In the mid ’80s Mervin Manufacturing’s Mike Olson and Pete Saari were some of the first board makers to move away from using fins to turn and introduce camber and metal edges, helping to define the modern snowboard. They’ve been making boards for a long time so it’s no surprise that they also have the longest running pro model in snowboarding’s history with Matt Cummins. To celebrate the 25th year of Matt’s pro model Lib Tech produced this short documentary.
Here’s what Lib Tech and Jamie Lynn have to say about Matt and the legacy of his board.
[Matt] has used this opportunity to continually push snowboard designs from the earliest skate influenced twin tip MC Kink to today’s powder hungry Nootka. His designs, priorities and style forever changed the sport and paved the way for generations of pros. We are proud to celebrate Matt’s 25 years with Mervin Manufacturing and the Lib Tech brand. This video is just a taste of the legacy of Matt and the Cummins family!
“His board was a ground breaking concept,” says Jamie Lynn. “It spearheaded twin tip freestyle snowboarding, it created a genre. To have that kind of a brick in the foundation of snowboarding is truly a special thing. Matt deserves and is owed every ounce of that brick and it’s a big one. Matt and what he stood for and the way he rode and why he rode Lib Tech made me want to ride and be a part of what he stood for as well. Throughout the years having him build such a legacy with his board, he packaged all that awesomeness up, put a nice little bow on it and handed it right off to me and for that I can’t thank him enough. I owe him everything. What I’ve been able to achieve in my career came from Matt Cummins. I don’t think he get’s enough credit, so this is the opportunity, Matt, thank you so much brother.”