All About Surfing

Editorials News | Dec-30-2018

All About Surfing

Surfing is a waves riding sport which is performed upright position or like a prone. The surfing sportsperson catch the waves of river, ocean, or at initial stage man-made waves for learning safely and further slide over the water surface till the breaking of waves and water loses its power. To navigate the surfing bard on water, surfing riders takes a stand up position on surf boards in a position just almost parallel to the position beach in the direction towards the end of shore.

Basically there are four types of waves for surfing  plunging waves, spilling waves, collapsing waves and surging waves. So the ultimate goal of this sport is to progress and ride on the lifted part of the wave with the help of surfboard. However, if beginner desires to learn in the ocean they can learn in the whitewater part of the wave to surf. The essence of surfing is commonly in body surfing as enumerated by various surf enthusiasts and historians that the basic art of gliding is using only the body as a planning surface over the waves. In 2,000 BC, University of Hawaii, researched on body surfing, but the first recorded instance of bodysurfing activity is at the Western side world which emerged in 1899, when an Australian named Fred Williams gets his first few lesson from the Polynesian island citizen Tommy Tana. Surfing as a sport began sometime around the 19th and 20th centuries, whereas wave riding is known to be an old practice which has its origin from the ancient Peruvian cultures and ancient Polynesian. The modern era surfing was started from the sand of popular Waikiki, which is located at the Hawaiian island of Oahu, the beginning was done by the first local boys who were caught influencing some tourists to do wave riding for the surfing experience. The father of modern surfing is known as Duke Kahanamoku which is widely accepted fact. He promoted it like a physical activity and an outdoor recreation with gear and techniques which require some basic rules and business. Soon, the act of surfing called as wave riding evolved with time and gave birth to several other sports like kitesurfing, skimboarding, boardsports, bodyboarding, Skateboarding, windsurfing, , kneeboarding which are now considered as the body surfing family. The International Surfing Association (ISA), reported that there are around 20 and 25 million surfers across the globe and the surf industry is calculated to be worth $15 billion.

By: Anuja Arora