When Was Snowboarding Invented?


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Most snowboarding experts consider the true invention of the sport to have occurred in the 1960s. That is when Sherman Poppen created and began selling his Snurfer, a board designed for use in the snow.

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At first, snowboarding drew mainly skateboarders, surfers and brave individuals who enjoyed a challenge. However, by the late 1970s and early 1980s, snowboarding became a bona fide winter sport, with innovators such as Jake Burton Carpenter and Dimitrije Milovich developing snowboard designs incorporating a variety of materials, as well as snowboarding accessories. By the 1990s, the snowboarders at ski resorts sometimes outnumbered the traditional skiers.

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