Snowboarding, often described as "surfing on snow" is a sport in which snowboarders slide down a slope by standing sideways on a trivial board about 150 cm (about 5 ft) long, attached to their feet. Snowboarding, which initiated in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s, borrows techniques and tricks from surfing and skateboarding. Snowboarding achieved reputation quickly because it is easy to learn and also most riders achieve expertise after just a small session.
The sense of freedom the sport offers, in terms of selecting the technique and performing drills, adds to its appeal.
Snowboarding can take place wherever skiing does, apart from on flat, cross-country trails. Poles are not used, which makes it difficult to traverse flat terrain. Deep snow is perfect. Most winter resorts now have special areas for snowboarding famous as half pipes.
Half pipe is an extended, deep channel shoveled in the snow and figured like a pipe, divided in two along its length. Riders jump in the channel, using the ramparts of the trench to launch themselves into the sky and perform a series of jumps and turns. Half pipes are situated in territory sporting arena, comprising of simple to semi difficult to difficult slopes amplified with a series of bumps and gaps, and other features that riders make use of for jumping and performing maneuvers. Tricks range from riding backwards to extravagant spins and flips performed in the half pipe.
Snowboarding requires a board, bindings, and boots, as well as appropriate clothing for the conditions. There are three basic types of boards:
Freestyle boards are the shortest and widest of the snowboards, to make turning and executing tricks effortless. They have double tips, a design in which both ends of the board turn up slightly to aid both forward and backward trek.
Carving boards are longer and rigid than freestyle boards and are directional (designed to travel mainly in one way).
All-mountain or most free ride boards are also directional. They fall in between freestyle and carving boards in terms of stiffness, length, and turning ability, and perform well in an array of conditions.
The outfits worn in competition permits skaters to convey a certain mood or theme, often revealed in the selection of music. Competitors must obey with costuming policy set by the ISU. For instance, bare midriffs are not allowed; excessive use of glitter, beads, or other beautification is prohibited; and men may not wear tights or sleeveless shirts. Security factors also come under thought in precision skating. To prevent unintended snagging on other skaters costumes, team members may not wear beaded or sequined costumes.