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Science of Snowboarding

The first "snowboard" was really two skis tied together. From those humble beginnings sprang a major new sport. It made its debut in the Winter Olympics in 1998.

The science behind snowboarding — and the design and technology applied to it — is now inspiring snowboarders to even greater heights. Take a look.

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Peak Heat

Peak Heat

See how the snowboarding giant teamed up with the Thinsulate creator to produce the Burton Hackett Snowboard Jacket, which keeps athletes warm while letting them move more freely. More...

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3M
How Tech Is Making Snowboarding Even More Awesome

How Tech Is Making Snowboarding Even More Awesome

New technological innovations are being applied to existing sports technology, supercharging already awesome activities — like snowboarding. Find out how. More...

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Phys.org
Liza Brooks: Technical Director at True Snowboards

Liza Brooks: Technical Director at True Snowboards

Meet Liza Brooks, a world expert in snowboard design and technology. Find out the path she took to become a snowboard designer and about her life on the slopes. More...

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National STEM Centre
A Snowboard Made of Flax, Cashew, and Coke Bottles

A Snowboard Made of Flax, Cashew, and Coke Bottles

How to build a better snowboard? A team of British scientists set out to answer that challenge and built a high-performance biocomposite board. More...

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Outside
Fact or Friction? Snowboard Science

Fact or Friction? Snowboard Science

As snowboarders maneuver, they have to deal with friction — the resistance caused when one object touches another. Find out how important static and fluid friction are to the sport. More...

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PBS
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Physics of Snowboarding

Physics of Snowboarding

Ready for an in-depth look at the science of snowboarding? Learn about the physics of skidding, carving, aerial maneuvers, and even the maintenance of the snowboard. More...

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Real World Physics Problems
Slippery Slopes and Sticking Surfaces

Slippery Slopes and Sticking Surfaces

Get a hands-on look at friction — its causes, forces, and how it affects your speed on a playground slide — with this experiment. How can you apply what you learn to snowboarding? More...

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Science Buddies
Snowboarding Science: The Physics of the Halfpipe

Snowboarding Science: The Physics of the Halfpipe

In this collection of videos, find out the physics behind the halfpipe with Shaun White, Sage Kotsenburg, ESPN, and the Winter X Games. More...

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Planet Science
The Science of Skiing v Snowboarding

The Science of Skiing v Snowboarding

Which is superior? That's the perennial feud of the slopes. Can science provide a definitive answer to the snow-sports battle? More...

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The Economist
Top 10 Important Moments in Snowboarding History

Top 10 Important Moments in Snowboarding History

Snowboarding has risen rapidly in popularity, being added to the Winter Olympics in 1998. Investigate the sport's technology and milestones. More...

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Smithsonian
Why It Might Be Possible to Go Snowboarding on Mars

Why It Might Be Possible to Go Snowboarding on Mars

Some interesting pictures of trails down a Martian mountain has scientists wondering what caused them. And that led to thoughts of snowboarding on Mars. More...

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io9
Wonky Snowboards Make Perfect Turns

Wonky Snowboards Make Perfect Turns

How can an equation change the design of snowboards? See how mathematicians are increasing the maximum velocity of skiers and snowboarders. More...

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ABC

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