Who Invented the Snowboard?

The earliest form of the snowboard was invented by Sherman Poppen in 1965, although earlier forms of the device date back to the 1920s. The modern snowboard was invented in 1977 by Jake Burton, who added feet binding to an already existing snowboard design.

Poppen’s original invention, called the “snurfer,” consisted of two skis bound together with a rope attached to the front for control. In 1971, Dimitrije Milovich received the first patent for a snowboard based on a surfboard. Jake Burton received his first snowboard patent in 1972, the same year Milovich started the first snowboard company, Winterstick. In 1977, Burton started his own snowboard company and produced snowboards with bindings for feet, which changed the sport dramatically.