Most people think the origin of snowboarding was similar to that of skateboarding – surfers got bored when there were no waves and were looking for a way to ‘surf’ the streets. Then they got old and tired of falling down and skateboarding was too hard, so they started ‘surfing’ the snow in the mountains. Well… not quite. Across the pond in Petran, Turkey locals have been doing their version of snowboarding for about 300 years in a tiny sub-culture. And you thought we were misfits! Pretty trippy seeing snowboarding portrayed completely differently than we are used to, yet very cool. The world’s very first snowboarders are some truly badass people. Patagonia did up this short doc style video of going back to Turkey to get educated on the early days and had shredder Alex Yoder narrate and direct.


“The people of Petran, Turkey, have been snowboarding for roughly 300 years. It’s not snowboarding as we know it, but you’ll recognize it. In this film by WRKSHRT, we follow Alex Yoder and Nick Russell into Turkey’s Kaçkar Mountains on a quest to unearth the unlinked heritage of snowboarding and have some fun in the process.”



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