I dunno about that, some of that sounds like bullshit. I know a guy who's friend is getting the Public Enemy for free from his sponsorship by K2. But if they do just give you a pair of skis / board and you can't change, that would suck. Say if I were a pro (haha) and I was sponsored by Line, I would really want to ride Motherships when I like shorter skis.
But anyways, that's the snowboarding industry, not the skiing industry.
~ Steve Xs2 (Get Hyped!
~ I [heart] the Line 1260