American Sherman Poppen created the first commercial snowboard around 1965. Poppen fixed two skis together for his daughter to use while surfing down a snow hill. The board did not have any kind of binding.
1970: Dimitrije Milovich, a surfer from the United States' East Coast, brings a key change to the sport. Milovich begins limited production of custom boards with iron edges.
1982: The first international snowboard race is held in Suicide Six, outside Woodstock, Vermont. The race consists of a steep icy kamikaze downhill run called “the face.”
1983: United States hosts the first World Championships.
1990: International Snowboarding Federation (ISF) is created as a ruling body for international competition.
1998: Snowboarding debuts at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Athletes compete in the giant slalom and halfpipe events. Ross Rebagliati of Canada wins the men's giant slalom event, Gian Simmen of Switzerland captures the gold in men's halfpipe, Karine Ruby of France wins the women's giant slalom and Nicola Thost of Germany takes the gold in women's halfpipe.