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Snurfer newspaper advertisement

Collection Donor:
Poppen, Sherman, 1930-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Sherman Poppen Papers, 1966-2008, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Sherman Poppen Papers
Sherman Poppen Papers / Series 1 : History
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1159-ref23

Transworld Sport episode (VHS)

Collection Donor:
Poppen, Sherman, 1930-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Item OV 1159.1
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Date:
circa 2003
Scope and Contents:
10-minute segment from the British program that begins 42 minutes into the episode. It highlights Poppen, his invention of the snurfer, and the shift from snurfing to snowboarding. Features footage of Poppen discussing materials in this collection, Poppen snowboarding, and Jake Burton snurfing.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Sherman Poppen Papers, 1966-2008, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Sherman Poppen Papers
Sherman Poppen Papers / Series 1 : History
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1159-ref35

Invention segment

Collection Donor:
Poppen, Sherman, 1930-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Item OV 1159.2
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
10-minute segment from the British program that begins 42 minutes into the episode. It highlights Poppen, his invention of the snurfer, and the shift from snurfing to snowboarding. Features footage of Poppen discussing materials in this collection, Poppen snowboarding, and Jake Burton snurfing.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Sherman Poppen Papers, 1966-2008, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Sherman Poppen Papers
Sherman Poppen Papers / Series 1 : History
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1159-ref37

Sherman Poppen Papers

Donor:
Poppen, Sherman, 1930-  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videocassettes
Business records
Correspondence
Scrapbooks
Advertisements
Clippings
Newsletters
Patents
Negatives
Date:
1966 - 2008
Summary:
The Sherman Poppen Papers document the snurfer, the predecessor of the snowboard that he invented in 1965. The snurfer, a sled that was ridden while standing up, originally consisted of two skis bound together. Snurfer competitions fueled the development of the snowboard as a piece of sporting equipment. This collection contains material describing the snurfer's place in snowboarding history, and the associated business and legal aspects.
Scope and Contents:
The Sherman Poppen Papers document the invention of the snurfer and its distribution. The collection is arranged into two series. The collection consists of correspondence, product literature, photographs, books, notes, a scrapbook, newsletters, newspaper and magazine articles, and VHS videocassettes documenting the snurfer. The business and legal materials, 1966-2006, contains correspondence, notes, and legal documents.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into two series.

Series 1, History, 1966-2008

Series 2, Business and Legal Materials, 1966-2006
Biographical / Historical:
Sherman Poppen (1930-2019) was born in Muskegon, Michigan. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1952 and served in the United States Navy as a supply office at sea from 1952-1956. He owned an industrial business, Lake Welding Supply Company, which sold gases and welding supplies in Muskegon, Michigan. On December 25, 1965, Poppen created the snurfer, a predecessor of the snowboard, by binding two children's skis together. His wife, Nancy, was pregnant with their third child and his two restless daughters, Wendy and Laurie, wanted to play on Christmas day. Poppen entertained them by playing outside in the snow. The girls' desire to stand up while riding on a sled and Poppen's vision of snow drifts as waves collided, and the idea for the snurfer was born. Nancy coined "snurf" by combining the words snow and surf. Neighborhood children soon began asking for snurfers of their own. Poppen decided to patent his creation (US Patent #: 3,378,274 --Surf-Type Snow Ski) and trademarked the words snurf and snurfer (US Trademark #: 1,518,101). It was also patented in Canada (Patent #: 819,596). In 1966, he licensed the product to the Brunswick Corporation and worked with them to create a board from the laminated wood used for bowling alley gutters. Brunswick manufactured the snurfer and sold it as a novelty item, not sports equipment, and it gained popularity. From 1968 through the late 1970s, snurfer racing competitions were held in Muskegon at Blockhouse Hill. In 1972, Brunswick discontinued production of the snurfer, but JEM Corporation continued manufacture until the early 1980s. By 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter, an avid competitive snurfer, began developing an improved model without a rope handle and with the addition of rigid bindings for ski boots to the board. As more resorts began allowing snowboards on their ski lifts, the popularity of the snurfer waned.

Poppen took up snowboarding at the age of 67. He received recognition from the snowboarding community as the grandfather of the sport and was inducted into the Snowboarding Hall of Fame in Banff, Canada in 1995 and the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Related Materials:
Materials at the National Museum of American History

The Division of Culture and the Arts holds artifacts related to this collection. See accession #: 2009.0092.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Sherman Poppen on June 22, 2009.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Toys -- 20th century  Search this
Dolls  Search this
Paper dolls  Search this
Sports  Search this
Snowboarding  Search this
Patents  Search this
Winter sports  Search this
Sporting goods industry  Search this
Inventions -- 20th century  Search this
Snurfer  Search this
Genre/Form:
Videocassettes
Business records -- 1950-2000
Correspondence -- 20th century
Business records -- 21st century
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Advertisements -- 20th century
Clippings -- 20th century
Newsletters -- 20th century
Patents -- 20th century
Negatives
Citation:
Sherman Poppen Papers, 1966-2008, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1159
See more items in:
Sherman Poppen Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1159
Online Media:

Snowboarding Snurfer prototype created by Sherman Poppen

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
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
See more items in:
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

Snurfer production model created by Sherman Poppen

Inventor:
Poppen, Sherman R.  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 48 in x 7 in x 4 1/2 in; 121.92 cm x 17.78 cm x 11.43 cm
Object Name:
production model
production model, snowboarding
Subject:
Sports  Search this
Snowboarding  Search this
recreational  Search this
Invention  Search this
ID Number:
2009.0092.02
Accession number:
2009.0092
Catalog number:
2009.0092.02
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-0d6f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1359396

Snurfer manufacturing blank created by Sherman Poppen

Inventor:
Poppen, Sherman R.  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 46 in x 6 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 116.84 cm x 16.51 cm x 11.43 cm
Object Name:
manufacturing blank
manufacturing blank, snowboarding
Subject:
Sports  Search this
Snowboarding  Search this
recreational  Search this
Invention  Search this
ID Number:
2009.0092.03
Accession number:
2009.0092
Catalog number:
2009.0092.03
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-0d70-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1359398

Snurfer model created by Sherman Poppen

Inventor:
Poppen, Sherman R.  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 46 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in x 4 in; 118.11 cm x 15.875 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
model
snurfer, snowboarding
snurfer model, snowboarding
Subject:
Sports  Search this
Snowboarding  Search this
recreational  Search this
Invention  Search this
ID Number:
2009.0092.04
Accession number:
2009.0092
Catalog number:
2009.0092.04
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-0df3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1359399

Snurfer production model created by Sherman Poppen

Inventor:
Poppen, Sherman R.  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 48 in x 7 in x 4 1/2 in; 121.92 cm x 17.78 cm x 11.43 cm
Object Name:
production model
production model, snowboarding
Subject:
Sports  Search this
Snowboarding  Search this
recreational  Search this
Invention  Search this
ID Number:
2009.0092.05
Accession number:
2009.0092
Catalog number:
2009.0092.05
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-0df4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1359401

Super Snurfer production model created by Sherman Poppen

Inventor:
Poppen, Sherman R.  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 47 in x 7 in x 4 1/2 in; 119.38 cm x 17.78 cm x 11.43 cm
Object Name:
production model
production model, snowboarding
Subject:
Sports  Search this
Snowboarding  Search this
recreational  Search this
Amateur  Search this
Invention  Search this
ID Number:
2009.0092.06
Accession number:
2009.0092
Catalog number:
2009.0092.06
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-17d3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1359403

Snurfer prototype created by Sherman Poppen

Inventor:
Poppen, Sherman R.  Search this
Physical Description:
plexiglass (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 57 1/2 in x 11 in x 3 in; 146.05 cm x 27.94 cm x 7.62 cm
Object Name:
prototype
snurfer prototype, snowboarding
Subject:
Sports  Search this
Snowboarding  Search this
recreational  Search this
Invention  Search this
ID Number:
2009.0092.07
Accession number:
2009.0092
Catalog number:
2009.0092.07
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-0fb2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1359404

Snurfer manufacturing blank created by Sherman Poppen

Inventor:
Poppen, Sherman R.  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 48 1/2 in x 14 3/4 in x 4 in; 123.19 cm x 37.465 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
manufacturing blank
manufacturing blank, snowboarding
Subject:
Sports  Search this
Snowboarding  Search this
recreational  Search this
Invention  Search this
ID Number:
2009.0092.08
Accession number:
2009.0092
Catalog number:
2009.0092.08
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-0fb3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1359405
Online Media:

Burton Backhill snowboard created by Jake Burton

Maker:
Burton Snowboards  Search this
Physical Description:
wood. maple (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
metal (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 52 in x 10 11/32 in x 4 in; 132.08 cm x 26.289 cm x 10.16 cm
Object Name:
snowboard
Place made:
United States: Vermont
Date made:
1985
Subject:
Snowboarding  Search this
Amateur  Search this
recreational  Search this
ID Number:
2010.0240.01
Accession number:
2010.0240
Catalog number:
2010.0240.01
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Snow & Surf
Sports & Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b0-f543-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1400986
Online Media:

Name tag given to Sherman Poppen, "the grandfather of snowboarding"

Physical Description:
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 in x 1 1/4 in; 7.62 cm x 3.175 cm
Object Name:
badge, snowboarding
name tag
Subject:
Sports  Search this
Snowboarding  Search this
recreational  Search this
ID Number:
2015.0028.04
Accession number:
2015.0028
Catalog number:
2015.0028.04
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-13c6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1696002

The Top Ten Important Moments in Snowboarding History

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Blog posts
Published Date:
Fri, 05 Feb 2010 05:00:00 +0000
Topic:
Search this
See more post:
Smithsonian Article Database
Data Source:
Smithsonian Magazine
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:posts_804a57cbf321d2ab64388c798ece16d5

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