About Pro Standard
As a former pro snowboarder, professional photographer, filmmaker, traveler and long time GoPro evangelist, I’ve boiled down my 35+ years of riding, shooting, traveling, creating and dragging camera equipment around the world to invent mounts and accessories with un-matched multi-functionality and attention to detail, that enable you to get more creative with your GoPro, while carrying less.
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About Ken Achenbach
Starting snowboarding in 1980, days later, Ken opened the first exclusive snowboard store in the world, called "The Snoboard Shop", thinking "Anything this fun is going to be the biggest thing ever". It took a little longer than he thought but he was right. He was 16.
In 1986 along with Neil Daffern, Ken co-invented the Twintip snowboard, the snowboard that all modern snowboards are based upon. Snowboarding was never the same again. Going catskiing in the mid eighties, first heliboarding at Mike Wiegele Heliskiing in 1988, Ken's already semi well known powder hunger developed into a vicious addiction to powder. As a rider, photographer and writer, Ken was instrumental in inspiring the publishers of International Snowboard Magazine and then later the publishers of Transworld Skateboarding to start Transworld Snowboarding Magazine and later doing the same with Surfer Magazine's parent company to start Snowboarder Magazine, supplying inspiration, photos and words to the then fledgling publications.
In 1989 He started the Camp of Champions Snowboard Camp in Whistler so that he would have a place to ride in the summer and where he could invite top pros to teach and inspire the next generation to throw it all away and go snowboarding and as of 1998 throwing it all away to go skiing. During the 2013/2014 season, current and former campers won 10 Olympic medals, sweeping the podium in Men's Slopestyle in both Snowboarding and Skiing at the Olympics, X Games US Open and the AFP Tour, following that up with 7 World Championship titles. The inspiration worked.
In 1992 he invented the baseless binding which Burton evolved into the EST system. Ken also dropped his first video "Nature of The Beast" and a year later his second flick "Free". Writing his column titled, So Anyway... for Transworld Snowboarding at the time, Ken wrote "Keys To Reality" the most loved piece of writing in snowboarding. It's his mantra and this company's mantra. Read it and change your life... or not.
In 2005 Ken and fellow snowboard vagabond, washed up pro snowboarder and top heliskiing guide, Don Schwartz, bought Powder Mountain Catskiing in Whistler so that they wouldn't have to travel the world looking for powder, getting into and out of precarious situations and sleeping on floors. Now they could get their powder fix 20 minutes from home.
In 2012, taking a Keys to Reality break, living in Bali for 5 months with his kids Kaia and Caprii, surfing every day and searching for something new to inspire and progress himself, Pro Standard was founded to bring his DIY GoPro mounts and accessories to the world.