Jake Burton Carpenter, Godfather of Snowboarding, Dies At 65

Jake Burton Carpenter has died due to complications from a second attack of cancer that he has revealed to his employees earlier this month.

Carpenter was 65 and he is the founder of Burton Snowboards.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news that Jake passed away peacefully last night surrounded by his family and loved ones as a result of complications from recurring cancer. He was our founder, the soul of snowboarding, the one who gave us the sport we all love so much,” John Lacy, Burton’s co CEO wrote in an email to their employees.

“This all happened very sudden, and it’s a tremendous loss for his family, his friends and all of you. We will share more details about plans to celebrate Jake’s life soon. Today, please take the time and space you need to process this very sad news. If you need to go home and be with loved ones or prefer to stay today, please do what is best for you. At noon today, we will be holding a gathering in the lobby/store for those who benefit from grieving with others; it will be a time to share stories, and celebrate an incredibly full life.

“As a start of our celebration of Jake’s life, I’d encourage everyone to do what Jake would be doing tomorrow, and that’s riding. It’s opening day at Stowe, so consider taking some turns together, in celebration of Jake.”

As of late, Jake Burton Carpenter had been focused on creating Mine77, a limited-edition collection of apparel and gear that features innovative fabrics and cutting-edge technology.

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