The Snurfboarder Classic hit the slopes of Mulligan’s Hollow Ski Bowl in Grand Haven this past Sunday, March 15. Snurfer enthusiasts converged on the event to celebrate the sport that was invented on the dunes of Lake Michigan.
The day was marked by three downhill events that featured races on vintage and modified boards. Winners of each event scored new boards of their own.
In the 12-under event, Spring Lake’s Jonah Wilhelm crossed the finish line first for the win. West Olive’s John Spruit took the adult modified board division while Muskegon’s Marc Hoeksema brought home the vintage rider championship.
The video below features rides and failures from many of the participants who ventured down the hill. Hoeksema also appears throughout and talks about a few experiences meeting Sherman Poppen, the inventor of the snurf board.
Widely considered to be the start of the modern day snowboard, the snurfer found its beginnings in Muskegon after local resident Sherman Poppen invented the snurfer with a pair of snow skis for his children.
Perfect for hitting the dunes along Lake Michigan in the winter, the snurfer took shape and later inspired Jake Burton to modify the snurfer into today’s snowboard.