2. Sherman Poppen Invents The Snurfer

A look at some of the key moments that have shaped snowboarding into what it is today


snurfer sherman poppenAccording 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.

  1. Keith

    i feel like halldor should be on this list somewhere…

  2. Oscar

    Yeah, maybe in ten years.

  3. Teo

    I was there in -96 and I’m still snowboarding every weekend in the winters.i

  4. Brandon

    JP did the first double cork. Should probably mention his and Jeremy’s influence as well as Love/Hate’s obvious influence. And Scott E Wittlake


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