[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
8. Winterstick had a slightly different approach. It used a floating, adjustable strap made of elastic webbing material that connected to the board at three points. A surf-style leash was attached to a pop-out brake that prevented runaway boards in a fluffy Utah powder. Note the traction bumps molded right into the top of the board. PHOTO: James Cassimus