Snowboarding: history and interesting facts

Snowboarding is both extreme and Olympic kind of sport which implies the descent from snowy slopes of mountains on special equipment – a snowboard. Initially, snowboarding was a winter sport, although some extreme-lovers mastered this board even for summer period, sliding on slopes of sand which is called “sandboarding”.

Snowboarding: history and interesting facts

As long as snowboarding usually undergoes on extemporaneous slopes on extremely huge speeds different equipment and outfit are used for protection from injuries such as helmets, joints, hands, legs and back shields.

Snowboarding: history and interesting facts

In 1998 during the winter Olympic Games in Nagano snowboarding was involved in an Olympic program of sports that athletes can compete in.
There are several kinds of snowboarding. The kinds are divided into several parts.
Hard snowboard is a high speed skating on the prepared and trained slopes with the usage of special equipment, kit and techniques of skating such as racing, carving etc,.

Snowboarding: history and interesting facts

Sport snowboard includes the following disciplines: bordercross, slalom, parallel slalom, giant slalom, parallel giant slalom and supergiant.
Freeride snowboard is a free descent on extemporaneous snowy slopes which range from quite flat, slightly sloping, to extremely steep ones.
Freestyle snowboarding is a descent on trained for jumps and acrobatic tricks tracks. It includes several disciplines such as half-pipe, big-air, slope- style and others.


History of snowboarding sport

Snowboarding: history and interesting facts

Vern Wicklund is considered to be the inventor of the snowboard. In 1939 he was the first who designed something that looked like and was used as modern boards, having carved it from regular plywood. But it is unknown whether the inventor could descend from the mountain on it.

Snowboarding: history and interesting facts

In 1963 the first “true” snowboard was created by Tom Sims. At first he tried to use a board from a skateboard as it had a suitable shape with curved edges. At that time many people didn’t take the invention of snowboard seriously thinking that the idea is really stupid. How wrong they were.

Snowboarding: history and interesting facts
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