2. Sherman Poppen Invents The Snurfer
According to most, this is where it all started – the Snurfer as designed by Sherman Poppen in 1965. In the middle of a long winter, inspired by his daughters standing on their sleds, Sherman had the bright idea of bracing two short skis together and incorporating a string at the front so that the board could be steered. Good on ya Sherm.
The Snurfer is widely recognised as the first marketed snowboard, with about a million units being shifted between 1966-1976, one of which went to a young Jake Burton, who brought a customised one with prototype bindings along with him to the 1979 National Snurfing Championship.