History of the Snurfer
Snurfing 1966
Wendy Poppen, with an early prototype.  The rope, a feature of the released board, has yet to appear. Note that the SNURFER name on the board is now trademarked.
Sherm Poppen, a local business owner, displays three prototypes of his creation - the Snurfer. The first version, created on Christmas Day 1965, is on the far right. Note the rope on the board on the left.
Sherman R. Poppen files his application with the U.S. Patent Office on March 17, 1966.  His creation, a "surf-type snow ski" receives patent approval on April 16, 1968.  His creation would evolve into what is known today as the snowboard.
Snurfing with a Capital $
November 5, 1966 - Muskegon Chronicle

Announced to the world...a Snurfer advertisment from the 1966 Sears, Roebuck and Co. Christmas Catalog.  Ad's for Brunswick Corporation's new yellow and black striped consumer product also appeared in Christmas Wishbooks from Macy's, Alden's and Sunset House.
A 1966 Associated Press Christmas piece that suggests the Snurfer as "Just the Thing".
1966 Snurfer advertising Brunswick Muskegon
Muskegon Snurfer 1966
Brunswick advertising for the Snurfer began to appear in various publications in the late fall and early winter of 1966.
December 20, 1966 - Advertising for the Snurfer began to appear in national publications as well as in print advertising, like this one for Michigan-based discount chain, Meijer. 
December 30, 1966 Bridgeport (CT) Telegram.
Muskegon, Michigan - The Birthplace of Snowboarding
History of the Snurfer and the Snowboard
An Online Exhibit
1965 - Sherm Poppen and the birth of Snowboarding
1966 - A Ride That Could Become The Nation's Newest Outdoor Craze
1967 - How Bobby Became King of the Snow
1968 - Ted Slater and Sally Waite win first 'World' Snurfing Champions
1969 - Second Annual Snurfing Championships
1970 - Snurfing Test Attracts 600 to Muskegon State Park
1971 - Brunswick advertising - The Snurfing Bug
1972 - Snow Flake Snurfing Contest
1973 - Snurfer is here!
1974 - Snurf's Up - The Word Spreads
1975 - Snurfing Goes National
1976 - Winter Wonderland
1977 - Winter Blast to Start Semester
1978 - The Great Blizzard of 1978
1979 - Jake comes to town
1980 - Championships leave Muskegon and gain national exposure
1981 - Snurfin' U.S.A. - 15 years later.
1982 - Snow Surfing Championships expand with event in Woodstock, Vt.
1983 - Weather cancels National Snurfing Championships at Pando
1984 - Novak crowned National Champion
1985 - The end of the National Snurfing Championships
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