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History of Snowboarding Timeline Part 2: 1991 - 1995

The progression of snowboarding as it grew in the early 90's

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A snowboarder eating up the pow.

Matt Gibson
1990
  • The USASA held their first national championships at Snow Valley, California.

  • Jake Burton bought Bob Webber's skiboard patent and had Burton's lawyers send letters to other manufacturers asking for 3% of total sales. Other companies dared Burton to try and enforce the patent. He never did, and instead began to tell people that he bought the patent to prevent somebody else from buying it and ruining the industry.

  • Breckenridge Ski Corporation announced plans to make a Snowboarding Hall of Fame.

  • Vail built the first snowboard park, which other resorts quickly copied.

  • Santa Cruz expands from making only skateboarding products into snowboarding market, encouraging other skateboards to follow suit.

  • Terje Haakonsen made his debut performance at the US Open halfpipe competition.

  • The National Association of Professional Snowboarders disbanded and the The International Snowboard Federation was created with the aim of becoming a sanctioning body for international competition.
1991
  • The Victoria World Cup Japan was held on Japan's north island. With a one million dollar budget it was the best-funded to date.

  • The OP Wintersurf contest put pro snowboarders and surfers in competition with each other in surf contest and snowboarding obstacle course race.

  • As halfpipes got bigger, many riders started doing inverted airs in competition.
1992
  • The USASA and the United States Ski Association (USSA) held talks about merging into one organization, but the talks ultimately failed.

  • The first baseless bindings were produced.

  • The first of only two World Extreme Snowboarding Championships was held in Valdez, Alaska. The event was very small and received little media attention.

  • Terje Haakonsen won the US Open Snowboarding Men's Halfpipe competition.
1993
  • The first world championships organized by the International Snowboarding Federation were held in Ischgl, Austria.

  • More new snowboard manufacturers open up shop. By this point more than 50 companies were manufacturing and selling snowboards.

  • Blunt Magazine, published by DC Shoes, released its first issue. The magazine would later be taken over by the popular skateboarding magazine Big Brother, and then sold with Big Brother to Larry Flynt who would later shut down both publications.

  • The International Ski Federation (FIS) held a vote to recognize snowboarding, and the vote passed. Feelings about this in the snowboarding industry were mixed.

  • ESPN started airing Snowboarder TV.

  • Transworld Snowboarding Video Magazine launched.
1994
  • Snowboarders hoped that the Norwegians would hold a snowboarding exhibition at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, but the FIS prevented the event from taking place.

  • Slovenia hosted the first-ever Amateur World Championships.

  • Baseless bindings hit the mainstream at the SIA Trade Show. Many people called them the next big thing for snowboarding. Boy, were they wrong.

  • Step in hard boot bindings were also introduced.

  • The USSA and USASA both hold national amateur snowboarding championships and both claim to have the 'official' national snowboarding team.

  • The World Extreme Snowboarding Championship was replaced by the King of the Hill, a similar, but distinct, event also held in Valdez, Alaska.

  • Ride Snowboards went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. It was the first snowboard company in history to make a public offering.

  • A vote was held by members of the FIS to include snowboarding under their jurisdiction. The vote passed. Snowboarders, and the ISF, were upset by the decision.

  • President of the ISF Ted Martin asked the International Olympic Committee to recognize the ISF as snowboarding's governing body. The IOC tersely replied that the ISF would have to talk to the FIS about getting snowboarding into the Olympics because it was the governing body for the sport.

  • Canadian beer company Molson ran a commercial that featured snowboarding footage shot by snowboard video pioneers FLF Films and riders Damian Sander, Dave Seoane, and others.
1995
  • US Snowboarding -- a branch of the US Ski and Snowboard Association -- created the first US National Snowboarding Team to compete on the first World Cup Tour (organized by the FIS), which was held the same year in countries around the world.

  • The Big Air event debuted at the US Open Snowboarding Championships.

  • Heckler magazine became the first snowboard magazine to be published online.

  • Five manufacturers introduced soft step in bindings. Lots of people started calling them the next big thing in snowboarding. Boy, were they wrong..again.

  • Rob Morrow stepped down as president of Morrow Snowboards. A short time later the company went public.

  • Preston Binding Company, a subsidiary of Ride Snowbaords, sued Switch Manufacturing for patent infringement.

  • Tom Sims cut ties with DNR/Sportsystem and filed for a restraining order to prevent them from using the Sims name.

  • Late in the year the International Olympic Committee officially decided to allow snowboarding into the Olympics.
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