Jake Burton Carpenter (born
April 29, 1954 in
City), also known as Jake Burton, is an
American snowboarder and founder of Burton Snowboards. He grew up in Cedarhurst, New
Carpenter's high school education began in
Massachusetts. After graduating from The Marvelwood School in Cornwall, CT
he enrolled at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
avid skier, Carpenter hoped to join the university's successful ski
team; however, his competitive skiing career ended in a car
accident. After several years away from college he
resumed his studies at New York University, graduating with a degree in economics.
After college, Carpenter's
interests returned to the slopes. Working from a barn in Londonderry,
Vermont, he improved on the Snurfer,
a basic toy snowboard which featured a rope to allow the rider some
basic control over the board.
By the late 70's, he joined a
small cadre of manufacturers who had begun selling snowboards with
design features such as a bentwood laminate core and a rigid
binding which held the board firmly to the wearer's boot. Carpenter
continues to run the Burton company, which has grown into one of
the world's largest snowboard and snowboarding-equipment