Much like any other sport, snowboarding has a rich history; full of enthusiastic spectators, athletes and annual events. What separates snowboarding from most traditional sports in commonplace society today however, is the rapid progression and extensive variations that the sport has undergone, since its recent founding in 1980 by the unofficial godfather of "shredding", Jake Burton. While this is all very well and interesting, what this humble shredder would like to direct its most esteemed reader to is the radical changes a sport so infantile has experienced in the last twenty-five years, an infinitesimal time compared to traditional sports that have been played for generations with no hint of variation except for the occasion logo or uniform. Snowboarding has undergone a vast array of changes; from its corporate and public support, to its participants, even to its fashion trends. It's been a long time coming, but for all you young shredsters out there seeking to brush up on some hill history, or those of you who don't associate yourselves with the sport for fear of a broken hip, here's the run down on the divergences the sport has undertake. Without further a due; snowboarding, a closer look at the old school versus the new school.
Joe and Jane Shredpants, we need to talk. If you're in the scene, then you know a large part of snowboarding is image; for those of you who aren't, now you do. Who's reppin' the gnarliest threads, who's just oozing steeze on the lift line? Well listen hear cause it wasn't always so. Snowboarding on the whole has gone down the collective, you get the idea. Remember when it use to be tough? When the sight of a group of snowboarders walking into the lodge would send mothers into protective dives for their children? Now, ten years later, we got the same moms handing kids juice boxes at the top of the pipe and giving them tips on how to do "Mac-Twists." While it is true that this is an inevitable sign of warmth, where are the...
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