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1. Harvey and Gunnnar Burgeson File For the Very First Snowboard Patent

A look at some of the key moments that have shaped snowboarding into what it is today

17:00 1st November 2013 by Sam Oetiker
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A 'Bunker': the first patented snowboard in history. / Photo: Stephanie Dorn, via Transworld Snowboarding

A ‘Bunker’: the first patented snowboard in history. / Photo: Stephanie Dorn, via Transworld Snowboarding

Even though rudimentary snowboards can be traced back to pre 1850′s Turkey, where people supposedly used modified wooden tablets to travel between villages, the first official snowboard invention lies with Vern Wicklund and the Burgeson brothers.

Wicklund built the modified sled shown above when he was 13 in 1917, and along with the Burgeson bros, had it patented in 1939. Only 5 were ever made.

Don’t believe that these things ever existed? Well check the guys scoring some fresh lines on them waaay back in the 1940s:

  1. Keith

    i feel like halldor should be on this list somewhere…

  2. Oscar

    Yeah, maybe in ten years.

  3. Teo

    I was there in -96 and I’m still snowboarding every weekend in the winters.i

  4. Brandon

    JP did the first double cork. Should probably mention his and Jeremy’s influence as well as Love/Hate’s obvious influence. And Scott E Wittlake

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