Rafael Pease skinning for Yugen
In episode 10 of the Spark R&D Podcast we chat with Team Rider Rafael Pease about his upcoming splitboard, adventure travel documentary film, Yūgen. This has been a three-year project for Rafa and he has put a tremendous amount of time and energy into it. It was very interesting chatting with him and getting his take on everything to do with the project now that it is complete. He talks about the how the project was formed and then grew, where he went, who he met, his favorite experiences, and some of the challenges. 
tommy delago
In Episode nine of the Spark R&D Podcast, we speak with Tommy Delago one of the co-founders of Nitro Snowboards. Will Ritter, our own founder, joins the conversation we chat with Tommy about the origins of Nitro snowboards and about the first splitboards Nitro produced.
In episode 8 of the Spark R&D Podcast, we chat with Steph Nitsch, the co-owner and founder of the women’s snowboard brand, Pallas Snowboards. Steph is an avid splitboarder and spends a lot of time backcountry, making her a perfect guest for the show. During the podcast, we talk about the origins of Pallas Snowboards, some of her design philosophy, the Jackson Hole Pow Wow, and her passion for getting ladies active in the backcountry.
Episode 7 was recorded in the cozy kitchen of Tom Wilson-North in Chamonix, France. Tom is the manager of the renowned snowboard shop in Chamonix, Zero G. He gives some good insight into the freeride and split scenes in Chamonix, the beginnings of his relationship with Spark R&D, and some of the trends in the
In episode six of the Spark R&D Podcast we spoke with photographer Zach Clanton. Zach spends a ton of time in the backcountry and filled us in on his photography, his affinity for human powered travel, sketchy plane landings, his AK split mission to “Storm Troopers” with Thomas Delfino last winter, and more!
In honor of Manufacturing Day 2017, a day devoted to modern manufacturing and inspiring the next generation of manufacturers, we spoke with Ethan about his role in the manufacturing process here at Spark R&D. In the interview, he discusses how he became an engineer, his role and responsibilities at Spark R&D, and of course, how much he’s looking
An interview with Patrick Shoekel – the founder and lead contributor to the blog splitboarding.eu.
Richard Bothwell, the Executive Director of AIARE (The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education), spoke with us at SIA 2017. We discuss how Richard came to work with AIARE, what AIARE is, and where he sees the organization going in the future.
Becca and Will Ritter, the co-owners of Spark R&D, were nice enough to take some time to chat with us for the podcast. We talked about how Spark R&D began, some highs and lows over the last 10 years, and their hopes for the future.
We had a chance to chat with Spark R&D Ambassador Frankie Devlin. We discuss the Silverton Splitfest, his latest trip to Denali and more, all from from the backyard of Spark R&D owner and founder, Will Ritter.