It is difficult to pin point one person when saying who built or rode the first snowboard, as many people must have figured out how to slide down a hill on something hard, surely every kid who lives where it snow has tried something of the sort, therefore it would be unfair to say someone invented the snowboard. However, there were some people who built snowboards like sleds, one of which was “Jack” Burchett. This man is the first recorded to try anything like snowboarding, therefore deserves a slot in snowboarding history. What he did was cut out a piece of wood from a plank and then attempted to secure both his feet to the wood with horse reins and clothesline, this was in 1929.
Nothing was recorded for the snowboarding history for 30 years after this incident, but in 1965 a man named Sherman Poppen invented The Snurfer as a playtoy for his young daughter. He made it by tying together two skis and attaching a strong rope to the nose, so that the rider could hold it to maintain balance and stability. His daughter began to use her “new toy” frequently, and eventually all her friends and their friends wanted a Snurfer too. Not long after his “invention”, Poppen had licensed his invention to a well known manufacturer, where by the year 1966 the Snurfer sold more than half a million pieces.
After a lot of “playing” with the Snurfer, which was seen to be a kids sport or activity, a real snowboard was eventually made in 1969. Dimitrije Milovich came up with the idea of snowboarding when he had taken a likely to sliding down hills on cafeteria trays from college. He began making snowboards and even had some articles published in newspapers and magazines about his new found sport. This helped in getting the sport known and popular. Soon many people knew about it and went to “Winterstick” which was the name of the company Milovich started in 1972, and bought themselves a snowboard.
Some other people took a liking to making, or attempting to make snowboards after Milovich left his business in 1980. They made different kinds of boards; some of these original ideas are still used today, just slightly modified to suit today’s technology. Snowboarding history goes back a long way, but today it has come to be a very popular sport that thousands take part in each year.