Museum Receives Jem Corporation Raw Wood Prototype Snurfer
On Christmas Day of 1965, Sherman Poppen bound two kids' skis together and in the process, created a new snow sport that would come to be known as snowboarding.
By taking a single-piece board that was shorter and wider than a traditional ski and adding a rope for steering, Poppen invented the Snurfer.
The following year, Poppen patented the idea as a "Surf-Type Snow Ski".
The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum received a generous donation of this early 1970's Jem Corporation raw wood Snurfer Prototype this past spring. The board was a gift from Jason Eller and Richard and Carl Hamm.
Paul Curry, the owner of Jem Corporation gave this board to Carl Hamm, who served as a personal pilot for Mr. Curry. You can see similar Snurfers currently on display at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum.