By: Nathan Schmitz
The history of snowboarding
The big names in the game
The big snowboard brand names
Jeremy Jones: he is accomplished at many things and could have gone further with them then he did (oakley). He could have been a pro skater, guitarist, a photographer or video man, or a motorcycle builder (oakely). He instead chose to take the path as a snowboard and is an icon today (oakley).
Terje Haakenson: Home country Norway, Probably the biggest legend of snowboarding (oakley). In his earlier years Terje pushed the limits of what anyone thought you could do on a snowboard going bigger and faster than anyone before (oakley). Terje is also known for his love of the sport and has often fought for snowboarders right. One way he showed this is by not participating in the 1998 Nagono Olympics (oakley).
The late Craig Kelly: in the 80's and 90's Kelly was on of the top tier snowboards in the world (Litsky). He had won 7 world snowboarding champion titles (Litsky). He also worked on and perfected back country riding. Kelly was killed on Jan. 20 2003 in an avalanche his memory was remember by the snowboarding world (Litsky).
The types of snowboarding
Tricks of the trade
There is the simple straight air which is just a jump. From the jump you can do spin tricks which you can do by adding rotations 180, 360, 540 and up you can land a full rotation which would be a 360, or a 720 and up or a half like 180, 540, and up. When doing a spin trick the name is usually shortened to the first number of the trick so a backside 360 would be a backside three.
Grab trick is a trick preformed in the air when you simply grab your board but where you grab it and with which and affects the name of the grab. The indy back hand toe edge between the bindings, mute front hand toe edge between bindings (afterbang). The melon front hand heel edge between the bindings, stalefish back hand heel edge between bindings (afterbang). The nose grab front hand on the nose of the board (afterbang). Tail grab back hand on tail of board (afterbang).
Rail grinds: a 50-50 is when you ride on the rail parallel to the rail with half the board on and half of hence the name 50-50. Board slide is when you ride the rail perpendicular to the rail with minimal board to rail contact. Many variations can be added to rail grinds by grinding on either the nose or the tail and the angle you grind at.
Some few last tricks that are fairly simple the "bonk" is when you ride up to an object and tap it with your board. The other is the butter it is when you tilt back on either the front or the back of the board and ride with a part of the board of the snow. The block when you rock back and forth on your board and then hop up quickly grabbing and holding either the nose or tail end of the board.
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