Fun Facts About the ‘Sport of Kings’ (Surfing)

  1. Duke Kahanamoku, the “Father of modern surfing”, revitalized surfing on Waikiki beach in the early 1900s.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.34.12 PM
  2. Captain James King wrote the earliest account of surfing known in 1779. He wrote “who had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and smoothly by the seas.”Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.37.55 PM
  3. Surfing is nicknamed the ‘sport of kings’ because it was originally reserved for royalty.
  4. Among the oldest sports on earth, prehistoric stone carvings in Chan Chan in Peru depict surfers.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.38.21 PM
  5. The amount of female surfers around the world has risen by 300% since 2002.
  6. Following WWII the surfboard was revolutionized through materials like styrofoam, fiberglass and resin.
  7. In 1928, the first major surf competition took place in Corona del Mar, California.
  8. Believe it or not, Plymouth University in the UK offers a Surf Science and Technology degree.
  9. Hollywood helped push surfing into popularity with movies like Gidget and The Endless Summer.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.38.39 PM
  10. American Surf Magazine recorded that 66% of surfers think about sharks while riding a wave.
  11. You are more likely to die from a falling coconut than to die from a shark attack.
  12. The longest ride ever on a single wave was 37 minutes long on a pororoca, a tidal bore wave on the Amazon River.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 1.38.57 PM