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1 SNOWBOARDS Overview, History, and Equipment Greg Leonard Micah Emmitt

2 History Of Snowboarding Pioneer of Snowboarding is unknown Originated around the late 1950’s by a few skateboarding/surfing enthusiasts Led to the innovation of the “Snurfer” in the 1960’s, which was a cross between a sled and a skateboarding deck Immediately frowned upon by skiers Led to Snurfing “Off Piste”, or off the groomed ski slopes Started to become more popular in the 70’s and 80’s Dimitri Milovich and Jake Burton Carpenter came up with new Snowboard designs and materials Led to the modern Snowboard, Boots, and Bindings we are familiar with today

3 History of Snowboards “The Snurfer”

4 Snowboards vs. Skis 1983 – Less than 10% of ski resorts allowed Snowboarding By 1997, few resorts around the world excluded snowboarding Since 1997, the number of skiers has declined by 25% The percentage of people who snowboard has increased by 77% since 1997 Snowboarding is the fastest growing winter sport in the US today Today, approximately 3.4 million people in the US Snowboard The number of people that snowboard is predicted to outnumber the people that ski by 2015

5 vs.

6 Modern Day Snowboard Construction Constructed of several layers of different materials Bottom layer is UHMW (ultra-high molecular weight) polyethylene – commonly called P-Tex (Brand Name) P-Tex base is surrounded by steel edges so the board will dig into the snow while turning Next comes a fiberglass layer that provides strength and stiffness to the board The center of the board is a wooden or foam core that makes up most of the thickness of the board. The core contains metal inserts where the bindings will later be attached Another layer of fiberglass sits on top of the core The top is a protective layer of plastic called a “top sheet”

7 How the Layers are Put Together Each layer is put into a mold in the shape of a Snowboard which acts like a waffle iron Each layer is held together by an Epoxy glue The mold is closed and the layers are cooked together for approximately 30 min. This process cures the adhesive, causing the liquid glue to harden The board is then removed from the mold and the excess glue and material is scraped off A thin layer of wax is applied to the bottom of the board and it is ready to ride

8 Snowboard Construction

9 3 Types of Snowboards 1.FreeRide/All-Mountain Board 2.Freestyle/Technical Board 3.Carving/Alpine Board There is no such thing as a “bad board”. Even the lowest-quality boards of today are superior to boards made 5 years ago. Snowboarding mainly depends on the rider’s ability

10 FreeRide/All-Mountain Board This is the best board for beginners Most popular type of board; accounts for over ½ of all Snowboard sales today This is the “go anywhere, do anything” board. It is designed for people who want to enjoy all aspects of the mountain These boards are soft and flexible so they are easy to maneuver They are fairly light so they have good lift-off for jumping These boards are not as stable for carving as an Alpine board


12 Freestyle/Technical Boards Popular among young riders- also a good beginner board Designed for performing tricks, spins, and jumps; everything found in the snow park These bards are shorter, lighter, and they are the most flexible board so they are the easiest to maneuver These boards are also the easiest to turn They have limited edge grip and limited stability, which makes them difficult for carving or going fast Because of their design, these boards are the most forgiving


14 Carving/Alpine Boards Narrow, stiff board designed for fast direction changes Not made for doing tricks Usually a longer board that allows for better stability when riding in fresh powder snow Excellent boards for quick edge changes and fast downhill speeds Less forgiving on turns, so not good boards for beginners Usually the most expensive boards


16 Snowboard Characteristics Length- the board should come between your nose and chin when standing up on the ground Width- usually depends on your foot size; the board should be wide enough so your toes or heels don’t dig into the snow when turning Weight- lighter rider = lighter board, and vice versa Price- anywhere from $99 to $700, depending on what you want to (and can) spend Graphics- many people consider this very important because it is a personal reflection of themselves Graphics should be considered only after all other characteristics are taken into account, but this rarely happens. Most people buy a certain board because it looks cool

17 Snowboard Sizing Chart

18 Snowboard Bindings The primary function of Snowboard Bindings is to transfer the movement of your body to the board in the most efficient manner There are 3 types of Snowboard Bindings: 1.Step-In Bindings 2.Strap-On Bindings 3.Flow-In Bindings

19 Step-In Bindings Allow your boot to attach to your board simply by stepping down and clicking into it Best for beginners because it is the easiest way to attach to your board Require Step-In Boots which are harder and stiff because you don’t have support from straps Not good for tricks or advanced riding because of lack of support Forces a limited selection of boots

20 Step-In Bindings

21 Strap-On Bindings Original and most popular type of Snowboard Binding This is because they are easily adjustable, more secure, and usually more comfortable Nowadays, these bindings are being made of lighter and stronger materials On the back there is a Highback Plate which supports the heel On the front there are 2 or 3 straps (3 straps is uncommon) that support the toe Less convenient for beginners because they have to sit down to strap their board on. However, once you become more experienced, you can strap in while standing Can use softer, more comfortable boots because the straps provide all the support

22 Strap-On Bindings

23 Flow-In Bindings Newer Hybrid version of Step-In and Strap-On Bindings Have the ease of a Step-In and the support of a Strap-On Binding Consists of a back plate lever that flips backward You slide your foot forward into the binding and fold up the back plate These bindings are harder to adjust than Strap-On Bindings

24 Flow-In Bindings

25 Snowboard Boots Everyone has a different foot- so everyone prefers a different boot Harder, less flexible boots are used with Step-In Bindings Softer, flexible, and generally more comfortable boots are used with Strap-On/Flow-In Bindings Want your boot to be warm, waterproof, and comfortable Too small of a boot will cause your feet to hurt Too big of a boot is a problem because you will experience heel lift- puts a gap between your foot and the board, which leads to less-responsive turning

26 Snowboard Boots

27 Other Snowboard Equipment Leash- strap that attaches your front boot directly to your board; required by most ski resorts to avoid runaway boards Stomp-Pad- textured pad that you stand your back foot on while coming off the chairlift Jackets/Pants/Gloves- main concerns are warmth and waterproof Goggles- avoid glare from snow, UV protection, and keeps the wind out of your eyes

28 Evaluation: It is entirely up to YOU.


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