There's an old joke that snowboarding was created by combining skiing with alcohol...lots of alcohol. That fact might be debatable, but the bottom line is that snowboarding has been a rapidly growing sport since it was developed in the 1960s. It even took the monumental step of becoming an Olympic sport in 1998.
The idea for snowboarding started in 1965 when an engineer named Sherman Poppen created a toy for his daughters by connected two skis together and attaching a rope so he would have some control as they glided down a hill. The activity was soon dubbed "snurfing" (combining surfing and snow) by his wife. Regardless, Poppen eventually took his idea to Brunswick Corporation, which ended up selling millions over the next decade.
Interestingly, devotees of this new sport starting creating their own versions of their "surfers," which evolved into not only the sport that we know today as snowboarding, but the snowboards themselves.
All it takes is a single trip to a store that sells snowboards and related equipment to see that snowboarding can be virtually anything you want it to be. Snowboards come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, materials, and designs. Literally, whatever your needs and wants for a snowboard, you can get it.
Snowboarding can be described much by combing the board, which looks much like an oversized skateboard with skiing. The movement of the board is achieved as much by the rider shifting is weight as the gravity which acts to move the board along the intended course. But if you think that the fun stops when you get to the bottom of a slope, you would be wrong. Instead, snowboarders incorporate many variations to their sport which only create new realms of fun.
Snowboarding is, pardon the expression, "intoxicatingly" fun. Just when you think you will have all the fun you can have, you can take part in some of the other activities of snowboarding. Jibbing, for example, is when you begin your ride on snow, but when you come to a given obstacle, such as a hand railing, you jump your board so that you literally ride the railing or other structure. Not enough speed for you? Then maybe you should try half-pipes, which is where you run your snowboard over a semi-circular ditch carved in the snow, resulting in a back-and-forth rocking down the course.
Wanna fly? Big air is for you. Big air is when you perform tricks after you launch off of a man made jump that is built specifically for the event. It's much like ski jumping, except that you perform tricks of varying difficulty until you reach the end in a safe landing.
Finally, just as is the case with so many sports, snowboarding has found racing, which is for those adrenaline junkies who can't seem to get their thrills any other way. Just put a group of snowboarders together, and let them go.