[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
5. In the mid 70s, different materials were tried on the earliest Burton prototypes: things like broken glass and aquarium gravel; a new 3M product also showed promise. A rubberized self-adhesive mat was later used as standard equipment on the first production Burton snowboards from 1977 through 1984. PHOTO: James Cassimus