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Snowboarding History | Origin of Snowboard

Snowboarding History
Snowboarding is a very recent sport and is similar to Surfing, skateboarding, and Skiing. Likewise, it is not surprising that the origin of snowboarding lies in these sports. Although it is hard to pinpoint the pioneer of Snowboarding, the History of Snowboarding tells us that it was initiated around the 1950s by a few surf and skate enthusiasts who used self-made boards to convey their skills to a new terrain: the snow. At that time, due to the novelty of the Snowboards, those contraptions often resulted in many broken boards and a lot of bruises.

Snowboard History: The first real Snowboard hit the market during the 1960's in the form of Sherman Poppen's Snurfer. It appeared like a weird crossover between a plywood sled and a skateboard deck. The rope attached to the front tip of the snurfer (board) offered the rider some control, and the steel tacks poking through the upper deck held the rider's feet in place.

During that time, Snowboarding appealed initially to a small group of surfers, skateboarders, and Backcountry enthusiasts. Brave souls who rode their own Snowboard contraptions were highly frowned upon by majority of skiers. They were not even allowed to ride the regular slopes used in Skiing. Consequently, Snowboarding started Off-Piste.

As Snowboarding became more popular in the 70's and 80's, true Snowboarding pioneers such as Dimitrije Milovich, an East Coast surfer, and Jake Burton Carpenter came up with new snowboard designs, materials and machineries that had slowly developed into the Snowboard, Snowboard Bindings, and other Snowboard Equipment we know nowadays.

In 1983, less than 10 percent of United States ski areas allowed Snowboarding. But by 1997, few resorts excluded it. Today, Snowboarding is now as accepted as Skiing in most Ski Resorts Worldwide and its popularity and fan base is growing at such a pace that the number of skiers in the US has declined by 25%. The number of snowboarders has increased by 77%, making Snowboarding the fastest growing winter sport in the US. Today, more than 3.4 million people Snowboard. This number comprises about 20% of the visitors to US ski resorts. Also, the number of people who snowboard is predicted to overtake Skiing by 2015.

These are some of the highlights in the Snowboarding History. Included is the evolution of the equipment, such as the freeride snowboards and flow bindings. It can be said that the sport has undergone a lot of changes and developments, making it a fun and enjoyable winter sport activity that millions of people enjoy doing every year.

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Sunday 22nd February 2009 at 10:35:35 AM  

that is so cool man

Tuesday 3rd March 2009 at 12:13:25 PM  


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Wednesday 4th March 2009 at 9:50:35 AM  

Sick dude!! snowboarding rocks and i lov these guys for being so figin smart

Thursday 5th March 2009 at 9:38:03 AM  

I love this sport and i love that these guys were smart enough to come up with this great sport. Thank you sooooo much!!

Tuesday 31st March 2009 at 6:48:02 AM  


Monday 27th April 2009 at 8:38:03 PM  

WOw theese dudes were brilliant, created the fastest growing winter sport today! (""/(-_-)("")

Saturday 16th May 2009 at 12:56:20 PM  

whoa dude. thts some wikid stuff. really glad these guys did it d-_-b

Sunday 24th May 2009 at 12:46:22 AM  

i love snowboarding but i can't play it because I always fall.

Friday 19th June 2009 at 2:12:12 PM  

Glad to become a part of it today

Monday 19th October 2009 at 10:59:19 AM  

thank this helped me out with mi project :)

Monday 26th October 2009 at 10:06:47 AM  

thanks u help me get a A on my project

Monday 26th October 2009 at 3:37:09 PM  

man that is of the hook i was readinn up on it i was like ch ch. bRRRAAAT

Tuesday 27th October 2009 at 2:32:49 PM  

oh mi god this sport is so GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!
the guys who invented it are totally genius!
-im out ;)

Stet Money
Thursday 3rd December 2009 at 12:42:16 PM  

Dude i rock and love it more than everything, and its definitly my favorite

Friday 1st January 2010 at 9:45:00 PM  

I was riding a Burton. board in Tahoe in 1988 and it had alluminum fins on it which rendered it useless for hard pack. Not sure where or who was riding in 1983.

Thursday 7th January 2010 at 7:01:38 AM  

this is the most stupid sport i have ever seen ^^ LOL XD ROFLCOPTER T_T

Thursday 7th January 2010 at 7:07:08 AM  

this sport sucks dude!!! LOL XD

Thursday 7th January 2010 at 8:48:52 AM  

"i love snowboarding but i can''t play it because I always fall." yu can''t really ''play'' snowboarding. anyway, awesome info. keep boardin man. =]

Thursday 14th January 2010 at 11:05:49 AM  

shred 4 life

Wednesday 20th January 2010 at 1:33:05 PM  

thank for the help on my report and for the people who invented the awsome sport thanks snurfer burton and the other guy.

Kayla Nicole
Thursday 28th January 2010 at 8:35:08 PM  

This is great.! i love this sport.! this info is so gonna help me with my project. :)

Tuesday 2nd February 2010 at 11:06:17 AM  

snowboarding is fun

Friday 5th February 2010 at 3:08:07 PM  


Thursday 11th February 2010 at 1:13:03 PM  

hii . im jizzy, :) who would name something snurfing ? like wtf. xD i''m kidding, but seriously jizzy wonts to no . i will jizz on yurr face <3 kidding

Wednesday 17th February 2010 at 8:32:35 AM  

dude it helped me with my project of snowsurfing

Thursday 18th February 2010 at 1:56:15 AM  


Thursday 18th February 2010 at 8:34:24 PM  

I''m going to try snowboarding during our winter vacation next year. I feel like something new after skiing for 10 years.

Friday 19th February 2010 at 1:15:55 PM  

cool this is great :p

Sunday 21st February 2010 at 5:35:35 PM  


Friday 26th February 2010 at 3:08:38 AM  

this helped me with the most boaring project:(

Sunday 28th February 2010 at 10:32:16 AM  


Tuesday 2nd March 2010 at 12:36:32 PM  

snoboarding is awsome yeah dudes shred for life

Nolan p
Wednesday 3rd March 2010 at 10:06:43 AM  

thanks for helping me with college

Friday 5th March 2010 at 9:46:13 AM  

your web site is preety cool it give lots of info thats G !!!!

Saturday 6th March 2010 at 11:23:55 AM  

Hey, Im writing my dissertation on snowboarding and wanted to reference this article, any ideas who the author is? thanks :)

Wednesday 10th March 2010 at 12:40:13 PM  

u helped me so much on my project

Friday 12th March 2010 at 12:29:16 PM  


Monday 15th March 2010 at 10:09:51 AM  

what was ur project

Wednesday 17th March 2010 at 6:48:53 PM  

thanks for the help on my paper.

Wednesday 17th March 2010 at 9:36:13 PM  

this is so interesting. i wonder if i could get a snurfer board anywhere now. snowboarding is awesome as it is.. but that snurfer board looks pretty legit.

Snowboard Bulgaria
Friday 9th April 2010 at 12:24:47 AM  

There is a historical museum of snowboard somewhere in Germany (i think).
And it's really awesome to see what types of boards have been ridden :D

Wednesday 14th April 2010 at 11:48:39 AM  

this is awsome lol

Monday 3rd May 2010 at 4:04:15 PM  

i love to Snowboard! its my favorite sport by far! i wounder if there is anywere you could buy a snurfer board!

Tuesday 4th May 2010 at 9:41:23 AM  

ill bro. helped with meh project

Monday 28th June 2010 at 12:02:18 AM  

First snowboard contest was held at Ski Cooper Leadvile, CO April 1981.

Wednesday 14th July 2010 at 11:33:26 PM  

i like

Tyler D.
Tuesday 27th July 2010 at 10:00:29 AM  

yo dude thats rad.

Monday 20th September 2010 at 11:25:25 PM  

sick. anyone know the author of this?

Tuesday 5th October 2010 at 7:52:30 PM  

I luv snowboarding, and thanks for helping me on my project! :)

Richard Christiansen
Monday 18th October 2010 at 9:02:53 PM  

First ever snowboard contest was at Ski Cooper near Leadville, CO in 1981. Documented in the DVD Snowboardings Holy Grail, Competers Jake Burton and Tom Sims.

Monday 6th December 2010 at 9:44:19 AM  

sweet man

Tuesday 21st December 2010 at 8:12:05 PM  

The first ever snowboard contest was in 1979 at Pando, in MI with Jake Burton being the only contestant in the open class. It was actually a snurfing contest but he had made shift bindings that other competitors complained about, so they made an open class for him to compete in.

Wednesday 22nd December 2010 at 1:08:08 PM  

yup glad to be apart of the team started from nada now its blown up to be the most widly known winter sport. thanks sherman poppen. even old guys are doin it. fkn awsome!!!!!!

Monday 10th January 2011 at 1:39:27 PM  

wickid dude!!! this is awesome! i love snowboarding!!

yo mom
Thursday 20th January 2011 at 12:17:06 PM  

my friend has a snurfer

Wednesday 23rd February 2011 at 7:55:03 AM  

shred for life yyyyeeeeaaaahhhh

Sunday 27th February 2011 at 12:59:41 PM  

how many people is professional snowboarder in the world?

Friday 1st April 2011 at 2:53:22 PM  

hey man i like snowboarding too. this is kinda cool..

bob shermansmut
Tuesday 18th October 2011 at 8:24:55 AM  

hey guys im cool and i like snowboarding i wanna be all of u wen i grow up!!!!

lil earnie
Wednesday 19th October 2011 at 8:13:36 AM  

aww yea shermansmut... i feel so cool. u guys wanna hang out?

Thursday 19th January 2012 at 2:52:51 PM  

Best sport ever and these people are awesome for making it

Thursday 19th January 2012 at 6:09:19 PM  

this is the best website ever it helped my science fair project a lot

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