Buirdsports are sports that are played wi some sort o buird as the primary equipment. These sports tak place on a variety o terrain, frae pavit flat-grund an snaw covered hills tae watter an air. Maist buirdsports are considered action sports or extreme sports, an thus aften appeal tae youth. A lairge proportion o youth pairtakin in these sports, thegither wi aesthetic damage tae property frae sports like skatebuirdin, haes led tae mony buird sports being marginalized bi the greater warld o sports in the past. Housomeivver, many buird sports are iver-mair frequently gainin mainstream recognition, an wi this recognition hae enjoyed wider broadcast, sponsorship an inclusion in institutional sportin events, includin the Olympic Gemmes.
Surfin wis the first buirdsport, oreeginatin frae Polynesie cultur. Skatebuirdin wis then inventit bi surfers leukin tae "surf" on land. It is haurd tae estimate when maist buirdsports wur "inventit" acause fowk hae been makkin hamemade versions throughoot history. For example, it is no haurd tae conceive o a person, who is familiar wi the concept o skiin or sleddin, staundin sidelins on a plank o firth an ridin doun a snaw-covered slope. M.J. "Jack" Burchett is credited wi first doin this in 1929, uisin horse reins an clothesline tae secur his feet on the plank o firth. Most buirdsports hae similar, equally unkent oreegins.
Uisin data collectit in the past decade, it is estimatit there is 18-50 million skatebuirders, 5-25 million surfers. an 10-20 million snawbuirders in the warld. Approximately 100 million fowk pairticipate in buirdsports warldwide.
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