I’ve dug through the archives to find a February 1990 issue of TWS. The cover features John Boyer shredding a heel side turn complete with ear warmers, and a fresh new pair of Oakley shades. Things were different back in the early 90′s. Riders weren’t doing ridiculous spins, rails were used to walk down stairs, and urban snowboarding was non-existent. It’s safe to say snowboarding has come a long way. To see just how far we’ve come, I’ve inspected the current February 2011 issue of TWS and compared the types of photos (ad’s included) featured in our magazine. Trends have changed in the past 11 years, and just about every aspect of snowboarding has evolved. Just take a look at these numbers!

feb1990-feb-2011

—————————FEBRUARY 1990 ————–FEBRUARY 2011———————–

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PHOTO LOCATIONS

Park:                                            5                                                13

Backcountry:                             5                                                 31

Urban:                                        0                                                 17

PHOTOS OF TRICKS

Hand Plant:                              3                                                  1

Straight Air:                              2                                                  0

Straight Grab:                         16                                                 11

Rails:                                          0                                                 10

Feb 1990 Snapshots: Craig Kelly, Jean Nerva, Todd Richards

Feb 1990 Snapshots: Craig Kelly, Jean Nerva, Todd Richards