Early snowboarders designed and rode boards that emulated surfing. As the sport evolved it was influenced and shaped by popular culture. Gymnastics, Skateboarding, Alpine Skiing and Ski Schools all played a roll in shaping the culture.
Many modern snowboarders have never ridden a wave on a surfboard. Those of us that still like to surf the snow can now ride and compete on purpose built boards that pay tribute to the original snowboard surfers!