Born from the ashes of GNU snowboards, Lib Tech has been at the forefront of ecological design and cutting edge technology since the late 80’s. The name comes from when founder Mike Olson put cloth from a jumper into a skateboard prototype. When it came out of the press, it bore an uncanny resemblance to Valentino Liberace’s sparkly jumpers and a brand was born.
Their first born snowboard children all featured skeletons as the top graphic on the deck, the skeletons now adorn many a shred pirates bedroom like a work of art. The legendary snowboarder Jamie Lynn, who once rode their boards to victory, picked up where the skeletons left off and took up art duties on the snowboards.
Since then Lib Tech have freed themselves from the shackles of their 80’s jumper roots and gone on to sign themselves a team that makes Jake Burton blush with the ‘Art of Flight’ crew almost exclusively signed to Mervin Manufacturing (Lib Tech’s parent company) or Quicksilver (Mervin Manufacturing’s parent company).
Both Mike and Pete describe their factory as a massive R&D factory with rapid prototyping machines being able to knock up a new design in less than 24 hours. With Magna-Traction and Banana Rocker both patents from Lib Techs office, we’re continually stoked to see what new hair-brained ideas they boys from Washington can come up with.