Personally I have always been fascinated by the history of snowboarding and its early culture. Growing up I remember always trying to find out more about it but struggling to find any information. Aside from stuff about snowboard legends like Tom Sims, Jake Burton or Terje Haakonsen, I never could find anything interesting. Thankfully in recent years, more information has become available thanks to Vice’s “Powder & Rails” series and Facebook groups like Vintage Snowboard Trader. However the account I find myself checking the most is that of Burton’s Archivist Todd Kohlman.
TK has probably one of the most unique jobs in the snowboard industry. Thanks to Burton, he is in charge of saving, photographing and cataloging everything that has to do with Burton. Recently TK has started an Instagram account (@tkohlman) where he posts old ads, photos and even video clips from his massive archive. If you’re a snowboard nerd or just a little bit interested in the history of snowboarding, I highly suggest following Todd. Here are a few of my favorite posts from his account.
R.I.P. to one of the realest.
I still can’t figure out how Terje managed to do this.
Brushie has the sickest style.
Such an iconic ad.
Proud of it!
I would love to see this full part from Jason Brown. Crazy to think people filmed parts in just two weeks.
Have any accounts you think we should check out? Hit us up below and the Catfish will dive in.