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The History of Snowboarding The first Snowboard like invention was made in 1929 by MJ Jack Burchett He cut out a plank of plywood and secured his feet with a length of clothesline and some horse reins The first Snowboard was invented Before the next step for the Snowboard was taken it had to wait over 30 years until 1963 In this year Tom Sims a Student in eighth gradeconstructed what he called a Ski Board for a class project Two years later Sherman Poppen invented The Snurfer as a toy for his kids He made The Snurfer by bolting two skis together Later on he organized competitions with the Snurfer The real change was made in 1970 when Dimitrije Milovich gets an idea after sliding on cafeteria trays Milovich who was a surfer on the east coast started developing snowboards based on surfboards and the way skis work In 1975 Milovich and his Snowboard called Winterstick get a write up in the March edition of Newsweek and a two-page article in Newsweek Inspired by Malcovich Jake Burton Carpenter moves to Londonderry Vermont and starts making Snowboards with steam bend wood and another version with fiberglass In 1977 Mike Olsen builds his first Snowboard in a High school Woodshop He keeps experimenting with Snowboards until he quits college in 1984 to form his corperation Gnu Once an article about the new snowboards was published in the magazine Powder the intention was moved to this new freestyle movement The first real ski technology for Snowboards was introduced by Burton and the Winterstick in 1980 Their new prototype had a P-Tex base and combined more of the ski technology into snowboards with that In 1982 the first International Snowboard race is held in Suicide Six outside Woodstock Vermont The goal of the race appeared mostly to be survival because the race consists of a steep icy kamikaze downhill run called The Face In 1985 still
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