The History of …

Mountain Biking

One of the first examples of bicycles modified specifically for off-road use is the expedition of Buffalo Soldiers from Missoula, Montana to Yellowstone and back in August 1896. Another early example of riding bicycles off-road is when road racing cyclists used cyclo-cross as a means of keeping fit during the winter. The sport was remarkably akin to present-day mountain biking.  Read more


The History of BMX

The passion for thrill seeking has existed ever since the first caveman stepped out, saw the sun shining and thought this would be a good day to invent the wheel. The history of the BMX bike doesn’t go back quite this far, but the same sentiment is present in today’s riders as was in the heart of that caveman. Read more


The History of Skiing

From the moment men first made their way up into Alpine mountains, among the sparsely located pine trees and virgin fields of fresh snow, there must have been at least one among them who wondered how to take advantage of the slippery substance, siding down the entire length of the mountain at breakneck speeds. Read more


The History of Snowboards

The curious history of the snowboard would seem to make it an obvious invention but the winter board didn’t really reach fruition until about 35 years ago. Since then that invention has exploded from continent to continent. It captures elements of skiing and sledding, of surfing and skateboarding. Read more


The History of Wakeboards

To understand the origins of wakeboarding we have to throw our mind’s eye back to the 1960′s. This was a time when water sports was looking for new thrills, new ways to feel a unique contact with water. Few people other than surfers and water-skiers understood that connection, the almost spiritual link to the raw power of the incoming tide, and the ebb and flow of the surf. Read more


The History of Water Sports

We’ve been swimming, snorkeling and playing basic water sports for centuries, but the true water sports, the ones loved for harnessing the power of the waves and the strength of the tide, came to us from distant exotic islands where man was as at home in the warm water as he was on land. Read more

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