Surfing and Popular Culture

Several years after Freeth brought surfing to the U.S., Hawaiian swimmer Duke Kahanamoku' demonstrated surfing in Sydney, Australia. As a result of the efforts of Duke Kahanamoku' and George Freeth, the popularity of surfing began to grow, with modern surfing culture thriving in three Pacific regions: Hawaii, California, and Australia.

In the 1960s surfing finally broke through and became a phenomenon of popular culture. Popular beach party movies and the music of bands like the Safaris and the Beach Boys brought surfing culture to the masses, resulting in an explosion in interest in surfing that has continued, at various levels of popularity, through to the present day.

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