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Snowboarding: The Ultimate Guide (Greenwood Guides to Extreme Sports)by Holly. Thorpe
Synopses & Reviews
While snowboarding didn't become a commercial success until the early 1980s, the roots of the modern snowboard go back to at least 1964, when Sherman Poppen invented the "Snurfer" by bolting two skis together and adding a rope for stability. Today snowboarding is one of the most prominent and appealing youth sports. Want proof? Professional snowboarder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White was the highest paid athlete entering the 2010 Winter Olympics with an estimated annual salary of $10 million.
The book is a highly accessible and extensive overview of snowboarding, providing an introduction to the sport and lifestyle of snowboarding; a historical timeline of the rapid growth of snowboarding; techniques and equipment used; and a discussion of key places and events, such as Alaska, Winter X Games, and the Winter Olympics.
Book News Annotation:
In this reference for general readers in middle school and up, Thorpe (U. of Waikato, New Zealand) draws on six years of research on snowboarding culture in Canada, France, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the US. As part of her research, she interviewed 80 novice to professional snowboarders, as well as Olympic judges, snowboarding magazine editors and journalists, photographers and filmmakers, shop owners and employees, instructors and coaches, and equipment manufacturers and designers. To begin the book, the author explains the concept of 'extreme' as it applies to the cultural and physical environment of snowboarding, then outlines the history of snowboarding and reviews science related to the physics of freestyle snowboarding and avalanches. Also discussed are heroes of the sport and technical aspects of equipment, training, and rescues. The book includes a glossary and many b&w photos. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book provides a comprehensive look at the snowboarding phenomenon, including its history; techniques and equipment; biographies of the sport's pioneers, athletes, and heroes; key sites and events; and future directions.
In snowboarding's infancy, it didn't have many fans. Many ski resorts in North America banned the early snowboarders; in 1988, Time magazine declared snowboarding "the worst new sport." Surprisingly, it's grown from being a marginal activity for a few oddball participants to an Olympic sport with mass appealin just four decades.
• Written by an author who is both an internationally recognized scholar of extreme sport and a long-time snowboarding enthusiast
• Offers the first comprehensive, academically informed, and accessible overview of snowboarding
• Draws upon an extensive array of the most up-to-date and relevant sources
• Draws on interviews with more than 100 snowboarders
• Provides a chronology of snowboarding, starting from the mid 1960s to the present
• Includes biographical sketches of pioneers, athletes, and heroes, such as Jake Burton, Shaun White, and Craig Kelly
• Includes numerous photographs illustrating snowboarding in different sites, key events, and various styles of participation
• A bibliography lists the most useful, reliable, and accessible resources for understanding the topic, including videos and organizational listings
• A glossary defines key terms
• Each chapter includes interesting sidebars on related issues, controversies, people, events, and even pop culture tie-ins
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