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Whats Hot In Downhill? Snowboarding For Sure!

By Clement Call

Snowboarding is a unique, American invented sport developed here during the late nineteen sixties and into the seventies. The sport having been influenced by those of skate boarding, downhill skiing of course, and even surfing. In the years of time since then, this sport has generated its very own special sub-culture with its own vernacular, a individual fashion, and even classes of what may be termed royalty within its influence sphere.

Early on, start up companies had produced things like the snurfer product lines. ( An item which was named from a combination of the two words skiing and surfing.) Initially, the manufacturers, inventors, and marketers of Snowboards, the likes of Mr. Jake Burton Carpenter, Mr. Chuck Barfoot, Mr. Tom Sims and others revolutionized production, the design of, and marketing them while building the industry itself as well as developing the sport. Snowboarding as a sport, literally compounded itself with furious and rapid growth in popularity at the time.

Snowboarders have developed their own specialized disciplines, their own language within the sub-culture, even the fashion involved is nursed from the Snowboarding enthusiasts themselves. The scene, being continuously dominated by the under twenty-five years old demographic group was at home with its cool, or even rebellious status level on the slopes and in skiing circles. Though this specifically has gone toward change recently.

Snowboarding finally became an officially sanctioned winter sport in 1998 at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan that year. Since then, the U. S. Has stood and currently stands in first place in total medals since that time with a award total of fourteen. These medals can be broken down in class as; five Bronze, four Silver ones, and five Golds. This seems only fitting for us as the nation responsible for its maturation and development as a sport.

In the time since, this sport and the demographics of it have grown exponentially. Along with holding a great style and appeal, Snowboarding has moved from what had once been the occasional group of stylized riff-raff on the slope at the local ski resort, into a giant and growing market segment in the winter downhill sports community. Snowboarders are now representative of a gigantic section of receipt totals on ski resorts books across the nation, and the world as well. It is becoming hard to believe that yes, at one time a decade or two ago the Snowboarders were not allowed on very many slopes at all.

In the growth of this sport, as well as the real expansion of its demographics during the years Snowboarding and its participants have been more accepted with their presence on the slopes. Just in March of two-thousand eight, the resort at Taos Ski Valley became one of the last of the major U. S. Ski resorts to allow them in. Four years previous to that, the sport of Snowboarding had nearly six and a half million people participating in it! The great majority of these were in the eighteen years to twenty-four years old age bracket. An EXTREMELY tough number to ignore in a business sense while running a modern ski resort.

The Boarder cross, the Half pipe, Racing, the Indy cross, even the Rail Jam have come forward to become what seem to be real fixtures on the professional winter sport events circuit recently. Snowboarding has always, and hopefully will continue to contribute a great deal to the revival of downhill skiing and winter outdoor sports. Large scale events like the Ticket to Ride World Snowboard Tour and the X-Games, and even similar events have become giant attractions in the last two decades. The snowboarders of recent times have carved quite a niche out to call their own, both now and certainly into the future.

The future looks extremely bright for snowboarders, Snowboarding alone as a sport and force. No longer being simply viewed as a band of outlaw individuals seeking something that is different. The snowboard and its user have become generators of their own in the offerings of winter downhill sports overall to people who seek adventures.

Clement writes for a site dedicated to action sports guides. If you want to learn how to snowboard this is the site to go to – learn how to adjust your snowboard stance, how to set your snowboard bindings and many other guides.

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