Over all, snowboarding has been a very fast
growing sport. But it did have a rocky beginning. The history of
snowboarding, however, tells the story of how the sport was
evolved from a completely different human need.
Many people didn't like snowboarding because snowboarders were
mostly teenage males, and they were crazy on their boards. It
started a prejudice among people that snowboarders are drug
addicts and snowboarding is not a decent sport. Discrimination
against them brought friction and, for a time, and the future of
snowboarding was in jeopardy. The ski industry was vigilant
about two things at the time: tight pants and skier safety;
snowboarding would not meet either of these criteria. This rebel
reputation is still common today in spite of the fact that
snowboarding appeals to men, women, and children of all
nationalities and social groups.
To say who actually invented the sport of snowboarding would be
impossible because people have always loved to slide down a
snow-covered hill. Some feel that Jack Burchette began the
history of snowboarding way back in 1929 by inventing the first
snowboard, out of a plank of plywood. He has deeply influenced
what snowboarding has become today.
Plagued in the early years by the Snurfers reputation for
unpredictability, snowboarding was outlawed at most ski resorts.
At first, many ski resorts banned snowboarding at their
mountains, but they eventually began to lift their ban and
recognize snowboarding as a sport.
Burton In 1980 Burton advances the history of snowboarding by
developing the first real ski technology for snowboards. He
produced several boards, and even got articles in the
"Newsweek", "Playboy" and "Powder" which helped to make
snowboarding better known. Burton also invented bindings with
high backs to help control when snowboarding on hard packed
snow. In 1983 Jake Burton holds the first national snowboarding
In 1985 the first magazine dedicated specifically to
snowboarding hit the news stands with huge success and furthered
the popularity of this exciting sport. Over the next 15 years,
countless snowboard manufacturers were born and the sport of
snowboarding began to change people's lives everywhere.
A collection of snowboarding tricks and stunts was released on
video in 1996. The film, carried by its imaginative scenario,
spanned the globe, spreading the message of snowboarding.
Vermont played a large part in the early days of snowboarding.
Vermont was the first state to open a Snowboarding Park, where
snowboarders were welcome to do their thing.
Olympics Even though the-history-of-snowboarding is short in the
Olympics it is remembered with controversy and excitement. The
not-so-new sport of snowboarding was finally recognized and
meant a huge victory for serious snowboarders across the globe.
Olympic and world wide snowboarding events are among the most
popular of winter sports and the competition to be the best is
fierce. Many people had heard of snowboarding before the
Olympics, but never had so many people avidly watched and
followed a snowboarding competition.
Initially Olympic snowboarding was divided into four
competitions with two categories: men's and women's halfpipe and
men's and women's giant slalom. Now there are more events for
snowboarding like slalom, big air, racing, boarder cross and
halfpipe. Now that snowboarding has it made it to the Olympics,
snowboarding is accepted worldwide into the mainstream populace.
Arguably, snowboarding is the fastest growing sport and
industry. As snowboarding gained popularity it also gained
approval and now sections of some mountains are dedicated
exclusively to them. Yet, despite the stigmas and lack of good
taste, snowboarding prevailed on into the nineties and still
continues to grow. In a short 40-year history, snowboarding has
cemented itself into the hearts and minds of enthusiasts around
the world .
80% of the kids that take up a winter sport, pick snowboarding
and wonder snowboards are the number one Christmas present. And
it is widely predicted that snowboarding will become more
popular than skiing by the year 2015.
About The Author
Rob Daniels is a lifelong sports enhusiasts and snowboarder.
More articles by Rob can be found at Goofy Snowboarding
and Kayak Escape http://www.kayak-escape.com.