40 Years Later: How the first snowboarding event in 1982 at Woodstock shaped the sport Nov 11

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November 11th at 7:00 pm via Zoom - Free (Donations Appreciated)

Vermont Business Magazine Before the Olympics, before the X Games, and before the U.S. Open, there was the 1982 National Snow Surfing Championship held at Suicide Six in Woodstock, VT. In 1982, Paul Graves launched the first national snowboarding event that would go on to become the longest-running event in snowboarding history. Forty years later, Paul does it again. An entrepreneur at heart and a snowboarding OG, Paul brings us a new event - The OG Invitational. Once again at Suicide Six, the best in the snowboard industry, and many of the original riders from the 1982 event will gather to celebrate the 40th Anniversary this coming February.
 
Paul has gathered his friends, teammates, and OG riders from the 1982 event to sit around the virtual Red Bench to share stories, reminisce, and discuss their hopes for the new event. 
 
David Alert left Indiana and relocated to Woodstock, Vermont in 1981 to train with The Snowboard East Team in preparation for the 1982 National Snow Surfing Championships. He became a top 10 rider in the early ’80s. Today he is a driving force of the reggae scene back home as a promoter and radio show host. 
 
Peter Ross was the evening newscaster at WNNE 31 by night and a secret snowboarder by day. He joined the Snowboard East Team and was a catalyst for media exposure both local and national. His career in media broadcasting has covered over 40 years.
 
As a teenager, Chris Karol was spotted showing exceptional skateboarding skills while upsetting the locals in Hanover, NH. He joined the Snowboard East Team and immediately put those skills to use on a snowboard at the 1982 event in Woodstock. Chris went on to be a successful competitor and captured multiple titles along the way. He’s still involved in the industry today.
 
Tim Reiter is an example of snowboarding’s impact on winter sports. He grew up a passionate snowboarder. Today he is the manager of Suicide Six Ski Area and the host sponsor of The OG Invitational. 
 
Jack Smith is one of the early pioneers of snowboarding, as a rider, designer, A-Team Snowboard founder, and filmmaker. He competed at the original 1982 Nationals and can’t wait to share his stories.
 
Paul Graves discovered sliding on snow in the mid-’60s with a Snurfer and became the first sponsored rider, appearing in the first TV commercial featuring snowboarding for LaBatt Beer in 1979. In 1982 he founded and created the first National Championship in Woodstock, Vermont, exposing the sport to millions of first-time viewers. He gifted the event to Jake Burton and we now know the event as the US Open. He will moderate the Red Bench discussion. 
 
Reserve a free ticket at www.vtssm.org/events to receive a ZOOM invite. Virtual doors to the Museum open and the discussion begins at 7:00 PM. The event is complimentary, but a $10 donation from each guest is encouraged and appreciated. Series sponsors include r.k. Miles, AJ's Ski & Sports, Sisler Builders, and Vermont Ski + Ride.
 
 
The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum thrives by collecting, preserving, and celebrating Vermont's skiing and snowboarding history. The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum is a 501c3 non-profit organization that welcomes visitors from around the world to share, reminisce, and enjoy the collections and their stories. The museum creates visually stimulating and historically in-depth exhibits, along with year-round educational programming and statewide community events.

STOWE, VT www.vtssm.org

Date: 
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 7:00pm