Developed in the US in the 1960s, and derived from surfing, skiing, sledging, and skateboarding, snowboarding is considered one of the most exciting sports that you could undertake on the slopes. Although a relative baby in the world of competitive sport, snowboarding’s popularity has exceeded anybody’s wildest dreams, and it continues to draw huge crowds of fresh snow sports fanatics each season. What is it about boarding that people love so much?
Snowboarding versus skiing
Snowboarding is often seen as the less stuffy cousin of skiing and, while both can be fantastic fun, the former is certainly viewed as more adrenaline-fuelled than the latter. While skiing’s history dates back almost five millennia, snowboarding is a relative newbie. It has exploded, particularly in the last two decades, and offers riders the option of taking the slope on at speed, performing a few amazing tricks on the way down, or making a slow and steady descent; in short, snowboarding is often heralded for the freedom it offers people over skiing, and will probably continue to be viewed as the more daring of the two.
Snowboarding: it’s all about the preparation
There are those who claim that snowboarding is much harder to pick up than skiing as it uses the whole body to navigate rather than just the legs, while others would perhaps say that being able to use every limb to traverse the slope is far easier than relying on your legs to go in the right direction. Whatever camp you’re in, it’s important to at least know the basics before you throw yourself down any slopes; from rail riding and freeriding, to jibbing and free carving, there are so many styles for you to master.
Whether you’re a skier wondering what all the fuss is about, or a complete snow novice in search of your next adrenaline rush, there are far worse things you could be doing than taking up snowboarding; get ready to feel the adrenaline as you head for the slopes – it’s going to be quite the ride.
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