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Surf in California - The surf history

The fashion was another consequence of surf development, for example: clothing brands and accessories were born in California as part of surf culture but Australia has formed the bigger clothes brands such as Billabong. The magazines, with surf images, as "The Surfer" (Surf image book of John Severson) have surprised to world.

Surf in California


Currently, Hawaiian sport is recognized worldwide. There are many paints, sculptures or plastic plays inspired in the surf culture; an example is the art schools in California. I am sure that this movement soaked us with his history, tradition, ritual and culture to us anytime. "Good trip and good waves" dear reader.

Healthy Reasons to take up surfing

Surfing can be a great way to stay in shape and lose weight. Utilizing the cardiovascular system, surfing incorporates both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. Paddling out in the surf takes aerobic endurance which means the heart needs to supply the muscles with the higher oxygen demand in order to perform the activity. Surfing can really give the body a great workout and regulate your body mass index (BMI). Now, you should find out if you are considered overweight or not using this body mass index calculator. Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. Enter your weight and height using standard or metric measures and Select "Calculate" and your BMI will appear below.

Surf Origins

Surf Origins Surf is one of the oldest sports in the world; many ancient cultures practiced it, such as the Hawaiian culture, the Polynesian people and (according to recent findings) the Mochica culture in Peru. The Hawaiian culture (located in the USA) practiced surf before the arrival of the so-called "white men." They called waves "NALU he'e" (lit. speed wave), and considered this activity very important to them, to the point where kahunas (priests) prayed to their gods to obtain good waves. They used this sport to solve problems between Leaders and Heads of households, and keep fitness and health.

All these traditional competitions were changed with the arrival of the "haole" (White Men). The old letters of captain Cook described the practice as "people walking on the sea with wood boards," which prompted peoples from all over the world to visit Hawaii, however, these persons brought with them other manners, traditions, religions (missioners) and ideas that ended up destroying the Hawaiian culture, their surf philosophy and their love for the waves.

The Hawaiians

The Hawaiians and their invaders lost the surfing techniques, the rituals and myths that accompanied it, and the ceremonies made around this sport during the XIX century. However, a group of Hawaiian teenagers revived the ancient technique of surfing early 1900, this guys were called "Waikiki Beach Boys". They made this ancient activity popular again in all Hawaii and California coasts. Of course, this movement encouraged people like Duke Kahanamoku (one of the most bigger surf legends) to expand this ancient technique of surf to Australian coasts in 1915. While George Freeth (a Hawaiian native) became the first champion of Surf in the sport games of California, and stayed there to teach the ancient Surf techniques to the locals.

The increase of surfers in United States

The Surf vindication was came in the mid-twentieth century. Not for nothing, it is a great sport keeps you fit and your body fat is often quite low from 12 body fat of percentage or so. Of course, with technology innovation, its most important accessory, the surfboard improved and with it the practice of this water sport. Besides, the development of automobile industry, allowed the movement of many surfers through Californian coasts searching beach parties and "good waves" for surfing. These "Surf Safaris" became popular in the United States west coasts in the 50s and were called "The Happy Twenty Years".

Along the development of surf accessories, the popularity of the sport increased. As the surfboards became lighter, resistant and changed in shape with a pair of fins at its end, other accessories like the wetsuit (that keeps the body warmth) were invented allowing more time of surfing in the sea in any season of the year. All these innovations expanded the quantity of people that began to practice this Hawaiian sport. During the sixties, some sport videos such as: "Gidget" or "The Endless Summer" showed to the United States that surfing was an important sport in development.

The Publicity was not far behind in the surf history, Dale Velzy was considered as the first publicist in surf because he gave advice and tricks to young surfers in exchange for notes and interviews. On an additional note, Velzy used a hidden cam in all his interviews and the publicity was growing along surf popularity for this reason.


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