[First published in Transworld SNOWboarding, February 2005]
In the beginning there was an urge to find different ways to get down a snow-covered hill, to be different, and to tinker. This account is not meant to issue bragging rights or lay down who’s-first claims (unless they are widely known,) but it’s an effort to educate and give thanks to the early pioneers who had the ingenuity and took the time to make snowboarding better. This is a simple account of the evolution of the snowboard binding.
By Dennis Nazari
Photography by James Cassimus
10. Burton tried a sideways water-ski approach to binding development. The front foot had a rubber strap that went over your foot and a single rear strap that kept the foot in the designated spot on the board but allowed it to be easily pulled out. This idea was used on the Burton Backhill models from 1979 to 1984. PHOTO: James Cassimus