Matt Capozzi and Nate Connolly were Hampshire College students in 1996. They were also avid snowboarders who were eager to increase access to the sport they loved. They designed a snowboard for people with disabilities from PVC pipe, a camp chair, and glue (see the photo in their invention notebook), but the snowboard and its rider tended to tip over. To increase stability and maneuverability, they added a back bar and a pole. They also made their next prototype stronger and lighter by constructing it from molded carbon fiber.