Burton Air 1992

Vintage Snowboards Recycled Into Skateboards

German artist and graphic designer Johannes Raffael Leal de Carvalho Guerreiro started something super unique when he decided to build cruiser and longboard skateboard decks out of vintage snowboards. The bright colors and geometric designs reflect the vibrant culture of snoboardings past. With branded reminders from companies like Burton, Sims and Kemper, it’s cool to think these skateboards once had an entirely different yet similar purpose.

Vintage snowboards seem to be more and more popular as each week passes. More frequently Pro’s and am’s are getting back on old school boards to get a feel for what it was like to shred in the golden days of snowboarding, like the 1992 Craig Kelly Burton Air Extreme that Seth Huot rides in Pat Moore’s Blueprint Episode Six at Baldface (4:00). And collectors are scrambling to pick up 70’s, 80’s and 90’s boards at yard sales around the country. The surge in popularity of vintage snowboards is exemplified by the massive hype over this thirty-one thousand dollar Burton Prototype that sold on eBay last week.

If the idea of cutting up a a vintage snowboard has you cringing, there’s also this awesome company called Reuse Board out of northern Italy that makes skateboards out of any used snowboard that looks cool. It’s an awesome way to recycle those really unwanted old boards, and spare the trees a little bit.

Weather you’re into vintage boards as pieces of artwork, relics from the past, time machines to be ridden upon, or material for the manufacture of custom skateboards, one thing can be certain; they’re apart of the history of our culture that’s important, and it’s cool to see people recognizing that.

Here’s a letter from Johannes himself about his boards and his vision:

During many years I kept two BURTON snowboards hidden in the attic of my parents' house. I found them in 1999 thrown in some street trash and I was aware that any of my newer boards were technically much better than these old school boards.

On the other hand they were also a dear reminder of my early days of snowboarding. Those were times when a snowboard was still considered by skiers a quite exotic piece of sports equipment. And snowboarders were simply tolerated instead of being welcome by lift staff…

Our sports and sports materials are strongly determined by technical standards — that's also the case with snowboarding. Today's snowboards are high-tech products. For this reason, today the vast majority of snowboards produced in the decade of 1985-1995 can obviously no more trigger a driving excitement – except when they are appreciated as oldtimers. But why not bringing back this boards closer and more meaningful in our everyday lives?

The technical suitability for the use of a snowboard as City Cruiser or Mini Cruiser is absolutely ideal. A high quality wood-core, top and bottom surfaces protected by a hard plastic laminate, as well as partial aluminum reinforcements, provide an ideal flexibility.

In many cases, City Cruisers and Mini Cruisers can be cut from large boards. This way, the exclusive board designs can be kept intact as much as possible. An essential feature of this product idea is the application of a transparent grip layer of glass granulate to the top surface.

I wish that snowboard fans may enjoy browsing in my boards – because each of them is a unique specimen! (And it would be great if somebody would rediscover his own model here, used in the past…)

You can buy ready-to-drive boards or may order the setting up of a deck of your choice. Contact me through: jg@visualoverkill.de

Checkout more boards at Johannes Raphael’s collection here.

And checkout more vintage snowboard hype here.