• Snowboarding is a winter sport that involves descending a slope that is
covered with snow while standing on a board attached to a rider's feet,
using a special boot set onto a mounted binding. The development of
snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding , sledding, surfing and skiing.
It was developed in the United States in the 1960s and became a Winter
Olympic Sport in 1998.
Snowboarding has been around since the 1920s, when people would tie plywood
or wooden planks from barrels to their feet using clotheslines and horse reins in
order to steer themselves down hills. Modern snowboarding began in 1965
when Sherman Poppen, an engineer in Muskegon, Michigan, invented a toy for
his daughter by fastening two skis together and attaching a rope to one end so
she would have some control as she stood on the board and glided downhill.
Dubbed the "snurfer" (combining snow and surfer), the toy proved so popular
among his daughter's friends that Poppen licensed the idea to a manufacturer
that sold about a million snurfers over the next decade. And, in 1966 alone over
half a million snurfers were sold.
Since snowboarding's inception as an established winter sport, it has developed
various styles, each with its own specialized equipment and technique. The most
common styles today are: freeride, freestyle, and freecarve/race. These styles are
used for both recreational and professional snowboarding. While each style is
unique, there is overlap between them. See also List of snowboard tricks.