Despite the brisk fall temperatures, the weather was clear and perfect with sunshine cascading over the touch-football games, trampolines, pony rides, and the crowd of Burton employees and friends who were all just hanging out.
Dinner was served in the big tent around 6:30, and by 8:00 p.m., the Supersuckers cranked up their rockabilly punk sound in the basement of the barn. The mosh pit got sweaty quickly.
One of the highlights was the kids skateboarding down the tunnel that connects the basement of the house to the basement of the barn. The house basement also doubles as a big game room, with an indoor soccer field, pool table, ping pong table, air hockey table, and a lot of other goodies.
Outside the barn, people played hoops and skated on the ramp. At one point, and I don’t know why (but maybe the endless free beer helped), I decided to drop into the ramp on a kids’ big wheel. The wipeout was a classic crowd-pleaser.
A good grip of Burton teamriders showed up for the party as well, including Ross Powers, Trevor Andrew, and Terje himself. Someone popped in a video of the new Dog Town movie, and the crowd in the upstairs of the barn was riveted to that for a good while.
As you would expect, the late-night antics got pretty funny, with a fair share of breast exposure, drunkenness, and other things that should go unmentioned to protect the involved parties. But as usual, Jake and Donna delivered a classic party and with a generosity and giving that is unsurpassed in the snowboard industry. Maybe that’s why I’ve already booked my ticket back for next year’s!