Jake founded Burton Snowboards out of a Vermont barn in 1977 and dedicated the rest of his life to snowboarding. He was our founder, the soul of snowboarding, the one who gave us the sport we all love so much.
The impact his spirit had on each of us is undeniable, and through snowboarding, the feelings we've experienced and the memories we've made are unforgettable. His legacy will live on forever.
Using the message board below, join us in honoring Jake by writing him a note sharing how snowboarding changed your life. Then scroll through the messages we've received so far to get inspired.
To write your own note to Jake, simply click on the pencil icon to get started.
A global day of having as much fun as possible to celebrate the legacy of Jake Burton Carpenter
"After his fascination with the Snurfer… he built the first successful snowboard company."
The New York Times
"What Snowboarding Owes Jake Burton: A Remembrance"
The Mine is Ours
Product development was Jake’s biggest passion, and he always made it fun. Taking a piece of gear and asking: How can we make it better? He couldn’t keep his hands off, and no detail was too small. Thus, Mine77, Jake’s personal creative outlet, was born.
In His Own Words
Jake was always hands-on, and determined to do things his own way. No one could map out his life story but him, so he wrote it himself.
How I Built This
Spend some time with Jake in his interview with NPR’s Guy Raz.
His photos. His stories. Welcome to Jake’s world.