I started riding in 85 in Russia. Just a handful of us kids really. For a few years we made our own snurfies and skiboards, modeled them after pictures we saw in bootleg mags. Rode them like we would a skateboard. The first legit board I got was in 88 or 89 I think. It was an 87 Elite and I don't remember ever being happier to own anything in my life. I remember ski patrol chasing us all over the mountain, local cops knew us all by name and would call our parents, threaten to put us in juvies. Wow, quite a memory lane trip.