Snowboarding has come a long way since it was created by Sherman Poppen in 1965.
With more than 7.2 million enthusiasts and international championships held all over the world, the game is constantly evolving from it was invented back in 1965.
Let’s look at some snowboarding facts about the game that grew from humble beginnings into a worldwide phenomenon in less than 5 decades.
1. Since its beginning, and due to its growing popularity among skiers, snowboarding enthusiasts often faced a reluctant attitude from skiing enthusiasts.
In the early days, the two subcultures differed between snowboarders and skiers.
Their differences ranged from: talking style, game style, attire and communities.
As the snowboarding culture was an easy transition from surfing and skateboarding, it was easy for more people to become snowboarding fans.
The stereotype associated with snowboarders has decreased as there has been a significant rise in snowboarders, which has lead to demographic changes.
2. Up until 20 years ago, the rivalry between skiers and snowboarders was so bad that snowboarding enthusiasts could hardly find resorts that supported them.
However, now there are hardly any skiing resorts that don’t have snowboarders.
3. Before selecting a snowboard, you need to decide the type of snowboarding you will be doing. There are mainly 3 types of snowboards namely: freeride, freestyle and racing.
The structural composition and shape of each of these is unique to a type of snowboarding technique.
Freeride, however, is the most popular among the three.
4. According to a number of reports, snowboarders now make up more than 30% of all revenues in the skiing industry. In particular, this includes the revenues of skiing resorts and equipment.
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5. Over the years, more than 10 snowboarding styles have evolved among the snowboarding fans, most of which have also been introduced into national and international competitions.
Some of the most common ones include: Jibbing, Freeriding, Freestyle, Alpine Snowboarding, Slopestyle, Half-Pipe, Big Air, etc.
6. Medical reports suggest that more than half of all snowboarding injuries occur in the upper body and remaining in the lower body.
However, the injury rate is less than one percent (about 4-6 per thousand snowboarders) per day. This is twice the injury rate for alpine skiing.
7. Medical reports also suggest that most snowboarding injuries are from sprains to the wrists, that may sometimes become severe in the form of wrist fraction and sprains.
Altogether, there are around 100,000 wrist fractures among snowboarders every year.
Statistics also suggest that these injuries are more common among non-trained and first time snowboarders without professional instructors.
8. Inspired by surfing and skateboarding, the game reached its peak popularity in 1998 when it was introduced in the Olympics.
Is Snowboarding Popular?
The game is still in its early stages as new styles and tricks are being introduced every now and then.The rise of snowboarding has constantly found new enthusiasts from all corners of the skiing industry. So much so, that we have listed our favorite snowboarding movies.