Happy 50th Snurfer!
Christmas 1965, Sherman Poppen took a pair of kid’s skis, bound them together and sent his 2 daughters outside to test his idea out in the Michigan snow. Seeing the fun his daughters were having standing on the contraption and sliding down the hills, Poppen spent the next months refining the idea and patented his design in 1966 as a “Surf-Type Snow Ski.” His wife suggested combining the words “snow” and “surfer” and the iconic Snurfer was born.
Poppen licensed the invention to the Brunswick Corporation, production models being made from the same laminated wood used for bowling lanes and becoming commercially available for the winter of 1966.
Now, during the 50th year of the Snurfer, Poppen has endorsed Brew and Vew-Do Balance Boards to bring the Snurfer back, opening the door to a whole new generation of snow surfers, as well as connecting with those of us that remember the Snurfer all to well. Pick up one of 6 different models starting at $99.95by visiting snurferboards.com.
Snowboarding: January 1985
Although sliding on barrel staves was around at the beginning of the century, 1964 saw the real introduction with Sherman Poppen’s “Snurfer”. 1970 saw the appearance of Winterstick with national news coverage by Newsweek and Playboy in 1975, followed by Tom Sims, Jake Burton Carpenter and Chuck Barfoot in the mid/late 70s jumping into the game. 1981 saw steel edges coming back to the snowboard and here we are at 1985, SKIING Magazine introducing it to the ski demographic.
Snowboard of the Day
2004-2005 Palmer Crown LE 161.5cm
Back for it’s 2nd year (2004 season), the limited edition Palmer Crown features a 3D Circle design with Titanium inlays, Carbon, see through Nomex® honeycomb in a NCF prepreg fiberglass construction including a 3-layer polyamid topsheet, ABS sidewalls, and ultrasonically inlaid 7200 stone ground graphite base.
Unlike aluminum or paper, Nomex honeycomb core is ten times lighter than wood and is not affected by moisture or corrosion. Titanium in combination with Carbon gives the board great torsional stiffness, unmatched stability and performance, while 3D design reduces weight and further improves overall performance.
Best we could get for today’s office view. Hard to capture 12″ of new powder snow in your face but we felt this was pretty close.
Snowboard of the Day:
1999-2000 Duotone Extreme Mountain
176cm of flexible fun. Duo-tip nose and tail design for powder domination, Double Skin construction, MCL core, Infinity looped edges, patented Duotone Hammerhead Edge Profile with a P-Tex 2000 sintered graphite base, freshly greased and ready to go.