Milestones in snowboarding
1) Sherman Popper (1965)
- He tied two skis together and attached this to the nose of the board to allow people to control the board. This invention was named “Snurfer” by his wife and he later sold the patent to Brunswick Corporation for manufacturing when he received overwhelming response from his daughter’s friends.
2) Jake Burton (1977)
- Finding the “Snurfer” a fun invention, he went on to participate in related competitions despite his parents’ reluctance to buy him a board. However, he met with a car accident and injured his collarbone thus he could not take part in the competitions anymore. After some years of resting from “snowboarding”, he came up with his own versions of a “Snurfer” and won the competition with his newly- made “Snurfer” with bindings.
3) Tom Sims (1977)
- Sims made snowboards in his junior high class by gluing carpet and aluminium on the top and bottom of a piece of wood respectively. Then, he started making snowboards in his garage with the help of his friend and employer, Chuck Barfoot.