Burton U.S. Open: 30 years of style
Thirty Years of Style at the U.S. Open
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships, fashion blogger Jace Lipstein, aka the Grungy Gentleman, takes a look at some of the competition's more memorable style moments over the years.
1980s ~ Paul Sundman
No, this is not Tom Cruise. But if Tom were to ever hit the slopes straight off the set of "Risky Business," this is how he would ride. Apparently, we also just discovered who is responsible for the birth of skinny jeans.
1988 ~ Andy Coghlan
Four-time U.S. Open champ Andy Coghlan was an early-adopter of the "raise the roof" phenomenon. And who's happier about it? Dog (Coghlan's nickname) or the pastel filmer bro behind him?
1988 ~ Bright Is Right
In a stunning fluorescent number, this gentleman (Terry Kidwell, Bert Lamar and Craig Kelly were the top three in '88) channeled his inner Richard Simmons at the Open's first halfpipe event. Complete with neon headband, this slope-style moment is classic.
1980s ~ Hike To The Top
Suspenders and a trucker hat as a combo never looked so great. This demonstrates a slope-style strategy. Select one color and own it like these guys.
1980s ~ Spandex Makes It Faster
Admit it: You kind of wish you were this rider at this moment in time. Total control under pressure, bonus points for the Derek Zoolander expression under the thick Vermont beard. We want to rescore his run and up his point total ASAP.
1980s ~ Todd VanBelkum
Spandex will make me faster. Spandex will make me faster. Spandex will make me faster. VanBelkum, an early style pioneer, also had a mean method.
1980s ~ Classic
This was the Who's Who of snowboarding "back in the day." Sometimes, all you need in life are frames, a solid mustache, good friends and a Performer Elite -- the board of choice for the Open in the '80s.
Which is a bigger victory? Taking home hardware at the U.S. Open or pulling off Coolio's hairstyle? For Craig Kelly and skateboarder-turned-snowboarder Bert Lamar (First and second place, respectively, in the '89 pipe event), style was everything.
Early 1990s ~ Big Pants, Wide(r) Stance
Upgraded technology and tweaks to shape, sidecut and symmetry in the '90s allowed riders to up the ante with style and new tricks. The blossoming of personalities as the sport evolved is a leading reason for why it has grown.
1990s ~ Follow The Leader
And the leader says march to the beat of your own drum. So when all your buddies are rocking beanies, rock a snap-back hat like the rider featured in the center of this shot.
Hey, I Know That Guy
Shaun White apparently had the "it factor" at an early age.
Two-time U.S. Open winner Kazu Kokubo might be one of the only people who can get away with beige on beige.
2000s ~ Looks Good In Green
Winning money never goes out of style.