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Sherm Poppen; the Birthplace of Snowboarding

February 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Nearly a foot of new snow covered the sand dune behind Sherm Poppen’s home on Christmas Day in 1965. In his attempt to entertain his two young daughters, he created the prototype for the Snurfer—the first commercial snowboard. Discover snowboarding’s beginnings in Muskegon with historian Ron Pesch’s 100 silde PowerPoint presentation. Learn about Poppen’s creation, the Snurfing championships sponsored by Muskegon Community College, its move to Pando winter  sports park in Rockford, and the evolution of Snurfing into the sport we know today as snowboarding. Norton Shores Library is located at 705 Seminole Rd.