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SURF HISTORY

Although Surf is in vogue nowadays, it has been practiced for many centuries. Unfortunately there isn’t much information about it’s origins in history. We know that the Polynesian King Tahito introduced Surf in Hawaii.

When the sailor James Cook discovered the Hawaiian islands in 1778 he had the opportunity to witness the Hawaiians surfing. Even though there was a big interest in this new sport it wasn’t accepted immediately and was only considered an official sport in the twentieth century. It’s recognition occurred mostly thanks to Duke Paoa Kahanamoku a Hawaiian man when, in 1912 he won the Olympics swimming contest at Stockholm and said he was a surfer! In this moment of glory the Olympic Champion spreads Surf out to the U.S.A. and Australia, originating it’s success and worldwide impact. Since than Surf has suffered many transformations. This almost anonymous and very uncommon practice became today one of the most popular activities and is constantly progressing in technological and technical levels.

The original wooden boards were replaced by other materials such as fiber glass and foam and surfers have now the possibility to reach a professional status approved by the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals). The dynamic of this sport embraces people that do it for fun and people who are professional. In the professional’s case the surfers have to reach a high level of surf in order to be qualified in WQS (World Qualification Tour) to afterwords enter in WCT (World Championship Tour). Only the fifteen first surfers in the men’s contest and the six first for the women´s pass to enter in the World Contest.

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