As the snowboard world turns

Big mountain line slayer Jeremy Jones announced his resignation from Rossignol yesterday on his blog.

As of today I am no longer working with Rossignol Snowboards. It has been an amazing experience and I want to thank everyone at the company for supporting me the last 19 years. You always gave me the freedom to do what I wanted with my snowboarding. Off the hill I learned a ton about how to develop snowboards from the start all the way to the snowboard shop. This has been my college education.

I want to give a special thanks to Francois Goulet, the North American President. He was pivitol in helping me get Protect Our Winters of the ground and always supported my ideas. It has been an amazing learning experience watching him lead the company.

I have so many great memories from my time with Rossignol and I wish them the best of luck in the future. Hope to see you all in the mountains.

No huge surprise IMO given the way the industry has been going given the current economy, as I’ve got to believe a non-Xgames competing pro costs more than he brings in from an ROI perspective. However, more interesting was this comment Jeremy left in the comments

Stay tuned guys..it will make sense in a few days.

Thanks for the support!

Hmm….we know he’s been on a self-powered kick lately, and Rossi never produced a factory split – all of Jeremy’s splits were done by Monk over at Down the Middle. We also know he spent a substantial amount of time with Travis Rice in the BC this year. Could this be a precursor to the oft-rumored and much anticipated Lib factory split? Only time will tell… (though the Vegas odds are on Nidecker)

In the mean time check this vid from early last season as Mr. Jones hits a slightly rough line.

UPDATE: Looks like the Nidecker rumor is now official.

Coming soon as an OEM option?

Coming soon as an OEM option?

8 comments to As the snowboard world turns

  • for the record – I never had the opportunity to make a splitboard for Jeremy. I’m not sure how that rumor got started, but it’s not true. It’s not that I wouldn’t have REALLY LIKED too; but our paths never crossed.

    cheers,
    brian

    thanks for thinking of me though :)

  • bigdood

    Ahh, no joke. I’d actually never heard you say it yourself, and saw no pics on your site, but I think I heard on TGR or something that you had done it and just assumed the brobrahs there would know before me! Thanks for clearing it up, and keep up the good work

  • PUNKY

    So who did make JJs splits if you didn’t?

    What about him heading to Winterstick with Tom Burt? I’m thinking Lib would require him to go to an entire Quiksilver package.

  • I’m not sure who made up his splits – I assumed he made them up himself in his garage. But that’s entirely unsubstantiated.

  • bigdood

    PUNKY – Yeah, I hear you on the Quik thing. I’m actually assuming the Lib thing I threw out is pie in the sky given that Rossi and Lib are both under the Quik umbrella. I know a lot of my friends have been cut from Quik, both on the sponsored side and the employee side, so not sure Lib would even have the budget for a non-competing pro

  • bigdood – as far as I understand it, Rossi was sold by quicksilver to Chartreuse & Mont Blanc in 2008. But your right that it’s definitely a tough market for boardmakers and therefore really tough on the kids sponserships (especially non-competition). Unfortunate, because I get SO much more enjoyment out of watching big-mountain powder than backflips on hardpack.

    I hope for the best for jeremy and I’m willing to bet he has a good plan to be set in motion shortly!

  • bigdood

    Now that you mention it I think I read something about that – they bought Rossi for something like $800mm and sold it for substantially less (another excellent ski industry investment…)

    I’m with you on the big mountain stuff over the park and pipe stuff. Spinnyflippy all looks the same to me, would rather watch big mountain, pow and couloir stuff!

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