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10 Well Known Snowboarders who don't have a Board Sponsor (But Totally Should)

11:34 17th October 2013 by Sam Oetiker
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Peter Konig: one dude who used to ride for Forum and never got picked up by another board sponsor when they ceased to be. Photo: Sami Tuoriniemi

Sponsors are pretty damn important if you’re looking for a career as a professional snowboarder. They’re the dudes that front the cash for your trips, help fund your parts in big movie productions and most importantly, hook you up with snowboard gear.

From your outerwear to your hardwear and pretty much every single thing that you use on and around your snowboard, there are brands vying for your talents to sell their stuff. Naturally, for snowboarders – who soar over the heads of spectators and bone the shit out of grabs in movie parts – it’s their board sponsor that perhaps plays the biggest part in the overall equation.

Although not as hectic as say, football signings, sponsorship deals in snowboarding do come and go every season. But while the vast majority of big name snowboarders have supportive board sponsors, there are a handful of riders who are still killing it in 2013 but for one reason or another, don’t have a sponsorship deal with a major snowboard brand (i.e. a one who manufactures snowboards which can be purchased by Joe Public).

Have a look at the few we’ve picked out – some of them might surprise you…

  1. Alexis Le Forestier

    Why is Chas Guldemond riding this hiddous rockstar board if it’s not his board sponsor ??

  2. JC

    Doesn’t Willett ride for Rome

  3. Dustin

    Most the riders in this article make more money from the sponsors they do have then any board company can produce. Most board companies clam they make no money so pay very little if any at all to even there sponsored top riders. Not to mention most board companies can not afford to pay the incentives side of a contract if the riders starts to win enough contests and published work, so they back out of the contracts or drop you. I can think of countless athletes who are still owed thousands of dollars from board companies that did not follow threw with there end. snowboard companies come and go, but the strong hold companies most these riders have and deserve will pay the bill and not leave them hanging.

  4. Eli Andrews

    There is no coincidence that almost every rider on this list was somehow involved with Burton or the Brand “Forum”
    Jake Burton was a stock broker turned board builder. If you aren’t putting out rider of the year parts and or gold medals you’re going to get cut. Mervin MFG. On the other hand treats their riders like family. Jamie Lynn and Temple Cummins have been on board since the 90s and while they have gotten out of the limelight they are still relevant. IPOD is still on the big B. As for Chas I’m afraid that DCs image doesn’t vibe with contest only results and a mediocre parts in Standard movies. Everyone do the industry a favor and support other companies besides Burton and DC. There riders are left high and dry and luckily there are brands out there like YES and SLASH to pick up older but amazing riders. Boards made in China have no place in snowboarding Ahem, Burton snowboards.

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