The Snurfer Gets Institutionalized


We all knew this snowboarding thing was crazy, so it’s no surpise that it predacessor, the Snurfer is finally being put where it belongs: in an instituion! Wait, earning a place in the Smithsonian is actually a good thing? Our bad. Anyway, Sherman Poppen’s baby is getting a spot in the The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, and Poppen is tickled pink! “It puts it in the proper place in history and preserves it,” he told the local paper in Muskegon, MI. “It is quite an honor.”

Since we like snowboarding, we are happy that its inventor is recieving such an honor. Peter Line once explained it best while presenting Poppen a Transworld Award. “It’s like, if I was a papper clip saleman, and he was the inventor of paper clips.” Yeah, he’s a pretty big deal. If you want to brush up on your history, Flake Zine has an interview with Poppen from 1994, and Boardistan has even more on this story.