Snowboarding is fun
Snowboarding is the fastest-growing winter sport. It’s catching on all over the world and is now included in the Olympic Games.
Snowboarding is also a way of life, with its own equipment, style, music, clothing and even language. The forerunner of the modern snowboard was invented by Sherman Poppen in 1965. It was the Snurfer (monoski). Jake Burton turned the hobby into a profitable business. It took him 15 years to develop the perfect snowboard. Now he owns the largest snowboard business in the world.
Snowboarding is different from skiing and the only thing they have in common is the snow. Many people believe it’s easier for you to learn snowboarding when you didn’t ski before.
While standing up with both feet on a board, a snowboarder slides down a slope, controlling the direction with the same small movements that a skateboarder uses. The most difficult thing is to keep balance.
Snowboarders will give you a long list of reasons why snowboarding is better than skiing.
Snowboarding is especially popular with teenagers and college students (some say as many as 90% of snowboarders is between the ages 10 and 25). They say that skiing is for old people and snowboarding is for the young.
The average speed for snowboard (on the right track) is 70 km/h.
Darren Powell is the fastest snowboarder. He reached the speed of up to 201 km per hour. The athlete is from Australia, where there is no snow)
Snowboarding was included in the program at 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.
Snowboarding is fun
Advantages of snowboarding
Simplicity to “ride”: the only equipment you need is a snowboard. You don’t need poles and your hands are free — so you can wave to friends, take photos and throw snowballs.
Easy to learn: you don’t need to be as physically fit to snowboard as to ski. The first thing is to learn how to stand up, then to keep balance.
Comfort: snowboarding boots are soft, light and comfortable. Also, you can wear whatever you want — but the brighter the clothes, the better.
Flexibility: unlike skiers, riders don’t care whether the condition of the snow and the slopes is good or not — they can snowboard on almost any snow-covered surface.