Rome Snowboards was founded in late 2001 in Waterbury, Vermont by Josh Reid and Paul Maravetz, who were former marketing and product development employees at Burton, together with Dan Sullivan. Starting out with three snowboards and a line of gloves, their aim was to create high standard products, contrary to what they thought was the norm at that time, which were mediocre but heavily marketed products, focussing sponsoring too heavily on Olympic athletes. After having enough of the direction snowboarding was headed towards, Reid and Maravetz left Burton and started Rome Snowboard Design Syndicate in short -Rome SDS.
From the beginning on up until today Rome Snowboards went for the anti-establishment and “from snowboarders, for snowboarders” mentality, rebelling their way up to one of the top snowboard brands today. A heavy part of their success is their ‘get involved’ policy, with which Rome is encouraging people riding their products to give them feedback on it so better gear can be developed.
Stacked with a heavy roster of riders like Laurent-Nicolas Paquin or Bjorn Leines, Rome Snowboards hooked up the complete boyband that is RK1, for whose edits kids go absolutely mental for.
Apart from boards, Rome Snowboards produces bindings, boots and apparel for men and women, as well as riders of all levels.
Rome Snowboards have produced several successful web series like their “12 months – a year in search of shred” project, where each month an edit at a different location around the globe was produced and released.