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'Snurfer' snowboard prototype turns 50 years old

The Snurfer is considered the predecessor to the modern snowboard. It was invented by Muskegon's Sherman Poppen 50 years ago to be ridden down snow-covered sand dunes. Poppen is considered by many to be The Granddaddy of snowboarding.
Snurfer exhibit at MCC

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon Community College is celebrating the invention of the 'Snurfer' with an exhibit open through March.

The Snurfer is considered the predecessor to the modern snowboard. It was invented by Muskegon's Sherman Poppen 50 years ago to be ridden down snow-covered sand dunes. Poppen is considered by many to be The Granddaddy of snowboarding.

Muskegon Community College is celebrating the 50th anniversary with a new exhibit in the Hendrik Meijer Library from December to March 31.

The exhibit includes photographs, vintage Snurfer boards, and marketing materials.

In 1968, students at the college participated and hosted the first World Championship Snurfing competition. The students are credited with helping the Snurfer gain in popularity. The Snurfer was first manufactured by Muskegon's Brunswick Company.

The exhibit will officially open with a reception Friday December 5 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.