Latest News: First
on Board RELEASES King of the Mountain
Videos. See the VIDEOS HERE!
RELEASE DATE FOR KING OF THE MOUNTAIN IS MARCH 2008!
The true life story of Richard
Christiansen has taken an amazing and adventurous path. Richard, a California
surf bum, moved inland to the outdoor oriented and athletically enthusiastic
college town of Boulder, Colorado in 1979. It was in his loneliness and
longing for the surf style and beach atmosphere that he opened his own
surf shop. A budding entrepreneur, he decided to open up a surf shop,
a thousand miles form the nearest ocean. He faced discouraging attitudes
from other local business owners, but the surf shop was embraced by the
carefree temperaments of the students in Boulder who welcomed the styles
and attitudes of the Pacific shores.
was located on the corner of 13th and College, adjacent to the
University of Colorado campus. The shop carried surf boards, sex
wax, board shorts, surfer magazines, and other surfing gear. The
shop was a huge success, and they were very instrumental in sport
promotion including, sponsoring teams for skateboarding and BMX
trick riding, as well as a variety of other activities.
While becoming acquainted with the "in-land"
surfer crowd, Richard mingled with the local skateboarders and
became introduced to a sport he had never heard of before - snowboarding.
At this time, snowboarders were banned from every slope imaginable.
Richard found snowboarding incredibly exciting, and was entertained
in its potential.
Pacific Shores ~ 13th and College, Boulder,
During this time, skateboard contests
were frequent, however his customers started looking for something
extra as a winter sport. Skateboarders started showing up with
crudely manufactured, and in some cases home made, "snowboards".
He thought that a contest would help the fledgling sport.
In 1981, Richard Christiansen made the
unthinkable possible as he organized and produced the FIRST EVER
snowboarding contest. Since snowboarding was seen as a joke and
an invitation for trouble, Richard and the contest were shunned
from virtually every mountain in Colorado. Finally, a small ski
area in Leadville Colorado called Ski Cooper accepted this event
and became the first to allow snowboarders on their slopes. The
contest was named "King of the Mountain," and welcomed
some of the most influential people in the sport, Jake Burton
and Tom Sims. The contest was a huge success.
Jake Burton, Ski Cooper,
Richard then went on to produce action sport videos.
The most well known documented the first snowboarding contest
in history. The video is fittingly called "'Snowboarding's
Holy Grail". This vintage footage captures the personalities
and the beginning of what became a mainstream sport. No longer
are snowboarders banned from the lift lines at "ski"
resorts. Richard Christiansen, a man who brought the Pacific Ocean
to the college streets of Boulder, Colorado also helped bring
the excitement and thrills of snowboarding to the entire world.
After 25 years plus, Richard is still
going strong. First On Board has produced not only a feature DVD
about that first snowboard contest, but also "Curb Dogs"
volume one and two have been remastered and released on DVD with
bonus features not available on the original VHS format. Additionally,
this past summer has seen the release of Richard's latest release,
"Skateboardings Crown Jewel" which contains 1979 Hester
Series contest footage from the Hi Roller Skatepark, in Boulder
D David Morin and Duane Peters, Boulder, Colorado
On this site you will find information
about First On Board Products as well as projects that are in the
works. If you have "Old School" footage of skateboarding,
snow boarding, or BMX, or, if you participated in any of the events
described here, we want to hear from you!
Please go to the contact page and drop
us a line. If we like what you have, we may be able to include
it in future projects.
We at First On Board know
you'll enjoy watching our programs!
Boulder, Colorado 1980
Jake Burton founder of Burton Snowboard CO with Richard
Christiansen founder of the first snowboard competition
Jake Burton and Richard Christansen