Muskegon, Michigan: Snurfer Monument - Birthplace of Snowboarding

"The Turning Point," a 2012 sculpture by artist Jason Dreweck, celebrates the birth of Muskegon native Sherm Poppen's Snurfer in 1965 and the sport of snowboarding. The figure at the top of the 10 ft. tall snow ribbon is Poppen's daughter Wendy.
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477 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, MI
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Western Ave. between 4th and 5th Sts, across the street from the L.C. Walker Arena.
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Snowboarding Monument. Birthplace of Snowboarding

"The Turning Point" marks Muskegon, Michigan as the birthplace of the Snurfer and the sport of snowboarding. Designed on Christmas Day, 1965 as a toy for his daughters, Sherm Poppen's creation, the Snurfer, was the first mass produced snowboard.

A sculpture honoring the Muskegon native's contribution to winter sports now graces a spot in the city's downtown. At the top of the 10' ribbon, it features a young girl riding a Snurfer. She is Wendy Poppen, the sport's first rider. At the base is a figure riding a modern snowboard. The bronze represents the evolution from its humble beginnings to an Olympic sport.

[Ron Pesch, 06/10/2012]

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