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…