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Sherman Poppen stands next to a 'Snurfer' at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. He invented the toy for his children, and it became the inspiration for today's snowboard. A collection of his Snurfers and marketing materials now are in the Smithsonian Institution.

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Sherman Poppen's 'Snurfer' displayed in national museum

Sherman Poppen, 79, is a longtime resident of Steamboat Springs and is widely recognized as the grandfather of snowboarding for his invention of the Snurfer.

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