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The Impact of Snowboarding in the USA The ski industry has been around since the beginning of the century Since that time the retailing industry of the ski world has been on a steady increase At the beginning of this decade the increase began to skyrocket However skiing was not the reason for the growth The reason for the dramatic increase in industry sales in the retail world of skiing was due to snowboarding By now almost everyone in the country has either seen a snowboard ridden one or knows someone who has The purpose of this paper is to discuss what snowboarding is and to shed some light on the financial aspects of this new sport Snowboarding hit the scene in 1972 Jake Burton at the age of 15 decided that he had enough of skiing and wanted to do something a little different With a little ingenuity and some of his dads tools he began working on the first snowboard His project lasted about three weeks and when he was done he decided to take his invention to the slopes and she how it worked This was almost the end of snowboarding Every slope Jake went to denied him access saying that they only allowed skis on the hills Jake was a very determined kid and this did not stop him He began hiking every back-country trail he could find and he became quite efficient at snowboarding At the same time he continued to knock on all the ticket windows at every resort but still had no success He decided that the only way he could prove his invention was nothing more than a different version of a ski would be to make a video of himself riding down the back country hills This was no easy task keep in mind the year is 1972 Jake was determined and he met up with a guy named Craig Kelly
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