The 50th anniversary of the invention of the Snurfer happens in 2015, starting with the exhibition in the Muskegon Community College Library, and continuing throughout the winter. The iconic board, which is now considered the precursor of modern snowboarding, was invented in 1965 by Muskegon resident Sherman Poppen. MCC is closely tied to the development of the Snurfing sport, as they hosted the first “World” Snurfing competition on the Blockhouse hill in Muskegon State Park in 1968!
MCC will once again be involved with the competitive sport of Snurfing in conjunction with the Muskegon Luge & Sports Complex at their annual event, Party in Your Parka on Jan. 24, 2015. Watch for more information on the MCC Facebook and on the Alumni Events page.
Back in August 2014, the Travel Channel explored the beginnings of snowboarding (with multiple mentions of Muskegon): http://www.travelchannel.com/video/a-new-winter-pastime
And for more great info, check the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame website (be sure to check 1968, when MCC got involved): http://www.mashf.com/Snurfing%201965.htm