What is surfing?
Surfing is the art of riding a breaking
wave on a board.
Other Names for Surfing: Wave Sliding,
Surfing in Foreign
Arabic: rakuub 'amwaaj
German: Wellenreiten / Surfen
Hawaiian: he'e nalu
Italian: surfare / fare surf
Korean: padotagi / seoping
Samoan: fa'ase'e / se'egalu
Surfing History: Bodysurfing was the
first type of wave catching, where individuals
used their body to ride the waves. as an integral
part of ancient Polynesian and Hawaiian culture.
The Polynesian surfing predates contact with
the Europeans. Samoans were also early surfers.
The missionaries discouraged surfing and surfing
all but disappeared from culture until the twentieth
century. In 1907, George Freeth, a Hawaaian
demonstrated surfing in California. In 1912,
James Matthias Jordan, Jr. introduced surfing
to the East Coast of the United States in Virginia
Beach. In 1915, a Hawaiian named Hawaiian Duke
Kahanamoku, demonstrated surfing in Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia. Surfing gradually
took hold and with the inspired "Gidget"
movies and music by the Beach Boys in the 1960s
the popularity grew.
Surfing Competition History: There are
a number of professional surfing competitions.
Surfing is notably absent from the summer Olympics
and there is much discussion about the addition
of surfing to the games.
Modern Surfing: Modern surfing involves
three different types of surfing, they include:
longboarding, shortboarding, and stand up paddle
Types of Surfing: There are a variety
of different kinds of surfboards some are long,
while others are short, the number of fins used
to stablize a board can vary as well. Typical
surfboards can range in size from 6 feet in
length to over 12 feet in length.