Rome SDS was founded by Josh Reid and Paul Maravetz who wanted to start their own snowboard company with the aim of improving on the mediocre stuff other companies were releasing at the time.
Reed and Maravetz had worked together at Burton and left when they realised they wanted to go it alone. From the beginning Rome had an anti-establishment attitude as they felt that the snowboard industry was focusing too much on the Olympics and had stopped caring about snowboarding.
In 2001 Rome SDS was born and since then has helped define the core values of snowboarding counter culture. Unlike other brands, Rome isn’t owned by a ski company, snowboarding is their only focus and they embrace the renegades, dirtbags and true characters that make snowboarding what it is today.
On their team they have the likes of Laurent-Nicolas Paquin, Stale Sandbech and Bjorn Leines riding their product and putting it through its paces. Their UK team is made up of similar larger than life shred heads such as Angus Leith and Scott Penman. Two snowboarders who party as hard as they ride in their own unique go big or go home style. Out of all the pro snowboard teams, the Rome team are one you would definitely want to have a beer with. Their 2013, 12 months series of web videos has shown the world that the Rome lifestyle is damn good fun.
Boards such as the Agent and the Artifact have gone down in history as being iconic boards and year after year they never fail to disappoint riders due to their technical, durable construction and awesome graphics.