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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. I love my K168. Best money I ever spent on the sport. dave
  2. 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
  3. WAY back in the day I was supported by Rossignol and they gave me handbuilt race room boards. They were the same boards used by their WC team and guys like Jeremy Jones. They were long and stiff and silly fast. I rode those boards for a very long time and loved them. I still have two. A few years back I skeptically bought a Kessler GS board wanting to see what all the fuss was about.....I mean I'd been riding WC boards so how much better can these new fangled boards be? I got a stock Kessler 185 and it took a few days out to really learn it but in very short order is was wonderful. Intuitive, huge edge hold, adjustable line, damp, quiet......etc. I loved it. After riding the Kessler I got on my favorite old Rossi 181 and it was a serious eye opener. It was twitchy, edgy, busy, lacked edge hold, and had only one line it wanted to take and I was along for the ride. It was as good as it got 20 years ago but now it was pretty bad. Times change, tech changes, riding technique changes to match the new gear.....and the level keeps going up. Can I jump on the old Rossi and carve it hard? Yep. But every turn is real work and it's all too easy to go over its limit. This is not the case with the Kessler. Since then I bought one custom Kessler 168 slalom and loved it so much that I bought a second custom 180 GS that I hope to have on the snow in less than a month from now. The Rossi boards are in the basement as a reminder of times past. dave
  4. I was the supervisor of the local snowboard school a bunch of years ago and many of my instructors wanted to try carving on hardboots after seeing me on the hill. Cool. But coming up with gear for them to try it on really held them back. I had a board or two to lend but I'm a big, tall and strong guy and my boards reflect that and the small and light rider would never be able to ride them on the first day out.. But there was a "carving board" that someone left in the school locker room and a few times a year people would take it out. It was a short (159ish?) and wicked soft and would fold up like an accordion if you pushed on it at all. Riders would take it out and come back and say that "carving boards suck" and never try it again. I'll bet a good number of those instructors would have loved it if they could have jumped on modern and appropriate gear....but the one antiquated board they tried sucked so bad that they never tried it again. I get it. dave
  5. I don't think it's either good or bad....it just is. I prefer one over the other for myself that that hardly matters to others that enjoy doing the opposite. It's all good. dave
  6. I bought it new in early 2018 and it's listed as Swiss made on the top sheet. dave
  7. It has the normal 2x4 inserts of course as well as UPM. And yes I'm for sure interested in selling it. dave
  8. My K168 is the go-to board on weekends when I need to take up less space and grow eyes in the back of my head. My K185 is a weekday board when I'm the only one on the hill.....that said it's being replaced by a custom K180 with an adjusted radius and stiffness so the stock K185 will be for sale. dave
  9. A week or two ago I contacted Hansjuerg Kessler to order my second custom from him (my 168 is just so good that I need a GS version) and I look forward to having it arrive next fall. At the same time my lovely and intrepid wife Karin is on a back country ski trip in Iceland. She's a full time ski instructor and guide and her gift to herself after a long winter of caring for others is to go to Iceland and hire a guide and enjoy some of the best back country skiing on the planet. Her guide this year is a gentleman named Dario. Karin and Dario get to talking and Karin tells him that her husband (yours truly) is an alpine snowboarder and Dario asks what brand of board I ride. Karin tells him I ride Kesslers and his face lights up - "I'm friends with Hans Kessler!" Dario explains that Kessler lives in a small village where there are no cars and the only way in/out is via a tram and then he pulled up this video that was made to promote the village. Hansjuerg is featured in the video. So two skiers, on a snowfield in Iceland, talking about alpine snowboarding and husbands and friends. Fun stuff. Dave
  10. The hill is now closed for the season but about 10 days ago we had what ended up to be the last great carving day of the season. I was on a fun blue run called "Thunder Road" when the general manager of the ski area pulled me over. I assumed he was going to complain about the trenches but instead he was asking if I could teach him to carve next season. How cool is that? He then asked me to ride in front of him and he videoed me from behind with his cell phone. It came out better than one would expect. Unfortunately he pulled up right as the trail got steeper and more fun. He told me a few minutes later that he was giggling too hard to continue and if you have the sound up you can hear him lose it at the end. I'm riding a K168 custom here. It's an awesome board and so much fun. dave https://www.facebook.com/david.kirk.142/videos/2282963401765026/
  11. David Kirk

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    I suppose that if you were too look VERY closely at the upper mountain you might see my tracks but that's not the point of the photo. This was taken yesterday at my home mountain Bridger Bowl and I just loved the super white snow and the super blue sky. Montana has it's moments for sure. dave
  12. Cool photo Jack - Our local hill Bridger Bowl does a daily video and I just saw that I made it on a few days ago. This was apparently shot from above with a drone. It's a very steep pitch that requires the rider to get the turn done in a hurry so as not to get going too quickly. Fun stuff. Riding the custom K168. My segment is about 30 seconds in. dave https://youtu.be/GEbAJ28nak0
  13. David Kirk

    Tracks

    Another near perfect morning of carving Bridger Bowl. Empty slopes and firm edgy grooming. This run is directly under the Bridger chair and pretty darn steep and oh so fun when the conditions are good. Four days in a row soaking up the perfect conditions and my legs are telling me all about it. dave
  14. Yes....the answer is yes. dave
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