The resurrection of Compatriot Snowboards
15 Oct, 2009
Despite the down economy, the underdog companies in snowboarding certainly have the upper hand and are finding themselves in positions to bring back companies or launch new companies. The heartbeats of these companies lie in the mountains and it’s only a matter of time before they start beating again. Compatriot Snowboards began in 2002 with a focus on handcrafting freeride/big mountain freestyle boards and is now re-launching the brand after some downtime. For 2009-2010 they will be offering a limited run of high-end boards built in the United States.
“It certainly seems like the right time for this brand to resurface,” says new Owner and Sales Manager Rick Hansen, “Retailers are still looking for unsullied brands that can offer something unique and meaningful to their core consumer, and many of our customers are still riding the product Compatriot built for them 2 or 3 seasons ago. That’s not only a testament to the durability of the snowboards themselves, but also to the longevity of our cultural mission.”
The announcement of their pro team is still on the way and the launch of their website is coming up but here’s a sneak peak to their board lineup they have in store for 09-10 including the Brunch Tray with Skunk Rocker.
2009-2010 Compatriot Board lineup
2009-2010 Compatriot Snowboard Features
I’m certainly excited to see these backs come back to the surface of snowboarding and to see their giving back program come back with strong convictions behind these boards. Until then it’s counting down till all the Compatriot information is out and the boards make their way back into riders hands.