Written by Sierra Rein
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Unlike other athletic ventures, snowboarding is an extremely young sport. Most snowboarding enthusiasts give the credit to the new sport to one Sherman Poppen, who in 1965 fastened two skis together for his young daughter to use in the snow. He took his invention (then called the "Snurfer") and began building an entire line for the public the following year.

Snowboarding became incredibly popular in the mid-1980s. Downhill skiers actually started to become exasperated by the fast, sporty snowboarders, and often demanded the sport be banned in popular ski resorts. Today, however, snowboarding is accepted as a fun and exciting winter sport, and is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States.

Choosing a Board for Snowboarding

As in surfboarding, it is important to choose the right size of board. This choice depends largely on the size of the snowboarder. A short board should be sized to the height of the rider's collarbone and chin, while the width should depend largely upon the rider's shoe size. A long board should fall between eye-level. When standing on the board in the official riding position, one's toes should neither be too close to the edge nor too far from it.

Individuals who are heavy for their height should purchase snowboards with a stiffer flex. Those who weigh less than normal for their height would do better with boards with a more pliant flex. Over the years, a rider will eventually find his or her preference and arrive at a size, flex, and design to fit his or her needs, and will use this standard when purchasing snowboarding equipment in the future.

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