A relative newcomer to the winter sports scene, snowboarding evolved in the 1960s from experimentation with several designs inspired by other applications, including the surf board, the slalom water ski and the bracing of two alpine skis together. As the design of the snowboard evolved, the sport grew phenomenally popular in the 1990s, particularly among young people. In 1994, the Federation International de Ski (FIS) recognized snowboarding and in 1998, the sport was included in the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.
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