Surfing is a surface water sport in which the participant is carried along the face of a breaking wave with the use of a surfboard; however, some surfers like to surf with body boards or boogie boards. Did you know that some surfers even use their own bodies when they go surfing in the cool and calm beach water? Also, did you know that there are two types of surfboards that surfers choose to use for both casual surfing and professional surfing? There are long surfboards and there are sort surfboards. Since the sport of surfing is very popular in warm weather areas such as Hawaii; it should come as no surprise that the origin of surfing began in Hawaii.
Surfing and surf culture began in our 50th state Hawaii in 1779. At that time, surfing was a vital part of Hawaiian culture; in fact surfing oozed out of Hawaii’s pores and poured out of Hawaiian society including its religion and mythology. Plus, Hawaiian chiefs proved their authority by surfing on the waves. Now let’s examine a bit of surf culture.
On the surface surfers seem like free spirits just coming and going wherever they please. In other words, surfers seem to be people who have put down no roots to speak of. However, surfers represent a diverse culture that is based on riding the many forms of ocean. The surf culture can be described as comprising the people, language, fashion, and sports lifestyle that encompasses modern surfing. This basic surf culture reached its height in the 1950s and 1960s during the time of beach movies starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon and musical groups such as the Beach Boys. In fact, the Beach Boys had great surf music including the songs “Surfer Girl” and Surfin USA. Even though the surf culture reached its height in the 50s and 60s, it is very popular today. In fact, the Beach Boys are still very poplar and there was an animated movie called Surf’s Up that told the story of a surfing penguin. The surf culture evolves around a love of surfing, the search for the perfect wave, and having an ocean lifestyle and ocean life. In short, the surf and the surf culture equals having creativity and harmony in and out of the ocean.