Name tag given to Sherman Poppen, "the grandfather of snowboarding"

Name tag given to Sherman Poppen, "the grandfather of snowboarding"

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Name tag given to Sherman Poppen, "the grandfather of snowboarding." 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.
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Object Name
badge, snowboarding
name tag
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: 3 in x 1 1/4 in; 7.62 cm x 3.175 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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