Snowboarding pioneer, who first branded the sport ‘Snurfing’, dies at the age of 89

Sherman R Poppen

Sherman R. Poppen, one of the biggest names in the development of snowboarding, has died at the age of 89.

Back in 1965, while living in Michigan, Poppen decided to nail his daughter’s skis together to create what he named a ‘Snurfer’. Then later, working with a local manufacturer, his invention was mass produced and for sale in shops by Christmas 1966.  The first-ever World Snurfing Competition was staged two years later. read more

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