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Jake Burton Carpenter, Snowboarding Pioneer, Dies At 65

The founder of the massive snowboarding brand Burton Snowboards died Wednesday from complications due to cancer. He was 65.
Jake Burton Carpenter on Vermont's Stowe Mountain, in 2007. Carpenter died Wednesday at the age of 65. Source: Johannes Kroemer

Jake Burton Carpenter, whose snowboard business and promotional efforts transformed the sport into a global sensation, died Wednesday at 65 from complications from cancer.

Carpenter, the founder of the iconic Burton Snowboards company, was born in 1954 — when snowboarding was radically different from what's seen today. During the mid-1900s, snowboards looked

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