In the depths of his tool shed, Poppen produced the “Snurfer”, a binding-less board of plywood, having a leash connected to the front, that the driver held onto because he rode the snow. He offered the concept to some manufacturer, and 500, 000 Snurfers left the shelves within the 60s and early 70s, giving rise to a different type of snow sport. Many riders such as the now legendary Tom Sim cards and Mike Burton devoted themselves to the introduction of this new practice, flowing new ideas and technologies in to the construction and designs of boards and bindings, eventually giving rise towards the snowboards that people ride today.
However, in individuals beginning, skiing was still being greatly an elitist sport. Viewed as costly, and catering largely up to the more wealthy people, resorts weren’t going to permit this to new, harmful craze to their exclusive runs. The youthful snowboarding crowd just didn’t fit the demographic the resorts or their skiing clients desired to see on their own slopes.
Cast in to the Wilds
So, right until the late seventies, snowboarding was cast out in to the wilds. Outlawed from nearly every resort around the world, these renegade riders were banned towards the back country, in which a hardcore couple of ongoing to build up their abilities and cultivate the game from the limelight from the world’s groomed pistes.
It was not until 1977, that the guy named Dimitrije of Salt Lake city, (founding father of the snowboard company Winterstick), accomplished getting snowboards covered under ski insurance, that snowboarding started to get more broadly recognized by ski resorts, which brought to some boost in recognition.