Snowboarding: The Ultimate Guide

Snowboarding: The Ultimate Guide

Hardback Greenwood Guides to Extreme Sports

By (author) Holly Thorpe

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  • Publisher: Greenwood Press
  • Format: Hardback | 205 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 23mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 6 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Westport
  • ISBN 10: 0313376220
  • ISBN 13: 9780313376221
  • Illustrations note: 26
  • Sales rank: 1,342,844

Product description

While snowboarding didn't become a commercial success until the early 1980s, the roots of the modern snowboard go back to at least 1964, when Sherman Poppen invented the "Snurfer" by bolting two skis together and adding a rope for stability. Today snowboarding is one of the most prominent and appealing youth sports. Want proof? Professional snowboarder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White was the highest paid athlete entering the 2010 Winter Olympics with an estimated annual salary of $10 million. The book is a highly accessible and extensive overview of snowboarding, providing an introduction to the sport and lifestyle of snowboarding; a historical timeline of the rapid growth of snowboarding; techniques and equipment used; and a discussion of key places and events, such as Alaska, Winter X Games, and the Winter Olympics.

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Author information

Holly Thorpe is senior lecturer in the Department of Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, where she teaches courses on the social psychology of sport and physical culture. Her published works include the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports (with Douglas Booth) and Snowboarding Bodies in Theory and Practice. She has won academic awards and been published in journals including Journal of Sport and Social Issues, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Sociology of Sport Journal. Thorpe was an active participant in snowboarding competitions, and continues to pursue fresh snow around the world.