March 2017: FIS Snowboard World Championships
From the 7th to the 19th of March, competitors from around the world will come to Sierra Nevada in Spain to show off their skills in the disciplines of Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Big Air and more. The earliest version of a snowboard dates back to 1929, and was little more than a plank of plywood. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s the sport became increasingly popular, and equipment became increasingly advanced.
Today’s snowboards still start out with a wooden core, but they also contain fiberglass and steel. After the wood is cut and laminated, steel edges are attached to give riders more control. Then lightweight fiberglass made from raw materials such as silica sand, limestone and soda ash is added to the top and bottom. Then resin binds it all together. Stainless steel inserts are placed on top of the board, which the riders step into with their boots. And the riders we’ll see at this year’s world championships are sure to impress.