The Turning Point
477 West Western Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49440
+1 231 724 3100 (Tourist Information)
Way back in 1965 an engineer from Muskegon, Sherman Poppen, invented a toy he called the 'Snurfer' by tying a pair of skis together and attaching ropes on one side to give the rider some control. What started out as a Christmas toy for his daughter ended up becoming so famous that Poppen patented the Snurfer and sold more than a million pieces by the end of that decade! Muskegon thus became the birthplace of the popular winter sport snowboarding. The Turning Point, a sculpture installed in downtown Muskegon, celebrates this momentous achievement and brilliant invention. The artwork depicts a young girl at the apex of a curled snow path, who is Wendy Poppen, Snurfer's first rider, while at the end of the path is a professional snowboarder signifying the sport's inclusion at the Olympics. Installed in 2012 and designed by Jason Dreweck, the monument stands about 10 feet (3.4 meters) tall and is frequently visited sports-loving tourists.