Off the Chain

Off the Chain

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Off the Chain takes readers on a wild ride through the rise of snowboarding, from its hippie origins in the backwoods of Vermont and California to its present incarnation as a $150 billion global industry. Illustrated with 100 color photographs, Off the Chain begins with the sporta€™s early days, when the pioneers built their own boards and snuck onto the slopes. Author Rebagliati profiles snowboardinga€™s most notorious figures, explores the nature of snowboarding culture, and tells what touring as a young World Cup snowboarder is like. He traces the mainstreaming of the sport, the evolution of snowboard fashion, and the emergence of Shaun White as snowboardinga€™s first megastar. Hea€™s unsparing in revealing the sporta€™s more controversial aspects, from groupies to drugs, including his own experience having his gold medal revoked -- and then restored -- after failing a drug test. Rebagliati pulls no punches in this lively mix of personal memoir and sports history.Amateurs started making their own videos and passing them around, then snowboarding companies like Burton and Lib Tech started funding videos as well . And back then, before the industry consolidated after the stock market crash of theanbsp;...

Title:Off the Chain
Author:Ross Rebagliati
Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd - 2009


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