What Are Some Snowboarding Facts?


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Facts about snowboarding are the sport was first included in the winter Olympics in 1998, and it was the fastest growing sport in the United States in the year 2000. In 2013, 67 percent of snowboarders were male and 33 percent were female.

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The number of snowboarders in the year 2000 was just over 7.2 million. In 2013, 7.1 million snowboarding enthusiasts visited slopes in the Midwest. Snowboarders between the ages of 18 and 24 represent more than one quarter of all boarders on the slopes.

Snowboarding is similar to skateboarding and is also considered a trick sport. Snowboarding entails more than simply boarding down hills: It also involves grinding off rails, flying off boxes and jumping off rails onto the snow below. There are three types of snowboards used for the sport, the freeride, racing and freestyle. The most popular of the three boards is the freestyle.

Muskegon, Michigan, is known as the home of modern snowboarding. Sherman Poppen, an engineer, invented a toy for his children similar to a snowboard in 1965. The toy consisted of two skis tied together with a rope attached to one end which was used for steering. The invention was named the “snurfer” and combined elements of both skiing and surfing on the snow.

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