New age of skiing
AS I write this, it has been a week of challenging weather conditions.
We are expecting this to turn to snow on Saturday before this goes to print, so fingers crossed.
Although it’s depressing to see it rain, good things are worth waiting for.
Snowboarding is fun, and a great way of life.
Let’s appreciate snowboarding with a little history on the sport that has drawn most of us here to Mt Buller.
Snowboarding goes back to the 1920s.
This is older than many of us would have thought.
In 1929, a Utah man M.J. Burchett created what many believe to be one of the first snowboards.
Burchett cut a plywood plank into a rideable board and used both horse reins and clotheslines to secure his feet.
Burchett recieved a lot of respect for his efforts to pioneer snowboarding.
In the 60’s Sherman Poppen was an engineer looking for a new toy to give to his daughter when he invented what would become known as the “snurfer.”
Poppen’s original snurfer was made by fastening two skis together and attaching a rope at the front.
In the 1970s, the first snurfing competitions were organised.
The Flying Yellow Banana was developed in 1977.
This was just a plastic shell covered with a surface similar to a skateboard, but at the time it was a major step in snowboarding.
Then thanks to snowboard design pioneers such as Dimitrijie Milovich (Winterstick), Jake Burton (Burton Snowboards), and Tom Sims (Sims Snowboards) we get to ride the awesome equipment that we do today.
In 2000, snowboarding was the fastest-growing sport in the US, with riders and enthusiasts numbering to a total of just over 7.2 million.
It’s funny to think that snowboarders were once the grungy unappreciated members of the snow society.
We are now a huge presence that brought life and interest back into the snow industry, and helped spark a revolution in skiing.
Now snow, Buller.
RATTY’S SOLUTION: If there is a lack of snow, you can still make the most of it with great friends as she does when travelling the world.