Gray Thompson joins Holden’s Band of Explorers for winter 2016

You might know Gray Thompson from, “Hot Boy’n,” with the Warp Wave crew, or perhaps it’s from his role in United Shapes Snowboards. Either way one thing is for sure, if you aren’t familiar with Gray, Hot Boy’n, or United Shapes, it is due time you climb out from under your rock and become acquainted.

Gray Thompson is the ultimate soul surfer, and we don’t say that lightly. Based out of the Sierra Mountains, it is far more likely you’ll find Gray out in the backcountry then at the resort. Few parallel his dedication to the mountains and snowboarding, and Gray lends new truth to the phrase “earn your turns.” For Gray, it isn’t just the way down that matters, but the true experience of the outdoors. From lacing up his boots, to skinning out to that distant peak, and back to camp to settle down around the fire before crawling back in his tent, Gray lives for the full experience.

His riding exudes a timeless style. His turns are recognizable as his, and in today’s homogenous world of triple corks, that’s really saying something. Gray was once a competition kid but he found early on that that just wasn’t cutting it for him, and boy are we glad. Watching Gray ride is a reminder of the true beauty of a carve, and of the reason why we fell in love with snowboarding to begin with.

Congratulations on joining an epic team of riders on the Holden team, Gray. We are really excited to see what this coming season brings.

Keep an eye out for Gray in the upcoming Warp Wave film, Aurora Boardealis

Check out the United Shapes Cadet snowboard designed by Gray and available in male and female models.

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Official release from Holden:

VENICE BEACH, CA (October 13, 2016) – Holden is proud to announce the addition of Gray Thompson to its team of Explorers.

Gray commented, “I am so happy to have connected with a brand that shares my passion for this entire outdoor lifestyle, and of course snowboarding. I couldn’t be more excited to contribute to Holden’s history.” He went on to say, “My interests are pretty broad; besides my active pursuits, I also love film-making, and developing technical, eco-friendlier garments. I am excited to contribute and co-create with Holden across many levels.”

“We are so happy to have Gray represent us as an Explorer due to his great vibes, style and love of life,” added Holden co-founder Mike LeBlanc. “Gray is a one of those multi-talented cats that just gets it. You can see it in his style during a multitude of outdoor pursuits, in his filmmaking, and in his everyday life. We intend to give him a diverse platform to explore and grow his talents and interests.”

Gray is currently bunkered away awaiting winter while finishing touches on Warp Wave’s “Aurora Boardealis” film, releasing October 2016. For more info on that, visit His other sponsors include United Shapes & Arcade Belt Co.

Gray joins the current roster, which includes the likes of Fredi Kalbermatten, Brendan Gerard, Cale Zima, Gus Engle, Mikey LeBlanc and Chad Otterstrom, among others.


Based in Venice Beach, CA and founded by renowned professional snowboarder Mikey LeBlanc and designer Scott Zergebel, Holden grew out of a desire to bring current fashion to the mountains. Holden’s products are the expression of our pursuit to deliver Timeless Quality™ garments; Market-leading style combined with cutting edge function, eco-friendlier options, and our celebration of everyone’s individuality where we say, “Thank you for being you.”

Holden outerwear is a widely recognized leader in style trends, fabric and technical innovations, and environmentally committed outerwear. From inception, Holden has sought a singular goal: creating products that make people happier and healthier in the pursuit of a “Life well led.” For more information, visit our website at:


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