The Goat


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Eric writes:

“The ski, called The Goat, was inspired by Daane DeBoer – a Marine, and a passionate skier, who was killed last year while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was also my step brother.

I had already started making a pair of skis with Kam at The Ski Lab, but had not yet decided on a graphic. At Daane’s funeral, a bunch of family and friends were telling stories, remembering Daane and his love for the outdoors – skiing in particular. The idea of designing a graphic to remember Daane – his legacy and what he lived, fought and died for – was sort a collective idea.

Two of Daane’s good friends, Ryan and Steve Innis, started collaborating with me on design ideas. We were pretty far down the road with one version, when Ryan sent me the image of the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross which is made up of the soldier’s rifle with bayonet attached stuck into the ground, helmet on top, dog tags sometimes hanging from the rifle and the boots of the fallen soldier next to it. Its purpose is to show honor and respect for the fallen at the battle site. We all knew right then that this was it.

To make the ski that much more meaningful, we embed one of Daane’s actual dog tags into that area of the ski graphic. Truly one of a kind.

The name The Goat refers to the nickname Daane earned while hiking all 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure – he was relentless in his pursuit of accomplishing that goal, and no degree of difficult terrain, challenging weather or conditions would prevent him from achieving the destination.” 

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