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David Kirk

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David Kirk last won the day on November 21 2019

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About David Kirk

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    Groomer Grommet

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    http://www.kirkframeworks.com

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  • Location
    Bozeman Montana
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    Bridger Bowl
  • Occupation?
    Bicycle framebuilder
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    Kessler Alpine 185, Rad Air 187 Tanker, Rad Air 200 Tanker
  • Current Boots Used?
    raichle
  • Current bindings and set-up?
    TD 3's
  • Snowboarding since
    1978
  • Hardbooting since
    1982

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  1. These things are flat-out awesome. I've ridden a Tanker 187 as my everyday board for many years and they float awesome and carve better than they have a right to. Mine has held up to plate binding use without issue. Whoever gets this will be smiling. dave
  2. I have one located - so I'm all set. Thanks. dave
  3. I'm looking for a BTS kit with soft springs to fit a Raichle/Deeluxe boot. Anyone out there have some gathering dust? dave
  4. Are you sure that there are inserts under there? It's hard to picture them being put in but then running the top sheet over them. I'd leave them out if I would building the board. dave
  5. I found my new board....thanks for your input. dave
  6. I had a tough season to be honest. It started OK and I got 2 days in in early December and got to try out my new custom Kessler and then I hurt my neck (not riding related) and it pinched a nerve causing severe and debilitating nerve pain down my arm. So I wasn't able to do anything active for 8 weeks aside from ice my neck and go to PT. It finally got good enough for me to ride and I got a few very active weeks in with some awesome carving conditions and then yesterday Bridger and Big Sky closed due to the virus. I typically get in between 50-60 days a season and I think this year it was maybe 12 in total. Next year will be better. dave
  7. I'm looking for an SBX board with a longer radius in a 169 or so length. I'd love to stumble on a Oxess 170 with the 17m radius but other modern SBX boards with a longer radius could work. Anything out there? dave
  8. It feels to me like this all boils down to two things.....desire and the availability of gear. Availability has been much discussed here and it's a tough nut to crack....that said if the desire was there the market would step up and ensure availability. Profit is a great motivator. This leaves desire. What prompts desire for a young person to get into a given activity? I'd like to think that a 15 year old seeing this old man carving would make him/her desire to do the same so badly that they would walk into their local shop to ask about gear, but that's unlikely. The vast majority of people are motivated by peer pressure and image and that's even more so with the young....they want to do what's cool. This means cool young people carving on youtube videos that other young people want to emulate. Watching me from the lift might prompt them to say nice things in the lift line but will it make them buck the trend of their peers? They might even ask how to get into it but will they tell their friends that they are changing gear and won't be following them into the park but instead will be sticking to blue groomers? Not likely. They need to see cool young people on social media carving before they will have enough desire to make the leap. They need a role model....an influencer. There are always a few that buck trends - the individualists. These rare people are more self motivated and may even be interested in bucking trends instead of following them. I'm one of those people and I'll bet many on this forum are the same. The numbers are small and by definition this makes us a fringe element. Only the smallest board builders will bother with this fringe market. There's no financial incentive for the Burtons of the world to bother getting in. What will cause a few young influencers to try hardbooting to make it cool? If I had the answer to this I'd be rich. It's a magic combination of things. I'd like to think that racing would draw people into the sport the same way that so many people watch Mikaela Shiffrin race on TV and then go out and free ski. Race on Sunday - sell on Monday. But that hasn't happened. I personally feel this is because our racing is boring to watch. I love carving, and I love racing of all sorts, but watching PGS is only exciting to a dedicated few. In its current form I don't think it will ever draw the youth in to build a foundation for our sport. Why would a young person choose PGS boarding when they can ski race and emulate their heroes on TV going 75 mph? I obviously don't have the answer to this. I don't know how to get a few young cool influencers to fill social media with carving photos. If I did I'd have retired by now. I don't know how to do it but I do feel I know what needs to be done. Create desire and shops will suddenly have gear in stock....but not until then. Thanks for reading. dave
  9. It would take less time to file or sand the edges than it would to cover it with goop. dave
  10. I love my K168. Best money I ever spent on the sport. dave
  11. I was in high school in 1979. I was a skateboarder through and through. It was nearly all I thought about and most every waking moment was devoted to skating in some way. I saw a small advertisement in the back of a skate magazine for a board that you could ride on the snow - a Burton Board. Living in snowy upstate NY this was an answer to my prayers - I could ride in the winter too it seemed. I called the number and ordered the Burton Backhill and when I got it my life changed. I now identified as much as a snowboarder as I did a skateboarder. One day I called the Burton "factory" in Vermont and asked if I could come and see the place. A guy named Jake took the call and invited me to come out and see the place, spend the night, and do some riding. The Jake I spoke to was Jake Burton Carpenter and he was "Burton Boards." I traveled east and saw the dark, dim and cold two stall garage that was the 'factory' and while it was a bit underwhelming Jake's enthusiasm more than made up for it. We rode twice that weekend and when I was about to leave he offered me a job working for him. I was flattered of course but didn't see myself happily dipping boards into a 55 gallon drum full of polyurethane all day. I turned him down. That may have been a mistake. Time passed and I rode Burtons for many years. Jake wisely saw that there needed to be a non-branded generic name for these things for the sport to grow and he promoted the use of the term 'snowboard' instead of the original 'Burton Board.' I saw Jake a number of times over the years but it would be an overstatement to say that I knew him. I knew of him, but I didn't know him. The one thing that I was sure of was that his hard work and determination resulted in the sport of snowboarding. He of course didn't do this single handedly but he was arguably the major player in the biz. And this work changed my life for he better. I've been snowboarding consistently every year since 1979. My wife and I moved from NY state to Montana to be in the high mountains and snow and I still manage 40-50 days a season snowboarding. I learned this morning that Jake Burton Carpenter has passed away just recently at the age of 65. If I understand it right he lost his battle with cancer. I can't exaggerate the impact he and his work had on me. I will feel forever in his debt. Thank you Jake Burton for doing what you did and making countless lives more full and happy. Rest in peace. dave
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