Idaho Man Claims Snowboard Invention

by The Editors on April 9, 2010

Steve 819768808Add a new name to the list of people who have invented snowboarding: Steve Weill. The 58-year-old lutheir from Cocolalla, Idaho says he began snowboarding in 1959, according to a story in The River Journal.

Steve grew up in Southern California near the edge of the Pacific Ocean. He boated, surfed, and was one of the original snowboarders. . . “I invented snowboarding,” Steve said with a smile. “The first time I snowboarded was in 1959.” . . In the late 70s, Steve moved to Idaho and started building 16’ Whitehall rowing boats. He also built snowboards and spent plenty of time carving up Schweitzer Mountain on his handcrafted boards. . . “I wanted my son to carry on with Weill snowboards,” Steve said, “but they have gotten pretty high tech. Troy (one of his sons) still builds 16’ rowing boats.”

Weill will have a rough time beating out that village in Turkey or the Wickland’s Bunker Board, but it obviously doesn’t hurt to try.

[Link: The River Journal]

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