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Inventor:
Poppen, Sherman R.  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 39 1/2 in x 5 in x 3 in; 100.33 cm x 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm
Object Name:
prototype
prototype, snowboarding
Description (Brief):
Sherman Poppen, inventor of the snurfer, a predecessor of the modern snowboard needed a distraction for his two little girls on Christmas day in 1965. The kids were restless and his pregnant wife, Nancy, needed a break so Poppen took them outside to play in the Wisconsin snow. Bored with sledding, Poppen bound two children’s water skis together, tied a rope to the front and the Snurfer was born. Nancy combined the words “snow and surf” for the moniker “snurf” and pretty soon Poppen was building snurfers for all of the neighborhood kids. Poppen removed the front toe piece from the water skis and kept the nonskid pads for better grip on this first Snurfer.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Sports  Search this
Snowboarding  Search this
recreational  Search this
Invention  Search this
ID Number:
2009.0092.01
Accession number:
2009.0092
Catalog number:
2009.0092.01
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-0d6e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1359395