Portfolio Category: Surfing

Modern Surfing

Surfing remained popular in Hawaii over the centuries, but never caught on in the United States until the early 20th century, when George Freeth visited California and began giving surfing demonstrations. Freeth, a half-Hawaiian/half-Irish native of Oahu, came to Huntington Beach, California, in 1907 to demonstrate surfing as part of the opening festivities for a…
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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…
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The Art and Sport of Surfing

Surfing has evolved over the centuries into a sport with as many specific terms and techniques as any other sport. Dedicated surfers are not just wave-riders. They are experts on the causes and types of waves, weather patterns, and masters of a dizzying series of maneuvers necessary to successful surfing.
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Maneuvers and Terms

Many common surfing maneuvers and parts of surfer terminology have become well known, if not well understood, in popular culture. For example, the terms "hang ten" and "wipe out" are widely used and associated with surfing, but few know their origin or what they actually mean. "Wipe out" refers to a surfer being knocked from…
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