The first National Snow Surfing Championships, organised by Paul Graves at Suicide Six, Woodstock, Vermont were held in 1982. The event featured a slalom and downhill and both Jake Burton and Tom Sims rocked up to compete. Racers in the downhill supposedly reached speeds of up to 60 m.p.h and Sims eventually emerged victorious – with a fractured thumb after crashing into the hay bales at the bottom of the course to show for it…
The following year Jake took over the event, while Tom Sims started the World Snowboarding Championships in Tahoe – the first event to feature a halfpipe. Believe it or not, Burton threatened to boycott because he felt that halfpipes shouldn’t be a part of the event – we’re glad he’s changed his mind since.
In 1985, Jake renamed his event the Burton US Open which has continued to this day.