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Mig
Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:37 am Reply with quote
Joined: 03 Oct 2006 Posts: 145 Location: Quebec, Canada
My friends and I in 1983.
We all started in 1979...
I'm the fat one with ear-muffs...

All pics by Paul Dionne.



























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Christian
Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:28 am Reply with quote
Joined: 16 Jul 2003 Posts: 2986 Location: Connecticut
those are some great shots!
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Buddha43
Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:55 am Reply with quote
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I wish i had old shots of me and my friends, i started riding in 85-86 on a Burton 145 Elite (V-tail and with a skeg) rulled the powder, sucked on the hard packed ice.

Those are some rad shots, thanks for posting, brings back some good memories.
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yoyo
Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 12:26 pm Reply with quote
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Very rad indeed and lots of history.
I started out snowboarding back in 1987 on a Sims Switchblade.
Back then you could not buy snowboards over here and I tried to make my own version with a skateboard deck and some old cut off skis...never really worked. I'll see if I can scan a couple of shots as well.
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auragreg
Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:21 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 31 Aug 2004 Posts: 2382 Location: Highland, Michigan, USA, Earth
nice shots!

I was trying to figure out when I started snowboarding ... a kid asked me this past weekend and I realized that I have been snowboarding for possibly 20 years! It was either 87-88, or 88-89 .... It was on a new split tail Burton Cruise(r). The one with the mountains.

Is there a site out there like "Art of Skateboarding" for snowboards? I'd love to know what year a couple of my old snowboards are.

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Juarez
Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:15 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 27 Nov 2001 Posts: 597 Location: New England
Mig, those are great, thanks for posting. Do you ever recall a brand called "Lofo" from back then? I think they would have been based in Quebec.
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Mig
Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:27 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 03 Oct 2006 Posts: 145 Location: Quebec, Canada
auragreg wrote:
Is there a site out there like "Art of Skateboarding" for snowboards? I'd love to know what year a couple of my old snowboards are.
You can check these sites:
http://www.oldsnowboards.com
http://www.saltypeaks.com/museum.htm
Or with the user named "snowboard museum" on this forum: http://www.bomberonline.com/VBulletin/showthread.php?t=11132.


Juarez wrote:
Do you ever recall a brand called "Lofo" from back then? I think they would have been based in Quebec.
Yes! Of course! Lofo stands for Louis Fournier. He was a skater (don't know if he still skates...) and started snowboarding in the late '70s like I did, but in a different part of the province. He also made Lofo skateboards that where as hi-tech as his snowboards. He started Original Sin snowboards in the late '80s early '90s which he sold to Dynastar. They later changed it to O' Sin.



Lofo is responsible for a lot of innovations that most snowboarders don't know about. He invented the hi-back. Showed up to a contest in Vermont with it and next thing you know Sims and Burton are offering them the next winter. Here's a funny anecdote: He invented the foldable hi-back has we know it today. Why? Because his boards didn't fit easily in his small car, a Renault 5. So he sawed off his prototype hi-backs, bolted them on each side of the basplates so he could fold'em and fit the boards in his car! All of this was documented in a great article in The Snowboard Journal magazine (RIP) about 3 years ago, I think. He also was the first to make composite boards with p-tex and metal edges when all the big guys were still doing horizontal laminates with paint on the bottom...

He's been working on this for the past couple of years:

You may go to YouTube to view the video by clicking below...
YouTube Video


It's a board with integrated canting and custom flex adjustments. He's supposed to send me a custom freeride board to test out for him. I've helped design and test freeride boards for a couple of local manufacturers in the '90s that were making boards for some of the big brands back then.


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yoyo
Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:18 pm Reply with quote
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As promised, here are a few old shots from me as well.
Enjoy the history.

Air off a kicker with my first Sims Switchblade; note the wooden sidewall. Year: early 1988





Me, posing a classic nosestall





Me, doing kinda lien air on a Look LaMar Freestyle back in 1990


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