“Doug Waugh was the pioneer of halfpipe grooming machines and set the
for everyone else to follow,” says Ted Martin, FIS World Cup race
“He made an incredible contribution to the sport of snowboarding...
Waugh was a mechanical engineer, an entreprenuer and a down to
who invented a revolutionary machine that made it possible
for snowboarding to become an Olympic sport.
In 1990, Waugh designed
the Pipe Dragon
and sold the design to a
But the manufacturer didn’t think
become a viable sport,
so Waugh bought back his
designs and launched his own
company, Pipe Dragon, Inc.
Within nine years,
Waugh and four work associates made over 120 Pipe Dragons for resorts
around the world, and later manufactured the Super Dragon which could build pipes with a larger radius and seventeen-foot high walls.
Waugh was also invited to the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, which was the first time the Olympics recognized snowboarding as an official competitive sport. The Pipe Dragon was the first official Olympic halfpipe builder in history.
After it's debut in Nagano, “The riders all commented that it was one of the best pipes they had ever ridden.”
Shortly after he found great success, and world wide recognition for his invention, sadly, he lost his battle to cancer in 1999. Waugh was only 54 years old when he passed away
in his Colorado home. He is survived by his wife, five
daughters and seven grandchildren.