In my honest opinion, Jesse Burtner is one of the most influential snowboarders alive. In fact, Jesse’s lucky to even be alive. After a head injury that almost permanently sidelined Burtner from snowboarding (among other things), the Alaska native came back stronger than ever, and his influence (as well as his skill) continues to grow. Rather than fade away from the limelight after a tragic turn of events, Burtner donned a dome protector and got right back on the horse, then created Think Thank productions shortly thereafter. Little did Burtner know that the films he would produce in the following years would redirect modernday boardin’ flicks, focusing more on attainable, progressive, and fun shredding rather than slow-motion seven-angle dolly shots––and kids loved them. Burtner’s brainchild further solidified his legend as a snowboarder and a filmmaker, and this praise is only the tip of the iceberg in regard to his tenure in the snowboard world. This is simply a testament to Jesse’s personality, talent, humor, ambition, and creativity. So, thanks, Jesse’s brain!
Tom Monterosso ––
THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED
Congratulations to Jarred Hillman of Littleton, CO. Now all you have to do is learn every one footed variation in the book and your a full-on Burtner clone!!
Lib Tech Burtner’s Box Scratcher BTX
“I always rode the small Box Scratcher for rails but then jibbing started taking me into more variety of terrain where I needed more board. This board is a bit longer and wider. It’s small enough to get super tricky on rails but still supports on the all mountain jibbing I love to do, I even hit some powder jumps and it worked great! ”
Mervin ExperiMENTAL prototype Bindings
Top Secret Yo.
Airblaster Balboa Zip-Off
“This jacket has pterodactyls on the sleeve that turn into purple in the sun, so yeah, do you really need anything else? Oh you do? How about the sleeves zip off so you can get a farmers tan, booyah!”
Airblaster Board Short
“These pants zip off in to shorts, ruling for hot hikes or impromptu sun burn sessions. I find myself riding in inclement weather a ton and I can vouch they work good as pants too. I like the cut as well, not tight not baggy, just pants for boarding. ”
“These goggles are good, they don’t fog on me and the lens is easy to change. The best thing about them though is that they have no frame on the bottom so when you see someone wearing them you can say, “Hey, your lens is falling out,” and they always look. Except me, I’m hip to the game, so don’t try it.”
POW High Five
“Milbery’s pro model glove, has a big five on the palm, super positive vibes just like Pat.”