History of Snowboarding and Its Competitions

Although some people think that snowboarding is a relatively new invention, the fact is that such a "sport" can be traced back several centuries. In the 1920s, children experimented with something similar to today's boards. It was in the 1960s that snowboarding (which we now know as a sport) is "invented" by Sherman Poppen.

Later, the Poppen board invented (originally called Snurfer, a combination of "snow" and "surfing") was changed by several people. Today there are several types of boards and the equipment required by everyone is unique. The most significant events in the history of this popular sport are now:

  1. Snurfer sold (in the 1960s) well and became an instant success; its use later inspires some of the people who continue to make it better.
  2. Dimitrie Milovic started Winterstick in the early 1970s. He patented a new type of council, which also became very popular; his products are sold all over the world and he becomes one of Snurfer's first innovators.
  3. Jake Burton and Tom Simms come to the stage and everyone comes out with their version of a snowboard; both snowboard medal winners. The couple caught her for several years and both had a phenomenal success, both as businessmen and as snowboarders. In fact, both hosts some of the first snowboard medals.
  4. The National Snowboard Championship (1982) in Vermont became the first national championship; it is very successful and is covered by some of the top rated television shows like Good Morning America and The Today Show. It is believed that participants are going as fast as 50 miles per hour, which at this time is very impressive and helps to attract more fans into the sport. This event turned into the US Open Snowboarding Championship, which then moved to Stratton Mountain in Vermont (from the Suicide Six resort). This event attracts thousands today.
  5. In the mid-80s, ski resorts were finally convinced to open their doors for snowboarders. Previously, snowboarders were not welcome because the insurance did not cover them. It turned out, however, that insurance covered the sport. What the resorts were afraid of, however, was the unseen look of young people boarding snowboarding. They were afraid that more traditional skiers would oppose sport at the same rate; there were safety concerns. These concerns, however, were disturbed when the resorts saw how lucrative snowboarding competitions could be for the cities that hosted them.
  6. In 1992, Doug Wo invented the "Dragon of the Pipes" – a machine that can construct and maintain snap tubes (which were previously created by hand). This has made it easier and cheaper to maintain snowboarding courses.
  7. The snowboard was finally admitted to the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Previously, some athletes boycotted the Olympics because they had not allowed the sport.
  8. Shaun White, one of the largest snowboarders to date, had a perfect competition season in 2005-2006. He even won the US Open, which had been eluding him before.
  9. Craig Kelly, Terje Haakonsen and Shaun Palmer made their ratings as some of the biggest snowboarders so far.
  10. The International Federation of Snowboarding (ISF) and the International Ski Federation have recognized and sponsored snowboard competitions that have added sport status.
  11. Snow games at the Olympics included giant slalom and semi-pipe races; later they included a snowboard cross that included hurdles, narrow turns and other hardships (usually involving 4 racers who were on their way – the winner progressed).

Today, snowboarding is one of the most important moments of the Winter Olympics. Sports makes millions of dollars to sponsor events and developers of sold equipment. Many people who ski also snowboarding, and vice versa. Snowboard medals received in snowboard competitions are just the tip of the iceberg for winning athletes. They also receive glory, money and admiration for millions.