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Burton invites you to a Day for Jake on March 13

As you all well know and as we informed you in this article, Jake Burton Carpenter passed away this past November. Jake had a great influence on all of us in the world of snowboarding. We are pleased to share with you that Burton created a special day to honor the memory and legacy of Jake and invites you to take part in a Day for Jake on March 13. The invitation directly from Burton says it best:

With Jake’s passing this past November, the snowboarding community lost its greatest champion. We have been overwhelmed with the continuous messages of support from all over the globe.

Burton has decided to do something all together, on a huge, global level: on Friday, March 13th, 2020, we aim to honor the memory and legacy of Jake Burton Carpenter by coming together to do what he loved most—snowboard.

Thirteen resorts globally are joining A Day for Jake by offering free lift tickets to snowboarders on March 13th,marking the first time resorts have opened their slopes, for free, to snowboarders.

All riders are invited to ride for free in the following resorts, that stand out as emblematic of Jake’s vision of an ideal snowboarding experience:

  • Boyne Mountain, Michigan, USA
  • Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington, USA
  • Big Sky Resort, Montana, USA
  • Avoriaz, France, Europe
  • Absolut Park, Flachauwinkl, Austria, Europe
  • Copper Mountain/Woodward Copper, Colorado, USA
  • Boreal/Woodward Tahoe, California, USA
  • LAAX, Switzerland, Europe
  • Cypress Mountain, Vancouver, Canada
  • Stratton Mountain, Vermont, USA
  • Bear Mountain, California, USA
  • Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy, Europe
  • Seki Onsen Resort, Nigata, Myoko, Japan

We would like to reach out and personally invite you, your colleagues, friends and families to join us all on this day for Jake.

More information for you about the day:

  • Pre-registration is required at the event website for a free lift ticket and lift tickets are for snowboarders only. Registration ends on March 8th.
  • Snowboarders around the world are also invited to independently celebrate A Day for Jake by simply getting out and riding anywhere on March 13th and sharing their experience on social media. Let’s load those mountains up with as many snowboarders as we can.
  • Day For Jake armbands and stickers are available at Burton Stores and downloadable at A Day For Jake. They will also be distributed on March 13th to all registered participants in the resorts mentioned above.
  • Share your A Day For Jake experience using the hashtag #RideonJake.

In honor of Jake, Burton Stores will be closed on March 13. As an industry and as a community we will come together for this day to remember, reflect and ride together. It will continue on as a tradition to carry Jake’s spirit forward, to share our love of snowboarding and the joy of a perfect turn. We hope you think this is as special as we do.

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Jake Burton Carpenter passed away

We are sad to share the news that the snowboarding pioneer, founder of Burton Snowboards and an amazing human Jake Burton Carpenter passed away last night. Jake will always remain a symbol of snowboarding for us and the whole community. Jake’s family is in our hearts and minds and we are sending love and strength to Donna, George, Taylor, Timi and the extended family. Rest In Peace Jake.

Official Burton statement from John Lacy:

“It is with a very heavy heart that we share that Burton founder Jake Burton Carpenter 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.” #RideonJake

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Banked Slalom Finnish Champs and Finnish spring – what a combo!

On April 6th Banked Slalom Finnish Champs were held in Tahko, Finland in an amazing weather. The event, organized by Finnish Snowboarding Association, was full of joy as the perfect course was enjoyed by nearly 100 riders under a Finnish spring sun.

The annual Finnish Champs were held a second year in a row with lots of riders returing to Tahko. There were pro riders such as Heikki Sorsa, Siv Knudsen and Anton Lindfors, former pro riders like Joni Malmi, Sami Tuoriniemi and Heppu Pentti and a bunch of amazing riders from all ages.

The competition was held in three categories: Open, Rookies and Adaptive. Unfortunately reigning adaptive banked slalom Finnish champ, Paralympic gold winner and X Games gold medalist Matti Suur-Hamari couldn’t compete this year, but it was great to see Tomi Taskinen and a new face Sampsa Kankkunen on course. In the end it was Kankkunen taking gold with a solid run.

In open category it was a tough race. At first it seemed Jenni Viitanen and Anton Lindfors would be having an easy year as they both had straight great runs, but as the two-hour-session got further, other riders began to get better times. Unfortunately for the others, good for Jenni and Anton, but the rest of the field wasn’t fast enough. So boardercross World Cup rider Anton Lindfors took another gold, and so did Jenni Viitanen. Silver medalist in men Heppu Pentti was only 0,5 second behind Anton, and there were five riders inside one second. In rookies it was Roni Aalto and Jasmin Kaikuranta taking the fastest laps.

And not to forget team challenge on day before. With ”Gone Fishin’” theme it was a blast as riders wearing all kinds of funny costumes were killing it on course. In the end it was Team TB (brothers Jari Tuoriniemi and Sami Tuoriniemi) taking the fastest laps and enjoying the victory.

Thank you for all for taking part and see you next year with even better race!

Banked Slalom Finnish Champs were supported by Burton Snowboards, Tahko, Tahko Chalet, and Vision Fly Fishing

Open, men:

1. Anton Lindfors 33,45

2. Heppu Pentti 33,96

3. Panu Ruotsalainen 34,20

Open, Women:

1. Jenni Viitanen 37,71

2. Siv Knudsen 38,37

3. Heidi Latola 38.95


1. Sampsa Kankkunen 43,47

2. Tomi Taskinen 1.10,71

Rookies, boys:

1. Roni Aalto 35,83

2. Elias Hämäläinen 36,85

3. Roomeo Aalto 37,08

Rookies, girls:

1. Jasmin Kaikuranta 41,09

2. Ronia Welling 41,86

3. Sara Nybäck 41,87

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Banked Slalom Finnish Championships

After a successful Banked Slalom Tour, it’s time for Banked Slalom Finnish Championships second time in a row. Likewise last year, in 2019 Tahko in Nilsiä, Finland is the place where the Finnish champs of this glorious sport will be crowned.

Spring-time in Finland is warm and sunny, so again it will be a great weekend spent with friends in a fun course. There will be divisions for open men and women, grom boys and girls, and also adaptive riders so everybody gets their equal competitions. Join the fun!

Banked Slalom Finnish Championships is organized by Finnish Snowboard Association.
Banked Slalom Finnish Championships is supported by Burton Snowboards, Tahko, Tahko Chalet &
More information and timetables will be posted on the event’s Facebook page.