HBO will air a documentary in November about Jake Burton Carpenter, the late Vermont winter-sports pioneer credited with turning snowboarding into a worldwide phenomenon.

“Dear Rider, the Jake Burton Story” debuts at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.


According to a news release from HBO, the documentary features interviews with Carpenter’s family, friends and fellow snowboarders, including Shaun White and Kelly Clark, who trained at Mount Snow Academy in Vermont. Actor Woody Harrelson, a friend of Carpenter’s, narrates passages interspersed throughout the film.

Carpenter died in 2019 of complications from testicular cancer.

Jake Burton Carpenter seen at Stratton Mountain in the 1980s. He was the pioneer of snowboarding and took his prototypes to Stratton’s vice president of operations who had ski patrol take them for a spin. In 1983, Stratton became the first major resort to welcome snowboarding.

“Carpenter was not the inventor of the snowboard,” according to a Burlington Free Press article published upon his death, “but 12 years after Sherman Poppen tied together a pair of skis with a rope to create what was then called a ‘Snurfer,’ the 23-year-old entrepreneur, then known only as Jake Burton, quit his job in Manhattan, moved back to Vermont and went about dreaming of how far a snowboard might take him.”

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