The global snowboard community was deeply saddened to hear that Andy Williams, aka DJ A-Dog, had passed away on December 26th after battling leukemia for the past year. He was thirty-eight. Andy was known to many as a number of things: A skateboarder, a snowboarder, an artist, and a world-class DJ, but most importantly, he was a very, very good friend.

Originally from St. Albans, Vermont, A-Dog moved to Burlington in the mid-nineties and landed his dream job at the legendary snow/skate shop The B-Side. Around that time he also started djing in the local scene and was quickly recognized as a standout. Andy went on to become known as one of the best DJs in the area, winning numerous awards, but was also recognized for his talents whenever he got the opportunity to take his show on the road.

Any rider, skate or snow, who ever came through Burlington got to know Andy. A-Dog was a gracious host; he loved his town and made sure to share everything about her with any visitors. A-Dog had a very long and rich relationship with Burton, Gravis, and Analog, and provided the soundtrack for many of their biggest moments over the last decade. Whether rocking an SIA party or handing out a mixtape, A-Dog was full of love for the snow community.

A celebration of Andy’s life and legacy is being planned for August 30th, 2014, now officially known as Andy “A-Dog” Williams Day in Burlington. To stay connected and to learn more about what you can do to help someone with leukemia, please visit friendsforadog.com.

-Luis Calderin
Burton Snowboards