Snowboarding Snurfer prototype created by Sherman Poppen

Description (Brief):

Sherman Poppen, inventor of the snurfer, a predecessor of the modern snowboard needed a distraction for his two little girls on Christmas day in 1965. The kids were restless and his pregnant wife, Nancy, needed a break so Poppen took them outside to play in the Wisconsin snow. Bored with sledding, Poppen bound two children’s water skis together, tied a rope to the front and the Snurfer was born. Nancy combined the words “snow and surf” for the moniker “snurf” and pretty soon Poppen was building snurfers for all of the neighborhood kids. Poppen removed the front toe piece from the water skis and kept the nonskid pads for better grip on this first Snurfer.

Inventor: Poppen, Sherman R.

Web Subject: SportsName Of Sport: SnowboardingLevel Of Sport: recreationalWeb Subject: Invention


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Credit Line: Sherman R. Poppen

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2009.0092.01Accession Number: 2009.0092Catalog Number: 2009.0092.01

Object Name: prototypeprototype, snowboarding

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)rubber (overall material)Measurements: overall: 39 1/2 in x 5 in x 3 in; 100.33 cm x 12.7 cm x 7.62 cmoverall: 39 in x 5 in x 3 in; 99.06 cm x 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm


Record Id: nmah_1359395

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