History 101: Fathers Of Snowboarding


In honor of last weekend’s Father’s Day festivities, TransWorld SNOWboarding took a look back at those rad dads that collectively helped found the  sport and create the industry that today is snowboarding.

Here’s a compilation of the top seven who made the list. As a side note, TWSNOW also would like to mention a few key names in snowboarding’s history:

“Now we know that these are not the only ‘Fathers of Snowboarding’ but there’s only seven days in a week. Some of the other ‘Fathers’ that we would like to recognize are Sherman Poppin, Bob Barci, Bert LaMar, Tom BurtJamie Lynn,Terje HaakonsenChris RoachShawn Farmer, Damian Sanders, and many more who helped shape the sport into what it is today.”

Check out the entire, unabbreviated versions of these articles, written by TW SNOW’s Hondo, at TransWorld SNOW.com

1. Craig Kelly

Words by Hondo, TW SNOW

Craig Kelly is known to be the ‘Godfather’ of free-ridng. Craig brought so much to snowboarding, from the way we ride a snowboard, to the way we look when we ride a snowboard. Craig was a professional snowboarder up until the day he passed away in an avalanche near Revelstoke, BC.

Head here to see a piece written by Ken Achenbach about Craig from 1992.

Here’s more on Craig Kelly at TWSNOW.com.

Craig Kelly ripping a turn in 1989. PHOTO: Bud Fawcett

Check out Craig in the TransWorld SNOWboarding Video Magazine Ep1 from 1993 Here