There’s something about surfing that makes it one of the most popular sports in the world. Perhaps it’s that nourishing combo of sun, salt, and sand or the little fact that there is no age limit on surfing. Some people do it for relaxation, others enjoy its simplicity, and the rest do it for fitness. Let’s take a look at the how, why, and where of surfing.
The Origins of Surfing
It’s not clear where surfing began. Some claim Europeans sailors first saw it in ancient Polynesia, now Tahiti, others say the sport has roots in Samoa or Tonga. But most people believe Hawaii is the home of surfing.
Even so, the story of surf evolution remains the same across the board. It all started with swimming. Then people realised they could venture further into open waters on wood planks and come back riding waves. That’s how surfing was born.
Ancient Hawaiians looked at surfing quite interestingly. It was an integral part of their culture and a favourite pastime for many years. They surfed on wooden boards during their three-month downtime as they used to practice fish and crop farming. They even had a spiritual process to make the boards. And they believed it took divine intervention to venture out to sea and come back safe.
For those reasons, skilled surfers earned a special status in the community. And there are reports that the best surfer becomes the top man in some communities.
How Surfing Went Mainstream
Organised surfing was first seen in Hawaii. The elite in that country formed a community to fuel the sport, long before anyone else thought it would be such a success.
Eventually, surfing found its way to the American East Coast, Virginia beach. That explains why the beach has always been one of the top surfing destinations in the country.