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Unformatted text preview: Snowboarding History The first modern snowboard was arguably the Snurfer(snow and surfer), originally designed by Sherman Poppen for his children in 1965 in Muskegon, Michigan. It was essentially a skateboard without wheels, steered by a handheld rope, and lacked bindings. Now, snowboards have bindings, are made from combinations of lightweight materials, and are very individualistic...they are a far cry from the original wooden planks that people would ride down the slopes Freeride Most common form of snowboarding. It consists of a rider carving down the hill. Usually use a longer board with less flex to compensate for the many different types of terrain the rider may face. Freestyle Incorporates the use of man-made devices such as half pipes, rails, boxes, jumps, and quarter pipes. The intent is to use these devices to perform aerial tricks. Freecarve Similar to Slalom style skiing Rider carves inbetween set up posts Usually a race set-up, that is head to head or a timed race. What is a board made up of? Core-generally laminated fiberglass around wood Base- made up of polyethylene material (plastic) Edge-strip of metal around board used to make carving easier Laminate- the core is sandwiched by a couple layers of fiberglass laminate for added strength and flexibility Freeride/Racing/Alpine Boards It is a long, narrow, rigid board It is shaped like an hour-glass in order to provide better control Best used for machine-groomed slopes Freestyle/Park Boards Generally shorter/more flexable/ lighter than other boards This allows for easy switch riding and for maneuvering while in the air or while on rails All Mountain Boards In-between freestyle/park boards and freeride/alpine boards. Called the "jack of all trades, but the master of none." Can handle many types of terrain and different styles of riding Bindings Step In- allows the rider to step into the bindings b/c the boots have clasps on them that attatch to the binding on the board Strap In- Used with standard boots. The rider has to strap into the bindings by using buckles or tying in with strings similar to shoes. Boots Probably the most important equipment other than board. Must be comfortable Must be supportive MUST BE WARM and WATERPROOF... nothing is worse than cold and wet feet Clothing Jacket- lightweight, warm, waterproof, comfortable Pants- waterproof, warm, easy to maneuver in Goggles-not necessary, but helpful if it is very sunny, windy, or snowing out Hat- warm Gloves/Mittens- warm and waterproof Who Snowboards??? Snowboarders vary in age. I've personally seen little kids snowboarding who can barely walk. And I've even seen old people who can barely walk. But the majority of people who snowboard are between the ages of 16 and 30. Snowboarding Snowboarding is a relatively new sport that offers lots of excitement. It is easy to pick up. Nothing beats the exhilaration of carving down a mountainside or catching some big air off a jump. I encourage you all to try snowboarding at least once. ...
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2008 for the course MECHENG 110 taught by Professor Vedula during the Fall '08 term at Wisconsin Milwaukee.
- Fall '08