Snowboarding is winter’s answer to surfing. Developed in the 1960s in the United States, snowboarding mixed elements of surfing, skateboarding, skiing and sledding together to create an all new way to have fun in the snow. Snowboarding involves descending down a snowy slope on a board that is attached to the rider’s feet (by use of a special boot binding). Many forms of snowboarding—such as the “half pipe” event—require competitors to do startling flips and twists in mid-air while still managing to make clean landings.
Snowboarding is one of the newest sports that has been added to the Olympic roster. Introduced to the games in Nagano, Japan in 1998, snowboarding has quickly become one of the most watched and beloved Winter Olympic events because it is exciting and fast paced. In fact, a report on About.com claims that in the year 2000 snowboarding was the fastest-growing sport in the USA.
Approximately 8 million people currently partake in snowboarding. Many ski resorts now have snowboarding program options so if your child is interested in pursuing this sport there are probably many local areas in which to engage it. Additionally, children that are homeschooled can use snowboarding classes as a means of exercise and gym credits.
Below is a list of facts about snowboarding:
• The “Snurfer” was the first modern snowboard. Its name is derived from the words “snow” and “surfer” and it was designed by a Michigan resident named Sherman Poppen in 1965.
• Many people consider snowboarding to be skateboarding without wheels. Hence, many snowboard enthusiasts are also skilled skateboarders.
• Snowboarding is fun but it can also be dangerous. The most common snowboarding injuries involve the shoulder, wrists, and head.
• Snowboarders are encouraged to always wear a helmet and get introduced to the sport by a skilled instructor.
• American Shaun White is one of the most decorated snowboarders in Olympic history. He won gold medals in two Olympics (2006 and 2010) and 15 gold medals in the X Games!