❤️
Jake has shaped my entire way of life, he always genuinely cared that everyone around him was having fun, for real, and never asked for anything in return. So many lifelong memories. Thank you for everything Jake. Love to the Carpenter family ♥️
Don’t know where I’d be in life if you had not took me under your wing when you did. You gave me the encouragement and support I needed in such a crucial time in my life as you’ve done for so many others. You helped me see the world and nurtured my creative spirit.
You made me feel so proud the past few times we connected, I’m so thankful I used those moments to tell you how much you meant to me while you were here. I looked up to you like a father figure and will be forever grateful for all you’ve done for snowboarding and the unmeasurable impact you made on my life. I will never forget the day you took me to Stowe, just me and you solo shred mission, you showed me all your secret pow stashes, I got to ride behind you, It was a dream. We listened to Tupac on the way home in the truck. Love you Jake. Your influence is forever.
Courtesy of Vice: Powder and Rails: Snowboard Legend Jake Burton Carpenter
Courtesy of BBC Witness History: The History of Snowboarding: Jake Burton
From everyone here at Canada Snowboard thanks Jake for everything you have done for the global shred community.