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1. Markku Koski

1. Markku Koski

Former board sponsor: Stepchild

Current sponsors: Quiksilver, 32, Etnies, Vivo Headwear

At 32 years of age, Markku Koski may be one of the more, let’s say, ‘established’ dudes on this list but he can still ride a snowboard really bloody well. He’s the kind of rider that you could point at any feature and count on him to send it.

Markku spent many years on the Stepchild team before being let go a couple of seasons back (to be fair, he was a little out of place seeing as a pretty hefty chunk of their team is made up of North American jibbers), and while he may not get the same coverage today as he did in his hey-day, we reckon the Finnish halfpipe boss, who you may remember scored a bronze medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics, is still more than worthy of a board sponsor. Check his kicker hits starting at 2:33 in the edit above from our Send Off Session this year: they ain’t half shabby.

  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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