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The history of surfing

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tom howey

on 22 January 2013

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The history of surfing Then Captain Cook came in 1778 and was the first European to see Surfing. To the Hawaiians surfing was more than a sport
and sacred to them. They prayed to their surf gods,
they even had their boards blessed by priests. The Tahitians are thought to be the inventors of surfing but it was the Hawaiians that spread it to the rest of the world. It was invented over 3,000 years ago when they used long wooden planks and small canoes to explore. Someone decided to try riding a wave and it caught on. It was in the 1600s that it became big in Hawaii. It was also bet on and used to solve problems
between people. They would have surf competitions
and whoever won would get what they were arguing
over. It also showed your social status, the longer the board
the more rich or powerful you were. The average size
board was around 12 feet but the chiefs had boards up to
24 feet long. When Cook went back to England and told them about Hawaii the Christian Missionaries wanted to convert the islands to Christian. When they got there they hated how the Hawaiians just dropped there work and went out to have fun surfing. The missionaries also knew that it had Hawaiian culture in it. They decided that if they were going to convert the islands they would have to get rid of surfing and the Hawaiian culture with it. Surfing then disappeared for the next 100 years. It wasn't until the early 1900s that surfing
returned. It was brought back by a group
called the beach boys of Waikiki. It then spread to
U.S. when the americans
discovered Hawaii as a
travel spot Then in 1912 the first Surfboard was brought to Australia
where body surfing was already popular and Surfing quickly caught on. Up to this point surfing had never really caught on with the heavy boards
and the difficulty of the sport. It wasn't until around 1920 when they added a fin to the surfboard which made it much easier. The boards got shorter and more advanced. After
World War 2 lots of new material was available, stuff
like fiberglass and Styrofoam. These helped
changed the boards from big, heavy and hard to handle
boards to lightweight and maneuverable. But the most important invention came in 1951 when the wetsuit was invented. This made it possible to surf in places like Canada and the East
coast of the States and in winter when its the best waves in a lot of places. With all these inventions that helped make surfing easier it quickly caught on all around the world. Even with all the new inventions it's still a hard sport. In the beginning it's pretty painful but once you get better there's nothing more fun than riding down a wave. Citations
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History of Surfing | Club Of The Waves. (n.d.). Surfing, Surf Art, Photography & Culture | Club Of The Waves. Retrieved December 6, 2012, from http://www.clubofthewaves.com/surf-culture/history-of-surfing.php

History of Surfing. (n.d.). The Interactive Media Lab at the University of Florida. Retrieved December 6, 2012, from http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/spring04/britton
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