HBO Sports Documentary Dear Rider Debuts November 9, 2021

The film will showcase an intimate portrait of snowboarding pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter


DEAR RIDER, an inspiring feature documentary from Red Bull Media House and Emmy-winning director Fernando Villena, is a celebration of the life and vision of Jake Burton Carpenter (1954-2019), the pioneer who propelled the sport of snowboarding into a global and cultural phenomenon. The film debuts Tuesday, November 9, 2021 (9:00 – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

The intimate and revealing documentary features interviews with Jake’s family, friends, and fellow snowboarders, including action sports icons Mark McMorris, Shaun White, and Kelly Clark, as well as a wealth of archival material and home movies. DEAR RIDER pays homage to Jake’s beloved and loyal riders, the audience he faithfully addressed every year for decades on the first page of his snowboard company’s catalogs. Acclaimed actor Woody Harrelson, a close friend of Jake’s, narrates catalog passages interspersed throughout the film.

Inspired by the Snurfer, a surfboard-styled strip of wood, Jake created his first snowboard in 1977 as an inexpensive alternative to skiing. From there, he developed increasingly versatile boards while encouraging ski resorts, sponsors, and world-class athletes to take up what the media dubbed “the worst new sport.” By the late 1990s, Jake’s vision had catapulted the punk-infused culture of snowboarding into the mainstream and onto the world stage—the Olympics.

But as Jake and his eponymous company, Burton, thrived in the new century, the entrepreneur battled two very serious health problems: Miller Fisher Syndrome, a rare nerve disorder, as well as cancer, which ultimately claimed his life in 2019. Today, Jake’s memory lives on throughout the snowboarding community, and his wife Donna Carpenter remains at the helm of the family-owned business. 

DEAR RIDER is a Red Bull Media House production, directed by Fernando Villena; produced by Ben Bryan and Clark Fyans; edited by Rose Corr and Fernando Villena. For HBO: executive producer, Bentley Weiner; coordinating producer, Abtin Motia.

Comments

Up Next

October 18, 2021

Roxy Becomes the First Brand Partner of Save A Brain

Big things are in the works with the new partnership.

October 13, 2021

US Senator from Oregon Hates Long Lift Lines, Too

“…a two-tiered system of access to public lands based on financial ability is antithetical to equity in the outdoors,...

October 12, 2021

Burton Announces New Snowboard Event Series: The Burton Mystery Series

Burlington, VT (October 12, 2021) –  Burton is excited to announce the Burton Mystery Series – a bold new...

October 8, 2021

Introducing the 2021-22 Collection from Rome Snowboards

We're all ways down for the SDS.

October 8, 2021

Take the Rake Will Bring Female Park Builders Together at Trollhaugen this December

The first-ever event of its kind celebrates women diggers who will build an early-season park for all humans.

October 7, 2021

The Mountains are Calling–Put Your Seat in its Upright Position and Prepare to Go Boarding

One pass–unlocking access to over 45 destinations around the globe.

September 27, 2021

Vans Partners With PUBLIC Snowboards to Put the Rider-Owned Brand’s Spin on Vans Hi-Standard OG

The Vans x PUBLIC Hi-Standard OG is available beginning Oct. 7, 2021.

September 23, 2021

Rockies Resorts Scrap Fall Equinox, Decide Winter is a Go

Winterpark, Big Sky, and Sunshine Village get the first signs of the season.

September 20, 2021

The Road to the 2022 Olympics Has Begun…Sort Of

US Ski and Snowboard has announced the qualifying stops for Beijing.