Dave Downing has been positively influencing the snowboarding industry for over 30 years. Growing up in Southern California, he was an avid surfer who started snowboarding in 1990. Dave’s love for action sports led him to work with like-minded people at ET Surf Shop, a thriving Surf/Skate/Snowboard shop in Hermosa Beach. The local Burton rep hired him in 1991. He continued as a Burton rep for 3 years fully immersed in the sport. A series of fortunate events gave Dave the opportunity to become an international team rider for Burton in the mid 90’s. As a Burton pro rider, he filmed for many movie parts with Standard Films and Mackdawg Productions. At the same time, he was very involved in product design and development with the company. Some of the product designs that Dave heavily influenced included: the Burton Custom Snowboard series, splitboards, boots, bindings, and AK outerwear.
Dave currently works for Burton with the North America sales and marketing team. He enjoys time on the snow with his wife Shannon Dunn-Downing, America’s first Olympic Snowboarding Medalist, and their two teenage boys.