We actually sit about 30 feet from each other.
Before you go and spout on an anti-corporate rant, take a step back and ask what both LINE and K2 have done for skiing. Both have innovated by producing many of the ski designs we now view as commonplace in addition to sponsoring a slew of athletes that have changed our sport forever.
K2 brought to the table the first modern twin tip in the Poacher way back in 96, 2 years before the 1080. First company to use edges almost 3 times as thick as everyone else to help with durability on rails, we also added tip rivets to hold the tips together through the most punishing East Coast and Midwest landings. K2 made the first women specific park ski, the MissDemeanor. K2 also came out with the first park ski with a specialized core for presses and butters in the Fujative in 03. K2 took McConkey's Spatula idea and produced the Pontoon, arguably one of the best tools for helping people shred pow. K2 went and created the first-ever fat-rockered twin tip with the HellBent and opened people's eyes as to what can be done on skis. The K2 Back 9 backcountry slopestyle was the early precursor to events now such as the Red Bull Cold Rush.
LINE has brought tons to the table as well, from pushing pure symmetrical twin tips since 99 to an attempt at a revolutionary binding system, to experiments with just how fat skis can get with some of Pollard's prototypes, to creating the AfterBang wood laminate ski to supporting a talented roster of skiers through the years that have also pushed the envelopes of style and trickery as we know it.
Some companies take chances and push the sport in the direction it needs to go through intensive and innovative product development, athlete, magazine and event support and marketing. AND some don't. Some just make a twin tip ski and expect you to buy it. It's up to you to pay attention to what companies have done and what they give back.
No hate, just setting the record straight. If you are ever in Seattle, hit us up and come get a tour, you can come see for yourself how it is.