Off the Chain: An Insider's History of Snowboarding

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Greystone Books Limited, Mar 23, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 160 pages
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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 sport’s early days, when the pioneers built their own boards and snuck onto the slopes. Author Rebagliati profiles snowboarding’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 snowboarding’s first megastar. He’s unsparing in revealing the sport’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.

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Ross Rebagliati, winner of the first-ever Olympic gold medal in snowboarding and a member of the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, is currently the director of snowboarding and skiing for Kelowna Mountain and founder of the Rebagliati Alpine Snowboard Training Academy (RASTA), which hosts training camps in Canada, Italy and Austria. He works for many charitable causes, snowboarding with sick and disabled children for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and raising money for the Canadian Diabetes Association. He has also begun advocating for environmental conservation, including a plan to build windmills to provide energy in the Interior of B.C. He lives in Kelowna, B.C.

Ross Rebagliati's Career Higlights
2007 Named Director of Snowboard and Ski Operations for Kelowna Mountain
2005 Inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame
1998 Olympic Gold Medal, Nagano, Japan
1997 1st Place - World Cup, Giant Slalom, Whistler
1996 1st Place - World Cup, Super G, Whistler
1996 1st Place - World Cup, Giant Slalom, Sestriere
1994 1st Place - European Championships
1994 1st Place - U.S. Open
1992 1st Place - Mount Baker Banked Slalom Pro Division
1991 Canadian Amateur Snowboard Champion
1991 Overall U.S. Amateur Champion

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