Snowboard pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter dead at 65 – Burlington Free Press

Jake Burton Carpenter turned what had been a niche recreational toy known as the Snurfer into a booming outdoor recreational industry – snowboarding. He was also a major donor to Vermont Democratic candidates.

"He died Wednesday night in Burlington, Vermont, according to an email sent to the staff of the company he founded. Carpenter had emailed his staff this month saying, “You will not believe this, but my cancer has come back.” He had been diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011 but after several months of therapy had been given a clean bill of health.


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