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Modern snowboarding began in 1965 when Sherman Poppen invented a toy for his daughter which consisted of two skis fastened together. Deeming his creation the "Snurfer", Poppen licensed the item and sold close to a million of them. Throughout the 1970's many snowboard prototypes like the Snurfer were created but it wasnt until 1977 that Jake Burton Carpenter perfected designs like the Snurf into the snowboard desgin that is used today.
Snowboarding began to rise rapidly in popularity throughout the 1980's. In 1982 the first National snowboard race was held at Woodstock Vermont. With the rise in snowboard competitions and public popularity, it was recognized as an official sport in 1985. In 1994 the International Snowboard Association was founded to provide universal contest regulation.
Today snowboarding is a widespread sport that many sports enthusiasts partake in once the winter months come around.