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.
[First published in Transworld SNOWboarding, February 2005]
By Dennis Nazari
Photography by James Cassimus
Bindings went high-tech again with the Burton P1 binding. A hinged highback system allowed independent adjustment of highback rotation and forward lean. Baseplate stiffeners, super-soft gel straps, and two different stiffnesses to choose from [MD and HD] made it state of the art. PHOTO: James Cassimus