Surfing was originally called wave riding which originated in Western Polynesia thousands of years ago. Fisherman introduced the idea of ​​riding waves on boards so he could catch more fish and travel back to shore.

Like most practical tasks, wave riding eventually became a leisure activity and the 15th century is said to have witnessed stand-up surfing for the first time in the Hawaiian Islands. This hobby was called “he’enalu” which translates as wave sliding and began to be considered a sport. Actual surfing records appeared in the 1700s by Europeans who traveled to Tahiti and made contact with Polynesians.

Later, Polynesians settled in Hawaii and were already equipped with surfing skills, which was a simple sport at first that became an advanced activity in Hawaii. Generally, upper-class Hawaiians rode the waves on boards that received sacred rituals before they were built with specific types of wood.

Now, surfboards have become more advanced in shape and material, including Styrofoam and fiberglass. In terms of design, surfboards are now lighter and easier to maneuver. The surfboard is the most important piece of surfing equipment and it is recommended that beginners use Styrofoam boards that are large enough, such as 10 feet long, to easily catch waves and avoid injury.

The Hollow Board and the Hot Curl Board have been important inventions to be able to maneuver better and get into the curl of the wave. Later, the shortboard emerged along with various types of fin numbers to improve speed and maneuverability. Surfboard leashes can be useful accessories and often important for protection and increased control.

Wetsuits have been another important invention in the history of surfing. The first wetsuit was created in the 1950s in California, allowing year-round surfing, especially during cold weather. Made from neoprene, a synthetic rubber material, the wetsuit also led surfers to develop more advanced and complex surfing techniques as they provide more movement. Wet suits need to fit well and not allow a lot of water in to keep the surfer warm.

Although surfing is a popular activity today in coastal regions and on islands, it has quite an ancient history. Surfing has been able to establish itself as a cultural tradition enjoyed by modern people in various regions. It has even become an exhilarating and exciting sporting event.