Burton closing its Vermont board factory

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While perusing online publication Plastics News  (you mean you don’t read it??) I found a report that Burton Snowboards is moving producton of its premium snowboards from the US to Austria.

The company is shutting the Burton Manufacturing Center in South Burlington, Vermont in June and moving production to Austria – where it has been making boards for 25 years.

Adidas announces winner of Olympic eyewear competition

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Adidas recently held a competition to find a design for the goggles that will be worn by British adidas eyewear sponsored athletes at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Young designers were invited to send in their creations based on the new iD2 goggle to the Talenthouse contest – with a tidy $20,000 prize fund up for grabs.
Members of the public voted for their favourite designs and adidas bosses got to pick the winner.
They chose the patriotic union flag-inspired design by John Filipe from Portugal.
“It’s a huge honour and a very special moment in my career winning thi

Red Bull looking for the world’s best action photographers

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There are less than six weeks left to get your entries in for the second Red Bull Illume Image Quest.

The contest aims to find the world’s best action sport photographers. You are invited to submit a maximum of five images to one or more of ten categories – culture, playground, energy, spirit, close up, wings, sequence, new creativity, experimental and illumination.

The competition is fierce though – nearly 4000 photos have already been uploaded!

Volcom Wants Your Old Jeans (for a good cause)

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What happens when Volcom Brand Jeans teams up with the National Coalition for the Homeless?

One heck-of-a-catchy-song, that’s what!

The Volcom ‘Give Back’ series is reaching out to the community and asking for jean donations: ripped, repaired, high-waisted 80’s style and the like.  If you have a pair of jeans (or a couple) you don’t need or want, just drop them off at any participating store and you’ll be entered to win a years supply of Volcom Brand Jeans.  And with the New Year well on it’s way, could there be any more incentive to do a little end-of-the-year cleaning?

Behind the scenes of the Roxy winter podcasts with producer Jasmin Willson

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Jasmin Willson has taken on the task of producing this season’s Roxy winter video podcasts. We caught up with to find out how they get put together.

How did you end up taking on the Roxy podcasts?

When the last producer Josie left to take the job as Volcom Girl Team Manager I slipped into it her spot! My boyfriend Gendle is the podcast director/ filmer so we’ve been able to work together over the Winter which has been fun!

What are your main roles in putting them together?

Nikita is Looking for a Band

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Nikita is looking for a few good performers. They’re hosting a happy hour at Leela’s Cafe in downtown Denver during SIA, the big snowsports industry show. Niktia is inviting bands, DJs and performers to submit entries to win a chance to perform during a Nikita Happy Hour January 28-30, 2010.

You’ll get to strut your stuff in front of the whole snowboarding industry…as long as you’re a girl. Let us know if you win, as Powderroom will be checking out all the 2011 goods at SIA.

Here are the contest details.

Job alert: SnowsportGB looking for new CEO

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If you fancy a job in the snow business, an interesting one has come up in Scotland. SnowsportGB (also known as the British Ski & Snowboard Federation) is looking for a new CEO.
The organisation is responsible for the British teams in all the FIS disciplines within its control. It has five full time staff, a turnover of £1.1m per year and 18 performance staff outside the UK.
It’s looking for someone to provide leadership who will act as the co-ordinator between the Board, staff and athletes and be able to manage the organisation’s financial affairs.
The salary is in the region of £40,000 dependent on experience and is based in Ratho, near Edinburgh.

Transfer news: Heikki Sorsa and Laura Hadar get new sponsors

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Onboard magazine are reporting that Heikki Sorsa has left the Burton team and has signed for up and coming brands Weekend Snowboards and Bond Outerwear.
No more details available at the moment but you can find out more about these brands at and
Laura Hadar is also celebrating a new signing – she has joined the Capita team.
“Laura is one of the industry’s most unique and talented snowboarders, " said Capita brand manager Blue Montgomery. " She’s a wild one.