Yuki Kadono flying the flag for Ride Snowboards in China. Photo: Sami Touriniemi
With few exceptions, ownership of the big snowboard brands is a murky world. For all the strong marketing, it’s far more likely than not that a company is part of a bigger network of companies, most of which have nothing to do with winter sports at all. If anyone ever comments how your shred gear is made by “a ski brand”, get them to double check the lineage of their own favourite clobber.
K2 and Ride were bought by consumer goods company the Jarden Corporation in 2007, who in turn merged with Newell last year. This put the two of snowboarding’s longest-serving snowboard brands technically under the same umbrella as Sharpie pens, Baby Jogger strollers and Yankee Candles.
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