The modern snowboard was invented in mid-Sixties America, but the roots of boarding go back centuries. Turkish villagers in the remote Kackar mountains have been riding sideways on wooden boards for at least 150 years and possibly as long as 400 years. Like other early snowboard pioneers, they tie a short length of rope to the nose of the board for better control. Americans Gunnar and Harvey Burgeson and Vern Wicklund patented a similar ‘Sno-Surf’ board in 1939, but it never took off. In the Sixties, ‘snurfing’ boards built by Tom Sims and Sherman Poppen gained widespread popularity, eventually evolving into the modern snowboard we’re familiar with today.
Answered by Dave Roos