It’s the 50th anniversary of the Snurfer,  and the Party in Your Parka event celebrated by hosting a Snurfer downhill competition at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex on Saturday. lsj-fb-logo

Muskegon native Sherman Poppen invented the Snurfer on the dunes of Pere Marquette Beach and is considered the grandfather of the snowboard.

A group of about 20 participants gave it their best sho,t making it from top to bottom on a snow-covered dune just a short hike behind the Block House.


Chris Johnson flies down the hill to capture first place in the classic board competition. Photo/Matt Smolinski

In the classic board category, Chris Johnson took first place in 25.72 seconds. Winning the new-style board category was Nick Faino with a downhill time of 12.71 seconds. Blaze Reetz captured the beginner title with a 16.81 second run.

The sun was shining and the hill was fast with many spectators watching. Check out a few photos from the action and other top finishers.

New Sytle Board Category:


Bob Novak, who manufactures new style boards, cruises down the competition. Photo/Matt Smolinski

1st- Nick Faino (12.71)
2nd- Bob Novak (12.81)
3rd- Shard Stariha (13.59)
Classic Board Category:
1st- Chris Johnson (25.72)
2nd- Hans Vanhorssen (26.24)

3rd- Kenny Kibbey (30.07)

Beginner Cataory:

1st – Blaze Reetz (16.81)