Snowboarding's Michigan roots

Dec 5, 2014

We may be headed into the deep, dark winter, but Michiganders are well-known for thriving in the snow. Our state has made an industry of winter activities. The sport of snowboarding itself was born in Muskegon. Native son Sherman Poppen got it all started during Christmas of 1965.

Poppen’s story is told in the current Michigan History Magazine article "How Snowboarding Got Its Start" by historian and Muskegon native Ron Pesch.

Current State’s Peter Whorf spoke with Pesch about Sherman Poppen’s mid-1960's holiday brainstorm.