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You walk into a snowboard shop to purchase your new snowboard for the riding season. The sales associate helps you pick out a few options and stands in front of you. They tell you if the board was between your chin and your nose, you’re good.  That’s not entirely accurate.  Take a look at a snowboard size chart. Snowboard size is as much about your weight and foot size as it is about your height. Moreover, as board shapes have diversified with the popularity surge of powder and big mountain freeriding, it’s not uncommon for riders to have significantly larger—or...

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Written by: Tony Gill During snowboarding’s nascent days in the late 80s, there were three snowboard brands that left an impact on core riders: Burton, Sims and Kemper Snowboards. Burton grew into the global snowboarding leader, thrust into the mainstream by the likes of Shaun White and his three Olympic gold medals. Sims is still kicking but never reached those same heights. Kemper, meanwhile, went out of business in 1994 after being purchased by an inline skate company. That didn’t sit well with Kemper’s new owner, Jib Hunt. “Kemper always had the best team back then. Their riders were throwing the biggest...

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Written by: Chase Anderson   For longtime snowboarders, Kemper may be a familiar name. While memory may fade for some of this beloved and defunct brand, one man is determined to see the late 80s brand rise from the ashes. It has been 20 years since the company originally closed its doors but this snowboarder misses the nostalgia. Jib Hunt, pro snowboarder, graphic designer and former design director at Burton acquired the trademark for the dormant brand in 2018. Hunt recently relaunched the brand in Park City after reviving original designs and board shapes from old photos to their former...

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