The Bunker Board: Snowboarding’s First?

by The Editors on February 22, 2010

For snowboard collectors there may be nothing more valuable than one of the original Wicklund “bunker” boards. The board, patented in 1939, featured leather straps and a nose cord. Don Burgeson, 67, the son of one of the board’s creator’s tells the the Daily Herald that he’s had one of them around for years.

Gunnar worked with his uncle’s Albin Carlson & Co. construction company, raised his family in Oak Park [Illinois{ and stuck his snowboard invention in the closet. “We just had it and used it,” remembers Don Burgeson, who turns 67 on Wednesday and is retired from the family construction business he sold in 2004. “We just thought, ‘Here’s this thing we had.'”

The authenticity of this footage has been discussed and argued in snowboarding circles since if first surfaced in the Burton Booth at the 2000 SIA Show. And yes, it still looks too modern to be shot in the 30s. . .

[Link: Daily Herald]

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snakewrench February 22, 2010 at 10:55 am

The cane draggin’ is steazy and should make a comeback.

Apeli February 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm
jaf February 23, 2010 at 7:59 am

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