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10 Fun Facts about Surfing
Surfing is a surface water sport in which the surfer rides a surfboard on the crest and face of a wave. Whilst most of us try this once every summer holiday, a vast amount of sports professionals are now making a career out of this wonderful, active sport, so much so that it is having its debut in the Tokyo Olympic Games. So here are 10 Fun Facts About Surfing and how it all started…
The first official surf contest took place at Corona Del Mar, California in 1928.
George Freeth is the person who brought surfing to California.
Surfing was originated by the oceanic culture island of Polynesia and was first discovered by Captain Cook in 1778.
There are two types of surfing; short boarding and long boarding.
Short boarding is considered harder than long boarding because it requires more effort.
Kelly Slater is the highest paid surfer. He brought in three million dollar as the ninth time world champion surfer in 2009.
The first university to offer a degree in surfing is the University of Plymouth.
When the waves get over the surfer, it’s called “getting barreled” because you can’t go neither left nor right; just straight.
The biggest wave recorded was 530 meters in Lituya bay, southern coast of Alaska.
The longest ride ever done on a wave was 37 minutes in Pororoca.
So, if you are heading down to Devon, Cornwall or Wales this summer, why not give it a try! Not only will it keep you fit but the thrill when you actually get to stand and ride the wave is like no other. We stock a range of swimwear from Roxy, Superdry and Adidas so why not pop in store and try some on!