Vintage Burton Snowboards

Jake Burton Carpenter
Jake Burton Carpenter
We have collected and sold dozens of vintage Burton snowboards over the years.  From the vintage Burton Backhill's and Backyards to the vintage Burton Performer's in the mid 1980's we've seen them all.  Currently we loan out our collection to educational institutions and museums free of charge.  We also have a program for private parties to rent our exhibits.  If you are looking to sell you board we are here to help.  If you are looking to buy click here.     

The Early Days
While there are numerous arguments as to who actually created the first snowboard, not many disagree that it was Jake Burton Carpenter who truly developed and pioneered the sport on a national and global level.  Starting manufacturing in 1977, Jake and his company merely capitalized on the idea of sliding on snow for entertainment.  Many inventors throughout the years have developed versions of the modern day snowboard.  In 1926 Howard J. Ferris patented a stand up sled named the Skeeboggan.  Others followed in his footsteps and most notably Sherman Poppen patented the Snurfer in 1965.  He later partnered with Brunswick (yes the bowling company) to market his product.  They decided to distribute the Snurfers to thousands of hardware stores throughout the country.  While Sherm sold over half a million Snurfers, he never fully realized the Snurfer's true potential.  Had Brunswick distributed Snurfers to sporting goods stores, who knows how snowboarding history would be written.  Believe it or not the Harvard business school used Sherm's Snurfer misfortune to teach what not to do.  

It is said Jake Burton Carpenter was inspired by the Snurfers he rode as a teenager.  Like many innovators Jake never seemed satisfied; always trying to improve on his designs.  All through high school and college he tinkered with his inventions and finally after quitting his job at a Manhattan investment bank in 1977, he got a break that ultimately founded Burton Snowboards; an inheritance from his grandmother of $20,000.  As for the reasons he quit..."I wasn't loving it," he recalled "But I got to talk to the entrepreneurs whose businesses we were selling. I was amazed that they didn't intimidate me. I remember … thinking, 'This isn't any tougher than the lawn-mowing business I started in high school.'" 

Jake, now 23 years old, with his degree in economics and his newly acquired bank roll, moved to Stratton Mountain, Vermont to work nights as a bartender and days on his snowboards.  100+ designs were created from wood and various laminated materials before he settled on a marketable product.  Only problem, it was now summer and no one wanted to buy.  Jake's perseverance is what saved his dream of not only creating a truly superior product, but also inventing the sport in the first place.  

Vintage Burton Snowboard Catalog c. 1979-80.
Vintage Burton Snowboard Catalog c. 1979-80.

The following winter he took a hiatus in Europe to ride the glaciers of Austria.  His head now cleared, he returned with an increased vigor that seemingly never slowed.  He spent the winter season of 1978-79 peddling his product at various trade shows all throughout the country.  Jake recalled, "I was afraid to go to the bathroom, I thought if I did, I might miss my only customer."  Throughout the winter he sold over 300 boards, attributed to his new marketing campaign (which by the way included a 'mail-order' department whose telephone rang in Jake's bedroom).  In the end he was still in the red, spending more money than he was taking in.  Never one to rest Jake took it to the next level and decided to gain product awareness by winning a national Snurfer competition.  After convincing race directors to allow him to use his own board in an 'open division', Jake took the crown and turned the corner for his struggling business.  After seeing Jake dominate the competition not one rider wanted to compete ever again with their $10 Snurfers (sorry Sherm).  

1980's and Beyond
Jake limped along throughout the 1979-80 winter season with just over 700 boards sold.  Although this was double his previous years sales, he was still operating in the red in 1981 with financial losses adding up to $130,000.  Jake was not alone in his struggles to grow the sport and he along with others finally pushed the envelope with advances in technology that spurred the soon to be, fastest growing sport in the country. By 1984 Jake with his newly developed metal edge snowboards broke $1,000,000 in sales finally realizing the profit he deserved.  It is noted to vintage Burton snowboard collectors that Jake changed his name in 1984 from Jake Burton Carpenter to simply Jake Burton to avoid confusion.  

The golden break began at Vermont's Stratton ski resort, who became the first in the country to allow snowboarders to ride its slopes (thanks to Burton's efforts).  Slowly by surly other resorts followed suit.  In 1985, 93% of the ski areas in the U.S. had banned snowboarding, by 1995 over 90% not only allowed it but catered to snowboarders with specific marketing campaigns aimed at gaining their business.

Jake's momentum increased yet again with the opening of a manufacturing plant in Innsbruck Austria in 1985.  From there on out sales rose on an exponential level realizing over 100,000 snowboarders by 1987.    

If you have any questions about vintage Burton snowboards send us an email and we will gladly get back to you.

Vintage Burton Backhill Prototype Snowboard c. 1977
Vintage Burton Backhill Prototype Snowboard c. 1977
Vintage Burton Prototype Snowboard c. 1978
Vintage Burton Prototype Snowboard c. 1978
Vintage Burton Londonderry Snowboard c. 1979
Vintage Burton Londonderry Snowboard c. 1979

 

Vintage Burton Backhill BBI Snowboard c. 1980
Vintage Burton Backhill BBI Snowboard c. 1980
Vintage Burton Backhill Backyard Snowboard c. 1981
Vintage Burton Backhill Backyard Snowboard c. 1981
Vintage Burton Backhill Backyard Snowboard c. 1982
Vintage Burton Backhill Backyard Snowboard c. 1982
Vintage Burton Powdergun Performer Snowboard c. 1983
Vintage Burton Powdergun Performer Snowboard c. 1983
Vintage Burton Performer Snowboard c. 1984
Vintage Burton Performer Snowboard c. 1984
Vintage Burton Performer Elite Snowboard c. 1985
Vintage Burton Performer Elite Snowboard c. 1985
Vintage Burton Cruiser Elite Snowboard c. 1986
Vintage Burton Cruiser Elite Snowboard c. 1986
Vintage Burton Woody 145 Snowboard c. 1987
Vintage Burton Woody 145 Snowboard c. 1987
Vintage Burton Air Safari Snowboard c. 1988
Vintage Burton Air Safari Snowboard c. 1988
Vintage Burton Craig Kelley Mystery Air Snowboard c. 1989
Vintage Burton Craig Kelley Mystery Air Snowboard c. 1989
Vintage Burton Craig Kelley Mystery Air Snowboard c. 1990
Vintage Burton Craig Kelley Mystery Air Snowboard c. 1990
Vintage Burton M Series Snowboard c. 1991
Vintage Burton M Series Snowboard c. 1991

Article by © Vintage Winter


79 Comments

Jeanne Aura
Jeanne Aura

July 04, 2014

I have a 1977 wooden burton board, wondering the value. Is blue with orange rope and metal fin.

zack
zack

July 02, 2014

I have a 1987/1988 burton safari air with rainbow zebra stripes. Its in good condition and has no bindings. How much is it worth?

Ryan O
Ryan O

April 01, 2014

I have a 1989 burton cruise 135. Does anyone have any idea how much it may be worth? I am looking to sell if there is any interest.

Dan Nonnemacher
Dan Nonnemacher

April 01, 2014

Have a Vintage Burton Performer possibly interested in selling. It is registration #C5-8277 and states “Patent Pending”. It unfortunately does not have the bindings. I am the second owner and have had it since about 1989. The underside is in good condition, has been used. E-mail if interested: dnonn@yahoo.com

Lepray
Lepray

March 31, 2014

email: recordec@aol.com

Lepray
Lepray

March 31, 2014

I have a 1987 Burton Woody 145 I would like to sell. No bindings. email if you are interested.

Dick
Dick

March 05, 2014

Have a brand new Burton 1985 elite. Make me an offer.
NO BINDINGS. Dick at Vino5153@yahoo.com I’m in MA.

Mike
Mike

March 03, 2014

I posted this a couple of weeks ago and someone emailed me but I deleted it. Can you e-mail again? Thanks.

Wondering the value range of a 1984 Performer Woody? Bindings are gone-don’t remember what happened to them. Also, can it be restored?
Thanks. mikeblake1@yahoo.com

Posted by MIke on February 20, 2014

Mike
Mike

March 02, 2014

The “almost new” 1985 Burton Performer Elite 150 is for sale. A nicer vintage snowboard will not be found. Bindings are perfect. Top sheet intact, no gouges in edges or base.
Make offer.

Mike
Mike

March 02, 2014

1985 Burton Performer Elite 150
Original owner, ridden twice.
Almost-new condition
(a few light scuffs from being moved house to house
over the last 29 years)
Photos available.

thomas
thomas

February 28, 2014

Hi all,
I learned on a backhill, 1981, and now have three sons i’m teaching to ride. Really love to find one to hang on our wall. any condition considered. Please email me at barndoors@gmail.com
Thanks

rob
rob

February 26, 2014

Looking to buy vintage snowboards the earlier the better. Looking for Burton Backyard, Backhills, BB1, Performers, wintersticks, sims, Libtech and Kemper.

RMS_1276@hotmail.com

garry
garry

February 26, 2014

looking for any early snowboards www.snowboard-museum.ca

Kaye
Kaye

February 26, 2014

Shawn, what’s your email addy? I’ll send pics.

Kaye
Kaye

February 26, 2014

I have a Burton Air Serial #102 102648 in great condition. Wood core. Beautiful board. I brought it in to get the bindings fixed, but a resident snowboard enthusiast told me to save it, clean it and sell it. So what’s it worth? Not sure of the year. Just trying to get some information on it.

Shawn Arlock
Shawn Arlock

February 26, 2014

I am a cash buyer of a old woody Burton Board, in good shape.

MIke
MIke

February 20, 2014

Wondering the value range of a 1984 Performer Woody? Bindings are gone-don’t remember what happened to them. Also, can it be restored?
Thanks. mikeblake1@yahoo.com

G2
G2

February 14, 2014

Noticed a few people looking to sell older boards. I am interested in purchasing old burtons along with others. Hit me up at g2@sweetpromos.com

Mike Welsh
Mike Welsh

February 11, 2014

I have a Burton Backhill board singed “Jake Burton Carpenter” and numbered “28F414” in red ink. Also it is a “goofy foot” board. Right foot in front. What is this board worth, does anyone know?

brian
brian

February 11, 2014

I have a Burton ‘Seven’ board. What’s it worth ?

Rikki
Rikki

February 08, 2014

I have a vintage Burton Jeff Brushie Craps edition willing to see email prettyrikki72@yahoo.com

Jean Mahoney
Jean Mahoney

January 31, 2014

jamahoney@comcast.net, email if you’re interested in an ’89? Burton Cruise snowboard with bindings and size 5 Burton boots. Has been in storage for years.

Bob
Bob

January 31, 2014

Burton woody 135 for sale
my email : homesinnj@hotmail.com
thank you Bob

Bob
Bob

January 31, 2014

I have a Burton Woody 135 for sale. Could someone please give me an estimated value of this board? Also, does anyone knows if someone is interested in purchasing this board? I believe that it is in good condition. We can either text/email a picture if interested. Thank you.

Jean Mahoney
Jean Mahoney

January 31, 2014

I have a Burton Cruise board with original bindings and sizd 5 Burton boots(made in Italy) that I’d like to sell.In very good shape. Has been in storage for 20+/- years. Anyone interested?

alara
alara

January 20, 2014

Hi everyone,
Willing to buy a vintage burton. please email alarabuyukcinar@gmail.com asap
Thanks

garry
garry

January 14, 2014

Dean Hellickson interested in the board as well as any other boards people have to sell I have a collection in Canada going really well locally but would like to expand email garrykeddy@rogers.com or guy654321@msn.com
Gio Manwaring
Gio Manwaring

January 13, 2014

I have a burton elite 150 that I’m trying to sell email me if interested.
It has the original bindings on it.
When i got it someone had written all over it and put stickers on it, I cleaned it up the best i could, but its still in good condition!

David Cohen
David Cohen

January 13, 2014

Dean Hellickson – What is your email address?

Dean Hellickson
Dean Hellickson

January 09, 2014

I have a vintage Burton BB1 I purchased back in 1978/1979 for sale. Please email if interested.

Billy
Billy

January 05, 2014

I have a 1987 cruizer 165 in vg cond with bindings and size 11 boots with the word work on the bottom of the boots. What are they worth ? Thank You.

rob
rob

January 04, 2014

High I am a collector looking of boards. Please email me if you want to sell @ RMS_1276@hotmail.com

Trebor
Trebor

December 24, 2013

I see a lot of inquiries re value, but don’t see any responses…Anyone actually monitoring these comments, and what is the best way to determine value?

antony moore
antony moore

December 20, 2013

Hi i have a very good condition 1982 burton backhill with all original bindings rope etc for sale and was wondering how best to sell it and what it may be worth.i am located in nz but will ship it to the us etc..thanks

Leo
Leo

December 17, 2013

hi everybody, a couple of yrs ago I have purchased a literally brand new unridden elite 150, black yellow and purple..100% deadstock, still in his plastic sleeve…I’m wondering about the real value, anyone can help?

John
John

December 15, 2013

I would like to purchase a 1979 burton snowboard, any idea where i can buy one?

dave liberty
dave liberty

December 10, 2013

how much is 1985 backhill, hand made in vermont, registration # sf-2166 signed by Craig Kelly worth?

adam
adam

December 10, 2013

if you have a 1979 Londonderry BBI or earlier I’m a very motivated collector please contact me

adam
adam

December 10, 2013

if you have a 1979 Londonderry BB! or earlier I’m a very motivated collector please contact me

davy
davy

December 10, 2013

hi
if you sell your vintage board or parts email me please.
davy.declercq@gmail.com

fred t
fred t

December 07, 2013

my 1984 performer, has no registration # and the fins were moved up higher on the board. was this an experimental board and was this done at Burton…..

Matt Kaufman
Matt Kaufman

December 06, 2013

i have a 1985 burton performer elite, in good condition with bindings….just curious as what u think a fair price would be if i were to sell it….please let me know, thanks

Dan
Dan

November 29, 2013

I worked in a sporting goods storeback in the 90’s. I have a 1996 Balance board that was 1 of only 11 made prior to the actual final retail board. The graphic is over the entire top instead of just the lower half. It is stamped as a demo board and my serial number is 1. I have used the board so it has scratches, normal wear and tear. Looking to know if it’s worth anything? Willing to sell.

Jay
Jay

November 27, 2013

I have an older women’s burton board how do I figure out what year it is because I am trying to sell it…if this helps the burton bindings are called stiletto

Joe Becker
Joe Becker

November 21, 2013

I have a 1995 burton iguchi w/bindings condition is good, would like to sell

mike stites
mike stites

November 18, 2013

I have a circa 1982. I am wanting to sell it.

Kurt
Kurt

November 06, 2013

I have an early 90’s Burton Craig Kelly with the scary tree graphic. I think it’s a 165. It also has the original rare high back bindings with a third high ankle buckle. Top sheet is in great shape. Antone interested?

Jen
Jen

November 05, 2013

I have a ’91 or ’92 Kemper snowboard (150) with Kemper bindings. Would anyone be interested?

Brian
Brian

October 30, 2013

I have a burton seven board. it’s unique because it’s not twin tip. it’s gold in color. I cannot find anything like it. Could it be worth anything ?

Drew VanNostran
Drew VanNostran

October 24, 2013

I have a Burton Performer serial number B5-8067 and the original board bag was wondering how much its worth and it is for sale

Dustin Veal
Dustin Veal

October 01, 2013

I have a 1991 burton air some guy at a swap meet brought it to said its upwards of 400$ and i would like to know if that is true or not

Glory
Glory

September 29, 2013

I have a Burton Wood 145. bought it at a ski swap in steamboat springs 25 plus years ago. It’s perfect with original bindings. I never used it but someone before me did some. 287300581 is the number located in top between bindings. How do I know what year it is and or how much it is worth?

malia
malia

September 29, 2013

I have come across a Burton
Performer snow board regerstration number2410q

Shaped by Andy ? And Jake Burton carpenter I believe. Hand made in Vermont USA. Do you know any thing about it and what out might be worth

ton performer

Mk
Mk

September 28, 2013

Hi, I bought a 1988 Burton Cruise 135 at a police auction i’ll like to know what is worth. Thank you.

Matteo
Matteo

September 10, 2013

I would be interested in buying a 2003 burton catalog (guidebook).
Does anybody have one available for sale?
Thanks.

John
John

August 08, 2013

I have a 1982 Burton Backhill with Jake Burton Carpenter’s name and a serila number in red ink. I used it a few times back in the mid 1980’s in Colorado so it has a few scratches on the fin and base. But it’s a rare collectors board for sure. Just like the one Jake is holding at the end of the video. Might even be the same one. Check EBAY for the listing or contact me directly.

Craig
Craig

August 06, 2013

I have a 1987 first edition burton air snowboard only been used twice. Can’t find the bindings though. I see its number 1 on many wanted lists for collectors. What’s it worth and does anyone want to buy it?

Dick Tosi
Dick Tosi

August 04, 2013

I have a 1985 Elite board in mint condition along with an original brochure that I am interested in selling. I have no idea what it is worth. Bindings fell apart and are ng.

jessie
jessie

July 28, 2013

I have a kemper freestyle155 kevlar reinforced I guess from 1990 neon and purple grafix does anyone know some history and value or point in the direction.

jessie
jessie

July 28, 2013

I have a kemper freestyle155 kevlar reinforced I guess from 1990 neon and purple grafix does anyone know some history and value or point in the direction.

Harold Minerd
Harold Minerd

July 16, 2013

I have a mint condition snurfer. Decals read US Official Super Racing Model. Has original rope.I believe it to be a mid 1960’s. I would like to sell it. If anyone interested please email me at minerdharold@yahoo.com and I will send a picture. Or if your just curios about it please let me know because I would appreciate any info too. I don’t know how to date it. Board is in absolute mint condition. Appears to never have been ridden. Thanks guys! Awesome site! I live in Anchorage AK. Darn, I threw out old wooden ski’s and poles. I had no idea people collect this stuff until visiting this site.

jeff patterson
jeff patterson

June 21, 2013

love all the info – seems many looking to see boards as well. Judt read of alex bareiss backhill. I am looking for one, if anyone is selling jeffp@sbcmedia.com

alex bareiss
alex bareiss

June 17, 2013

I have a vintage burton backhill snowboard # u – 2653, shaped by aj. would love to know more about it. it is in great shape and has all the original odd bindings. more like a 2 footed water ski would have. it has been used but very little. thanks, alex

Joshua Creamer
Joshua Creamer

April 22, 2013

I have a 1984 Burton Performer board, I am looking to sell. Email me if you are interested!

Richard Crunkilton
Richard Crunkilton

April 10, 2013

I am looking for a burton factory prime 5.7 or 5.9 asym. in good riding condition. i f anyone knows where to look or someone has to sell please email me.

Bill Hertz
Bill Hertz

April 08, 2013

I have a 1984 Burton Performer in good condition #5853R. It is fully functional and I would like to sell it. It has some normal wear and tear from use in the 80’s but is in good condition. Let me know.

scott
scott

March 19, 2013

I have what i think is a 1984 burton backhill in excellent condition. Email me if interested in purchasing

brett amen
brett amen

January 25, 2013

I have and currenrly ride a 1995 158 flying V burton twin and will until the day i snap it. I would love to get my hands on another. Could u possibly point me in the right direction. Thanks and have a good ride.

Andre
Andre

January 06, 2013

I have a 1984 Burton Performer, curious what the value is?

John Clark
John Clark

December 30, 2012

I have a vintage Burton Powdergun Performer I have had in my garage for years. I have not rode it since the late 80’s. I am interested in finding out what it may be worth. How can I go about getting an estimate of its value? Thanks

Jim Ferrall
Jim Ferrall

December 27, 2012

I purchased my first Burton SnowBoard in 1979 in Madison, WI at Petrie Sports….saved up $65 for it. Took it to Tyrol Ski Basin in Mt Horeb, WI and they would not let me on the hill…they did not know what it was. I ended up learning by taking it to Glenway Golf Course in Madison which had some steeper hills. I just read the story that this exact board in mint condition sold for 11K. WOW….making me feel old that it is considered vintage. I kind of feel like a pioneer knowing I was cruising one of the very first boards!

Laura Kline
Laura Kline

November 19, 2012

I have a 1995 Burton Twin 47. I noticed they have re-released this board. Are the originals worth anything?

Jillian
Jillian

November 14, 2012

I have a vintage board listed on craigslist that is a burton elite 150. I am located near evansvile indiana or owesboro kentucky but might be willing to ship. Look it up under either of these cities and give me a call or email.

Chad
Chad

October 10, 2012

I just came across a Woody, 135 in my attic. It’s in mint condition, and the numbers on it are (387 100479). I’m not selling it, but just curious to see how much it’s worth-i.g., should I hang it up, or throw it back in the attic?
Thanks

Dave rice
Dave rice

September 02, 2012

I have a vintage burton backhill snowboard reg.#479 not sure of the year, signed by shaper bob Novak. I’m interested in selling can it is in good shape swallow tail. Can you tell me the worth and year. Thanks

Fay
Fay

August 24, 2012

I bought a 1984 burton snow bored at a estate sake for 5 bucks, it’s in mint condition it has the bindings everything mint! Can you tell me how much this is worth or a idea of how much it could be worth? Thank you

Jan Harper
Jan Harper

February 14, 2012

Close to mint 1985 Burton Performer
I rode it twice with snowshoes on my back to get back up the hill. Had no fun at all and parked it in my closet. Bindings have fallen apart from bad plastic formula.

Charlie
Charlie

January 02, 2012

I have two boards from the 80s hanging on my wall i am looking to sell, a performer and ill check the other. email me if interested and ill send pics and info along.

Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson

December 30, 2011

Hello, I just came across your site and loved it! I am wondering if you have for sale or know how I could get my hands on an old 1980’s Burton Board?? PLEASE!! I am a huge collector and had a few from the 80’s, my favorite being 1982, the year I was born. But my storage unit was robbed and I lost EVERYTHING I own, my entire life GONE! let alone over $50,000 in STUFF I lost my board and sticker and gear collections. More gear than Shawn White I promise!! And well over 20 boards, some never released some not even released at the time. Like the Method I got the year before it came out. Please let me know if you could help me start over and own my dream again. One of Burtons vintage boards. PLEASE!! I want to be able to hand it down to my daughter!

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