Todd Van Belkum (Grand Rapids, MI)
during the 80's, prior to modern parks and twin boards there was racing. todd turned pro in 1984, competed in the us open, throughout north america, and even the all-japan national championships. TODD eventually EARNED A #3 RANKING oN THE WORLD CUP SNOWBOARDING CIRCUT IN 1988. during this time he caught the eye of jake burton who offered a sponsorship. impressed with his off hill skills as well, jake offered him a job at the head office in burlington, vt. todd went on to becoem a National Dealer Sales Manager at Burton. todd remains a west side michigander to this day.
morgan lafonte (boyne falls, MI)
Originally from northern Michigan, and now back in northern Michigan, Morgan Lafante grew up flipping off the top of the cheboygan, mi lighthouse, back flipping the mackinac island ferry dock, and sail surfing freighter wake in the straights of mackinac.
her hiatus out west began with a duffle bag, $400 and a bus ticket to colorado. it led her to become the national and world extreme female snowbaording world champion where she became the top female rider on the planet during the 90’s. the first female ever to nail a double back flip. she pioneered big mountain riding in alaska... alongside the best men in the sport.
morgan has jumped out of choppers, tumbled down pitches most would pass on, been swept down avalanche chutes, fallen off broken cornices, and wrapped herself around trees. in comps she went all out - taking either first or last.
She was sponsored by K2, Roxy, oakley, quicksilver, arbor, dakine, arcteryx and hele-hanson. she appeared in adds and commercials for mountain dew and minuite maid. Her snowboard film resume is too lengthy to list. feature articles on morgan appeared in harper's and vogue. and nbc dateline featured her in a segment on adrenaline junkies. There's a legendary video on Utube involving a cowboy hat which likely had many boys of that era in awe. As an X-Games competitor, Morgan along with 7 other legends of the sport, were featured in ESPN’s EA Sports 1998 digital game “XGAMES PRO BOARDER”. in short, morgan accomplished all that snowboarding to offer.
terry peirson (?)
jeff frazier (?)
pro rider for joyride...
Chris Forrest (??, MI)
Sponsored by Burton, US Open Slalom Champion 198?
Hunter North -
pro rider for Kemper
Jake Vedder (pinkney, MI)
From Pinkney, MI and Mt. Brighton, Jake has been racing snowboards since age 8. He is currently on the US Snowboarding SBX Development Team. with strong finishes on the rev tour, fis junior world championships, canadian junior championships, 2016 was a breakout year for young Jake winning multiple Nor-Am podiums, and Gold at the Youth Olympic Games. Jakes dad Rob built the first ever indoor electronic SBX starting gate with down ramp, rollers and an m-snow run out, measuring pull strength and initial quickness, they conduct training sessions on and off the hill for aspiring local SBX kids.
Todd De Koker - born in royal oak. pro rider... more info soon