Riding with the Snurfer
17 Jun, 2009
Every snowboarder should know the name of Sherman Poppen, thanks to him we can call ourselves snowboarders. It was before the time of Burton when Poppen built the snurfer for his daughter that would start the creation and evolution of the snowboard that we love today. Soon the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC will have a display with 3 of the original snurfers for everyone to see.
I was told on twitter about a video that shows the earliest snurfer riding from 1968 to 1978 filmed in Utah and Wyoming on super 8mm film. Looking at the snurfing, they make it look so easy and beautiful especially in the light fluffy deep powder they are enjoying. Thanks to RickHacket on twitter for showing me this gem of a video.
Sherman Poppen now lives in Steamboat Springs where I currently reside and it’s a cool feeling to live in a town with people who have had such an impact on a sport I love and when I enjoy a powder day it’s because of them.