boarding in Alaska


My name is Jason Borgstede. I grew up in Oxnard California until my mom go remarried and moved us to Alaska for the start of 8th grade. After spending a year on the sledding hill I saw a commercial for G&B (the local skate/snow shop at the time) that showed snowboarding. I thought that looked like the coolest thing I had ever seen. I ponied up $25 and went halves with my mom on a $50 blacksnow board with no metal edges. At that point sledding was a thing of the past. It was pure snowboarding and skateboarding for me from that point on.

Eventually this all led to getting sponsored by Boarderline Snowboard Shop then Burton Snowboards and “living the dream” ensued. I moved to Tahoe in the winters and came back to work at Boarderline in the summers. After some good results I got a travel budget and worked my way into some bigger contests. By 1998 I had won the US Open Big Air and the X-Games Big Air contests. After that, Burton finally found some money for me and I could afford to quit working at the shop during the summers.

I had a great run in pro snowboarding. I got to see and ride a lot of amazing places and meet some great people. Most importantly I got to do what I loved for 10 years. I couldn’t have asked for a better life than that. And all along that journey snowboarding, skateboarding, and Alaska have permanently barricaded themselves into my heart. I live, breathe and bleed snowboarding, skateboarding, and Alaska.

Now I find myself back in AK, still skating and snowboarding as much as I can. So I figured that perhaps I can share my love, concern, and thoughts about these passions through this blog. I hope you find it entertaining, informative, and thought provoking. If not then maybe you should go back to Pinterest.



3 responses

  1. briansenta

    Hey man, good to see some homages to all the great AK skaters and boarders! You might also like this vid – it has some pretty sick AK skaters and references Boarderline Skate & Snow in the credits.

    February 15, 2018 at 10:01 am

  2. Kelly Borgstede

    Ummmm I love Pinterest ❤ and your writing.

    December 7, 2019 at 11:25 pm

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