Fitness & Sports

The History Of Surfing

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Surfing is pretty much is synonymous to fun – bright sunny days spent on the beach, hustling for the right wave, time spent with like minded friends, they are all the reasons as to why surfing is becoming so sought out over the course of the past half century – it shows no signs of slowing down.Let’s find out how this coveted gem of a hobby started out.Evidence of surfing is first found in the central part of the age old Polynesian culture. Europeans first saw surfers on the beaches at Tahiti in the year of 1767; this was observed by the crew aboard the ship Dolphin. and when the writer Mark Twain went to Hawaii in the year 1866 he writes about seeing a large number of native men and women of all ages, involved in the amusing national pastime activity of surf-bathing.

References to surfing using planks and canoes with single hull – somewhat similar to stand up paddle board in Australia which are found in Samoa before it was contacted by modern civilizations – it was called fa`ase`e.Hawaii, previously a part of Polynesian Islands and now belonging the United States, is one top most places for surfers. Captain James Cook, who led the very first Europeans’ visit to the Hawaii in the year of 1778 – when his crew aboard HMS Discovery and Resolution ship anchored in the western end of Hawaii as they were returning from Tahiti and north America.

James King, who was a Lieutenant and the commander of the ship Discovery, logged the first literal account of surfing using boards similar to modern day longboards in this island in 1779.Anthropologists are not very sure on the exact origin and the evolution of the sport due to the difficulty of putting Polynesians’ movements on a timeline. Humans started the migration from Asia unto the region of eastern Pacific in about 2000 B.C. The Polynesians did not come empty handed; they came to Hawaii bearing their customs, one of them included a sporting activity with a belly board. Eventhough Tahitians occasionally stood on these boards, the use of long boards, is safe to assume – was invented here. Even prior to the arrival of the Europeans, surfing was the seed of many legends that were centuries old. Surfing legends even have contributed to the naming of certain places. There are special chants that are used for various reasons, even one for christening a brand new surfboard, and blessing the surfer to have courage to face the big waves. Hawaiians did not have a written language, and their history is often recorded in the forms of tales, chants and songs.