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Riding the Waves

The roots of surfing can be traced to Polynesia, where surfers have been riding waves for thousands of years. Captain Cook was the first European to document surfing activities in his ship's logs in the late 1700s.

While the sport developed in many regions around the world, it wasn't until 1964 that the first World Surfing Championships were held in Sydney, Australia, and that the sport really came of age.

The surfing competitions are held in four disciplines, each using different equipment:
Surfing - the board is of any length, Longboard - the board is minimum 2,7 meters long and of traditional Malibu style, Kneeboarding - short kneeboard and fins, and Bodyboarding - short bodyboard and fins.

The total number of licensed surfers exceeds 100'000. It is estimated that more than 20 million people surf recreationally.
International Surfing Association
Further Information on the Homepage of the IWGA


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