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Boards - A Brief History of the Snowboard

Peter Radacher
EUR k.A. Anzahl:  
The board – it starts with an idea. Lines on a sketchpad which, when fi nished, create the shape of the snowboard.

The base, made out of P-Tex (a thermoplastic Polyethylene material), is introduced into the shaped metal mold. Steel edges are inserted, bent to the shape of the mold and cut to size at the sides.

Next, resin is applied and a band of rubber is placed over the edge anchors. The first layer of fi berglass follows. This layer of fabric absorbs the resin, and then the heart of the snowboard is placed on to it: the wood core. This consists of a variety of diff erent woods, which are sawn into strips, glued together and milled with millimeter accuracy into the shape of the board being produced.

At the sides, sidewalls made of ABS plastic are attached, as well as plastic at the front and rear. Inserts are placed. Resin and fi berglass follow next, perhaps strengthened with layers of carbon. Finally, the last layer is added from above: the topsheet, on which the board’s graphics are printed. The mold is then closed and put into a press. Under high pressure and with signifi cant heat, the materials react and form something new: a snowboard.

Today, all snowboards are produced in this way, or at least in a very similar manner. But to reach the point we are at now, boards underwent a multitude of developmental stages. It has been a long road from a simple plank of wood to the sophisticated, modern snowboards of the current era.