Hailing from the Western shores of the USA, Ride Snowboards was initially a project for Roger Madison to keep him busy in the winter when the sales of his indoor tanning machines dropped. He teamed up with James Salter who had headed up Kemper snowboards till a few years previous with another Ride founder – Tim Pogue.
They launched their new brand at the SIA show in 1993 with a mini-ramp and a couple of hundred litres of beer, and needless to say, their order books were full from then…
For the 1994 season, the Ride team decided to launch their own apparel brand – Cappel, making them an up-and-coming triple threat in the snowboard market. They later absorbed this into their own clothing line but are now only offering accessories on top of the hardware.
Going from strength to strength like some sort of snowboard Tarzan, they purchased a snowboard production factory in 1995 to bring the company entirely in-house. They could afford to splash out bearing in mind they had floated themselves on the stock market the year before. In a matter of months, their shares went from $2 to $35 but the boom couldn’t last…
The crunch in the snowboard market hit in the late 90s and it took Ride a while to recover, but they remain a heavyweight on the scene to this day. With a diverse team with a bunch of quality rippers: from street riders like Jill Perkins and Spencer Schubert to big mountain freestyle boss Jake Blauvelt and the all-round skills of Hana Beaman, they’ll stand the test of time for years to come.
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