Did you know modern snowboarding was invented in 1965 when Sherman Poppen fastened two skis together for his daughters to play with in the snow? When one looks at photos like this one of Thora Bright in action, it’s difficult to believe the sport was actually invented barely fifty years ago.
Snowboarding was originally called snurfing (snow+surfer) by Poppen’s wife. Here’s a proof that snowboarders are also good surfers. This is Norwegian Staale Sandbech, a silver medalist from Sochi 2014.
When I researched the background for On the Slopes, I mostly focused on Norwegian Staale Sandbech and Australian Thora Bright.
Snowboarding became an Olympic sport at the 1998 winter games in Nagano, Japan. The games in Sochi in 2014 included slopestyle events for the first time, and in the next Winter Olympic games big-air will be included.
Even James Bond snowboards in A View to a Kill from 1985. Tom Sims was Roger Moore’s stunt double.