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A short introduction to the history of snowboarding

Snowboarding for the first time Snowboarding is now a well established sport and has come in leaps and bounds; with its own culture, super stars and equipment.

Snowboarding History

Snowboarding has also evolved into different styles including alpine racing, freestyle, free riding, backcountry and more, but where did it all begin?

View snowboard holiday deals Before the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994, when the International Olympics Federation found out that Norway were planning to include a snowboarding exhibition during the opening ceremony, they immediately vetoed the idea. Since then snowboarding has come on in leaps and bounds- even becoming an accepted Olympic sport in its own right.

  • Wicklund built the modified sled shown above when he was 13 in 1917, and along with the Burgeson bros, had it patented in 1939;
  • In March 2011, footage emerged of a young Canadian by the name of Mark McMorris bossing the first ever backside triple at a Transworld shoot;
  • Well, in the beginning there was a plank of plywood;
  • This was 1929, and M;
  • His run included a brand new trick a double McTwist 1260 that he coined the Tomahawk;
  • To this day, no rider in history has ever achieved what White did in the 2005-2006 season.

So how did it all start? Well, in the beginning there was a plank of plywood. There was a clothesline and also some horse reins for bindings. This was 1929, and M. Over 30 years later, in 1963, an eighth grade a short introduction to the history of snowboarding from New Jersey called Tom Sims who would go on to form Sims Snowboards created what he called a "ski board" as a woodwork project.

Sims was obsessed with skateboarding, which he had picked up on a holiday to California, and wanted to be able to skate in the winter as well as the summer. His invention was a rounded plank of pine with a nose kick in the front and carpet on top to supply the much needed traction. Underneath, aluminium and candle wax would supply the sliding action that he needed to surf across the snow. Not a bad start at all for an eight grader who just wanted to skate 365 days of the year.

Commercially the snowboard didn't catch on until 1965, when Sherman Poppen, a frustrated father trying to get his kids out of the house on a freezing winters day, invented the Snurfer snow and surf together, clever eh?

Two childrens skis bolted together and a length of cord for balance later and Poppen soon had all the kids in the neighbourhood on his doorstep, begging him to build them one.

Meanwhile Dimitrije Milovich, inspired by sliding down snowy hills on meal trays, began producing boards for himself and friends.

41 Iconic Moments in Snowboard History

In 1972 he would begin to produce the first snowboards as we know them today and experimenting with iron edges. Winterstick, as he called his company, are still producing snowboards today- the classic swallowtail deep powder snowboard is especially popular.

History of Burton Snowboards. Burton Snowboards In 1977 snowboarding showed its doubters that it was here to stay.

41 defining moments in the history of snowboarding

Dimitrije Milovich and other snowboarding pioneers found that they were having trouble bringing snowboards onto the slopes- irritated ski resort managers would tell snowboarders to take a hike- muttering that the resorts insurance did not cover snowboarding.

Milovich then obtained written confirmation from the major insurance brokers for Ski Resorts in the states, Petit-Morey and Kendall, that snowboarders were, in fact, covered to be on the mountain.

At this early stage everyone was feeling their way in terms of design- Burton would modify Snurfers, Olson was using planks of pine and Sims was creating his own wood boards with aluminium underneath. Since the pivotal year of 1977 the innovations came on thick and fast.

  • The Snurfer is widely recognised as the first marketed snowboard, with about a million units being shifted between 1966-1976, one of which went to a young Jake Burton, who brought a customised one with prototype bindings along with him to the 1979 National Snurfing Championship;
  • In the end, i t was Billy who stepped up to the plate at a session on the same kicker that was constructed for Nine Knights in Livigno, whipping around a massive quad cork 1800, with all but a slight hand-drag on the landing.

Sims began using fibreglass as the base of the snowboards in 1979 when Jake Burton was developing ptex and working on how to use the already advanced ski technology to make the boards glide better.

As the snowboarding industry moved through the 1980's and became a popular phenomenon, board design became more standardised across the industry and the focus shifted to finding the best binding.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi showcased 12 new competitions across the games including snowboard Slopestyle and the snowboard parallel slalom. This made a total of ten snowboarding events at the winter games. Jenny Jones blew the nation away by winning a bronze medal in the Ladies Snowboard Slopestyle and became the first ever British female to win an Olympic medal on snow. There is a very exciting future ahead for snowboarding in Britian.