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The origins of surfing can be traced back to the ancient cultures of Peru, where it was an integral part of the culture. Over time, surfing spread to other parts of the world, and new techniques and equipment were developed to improve performance. Today, surfing is a popular sport that is enjoyed by millions of people around the world.

17th century

West Africans and western Central Africans independently developed the skill of surfing.

18th century

Polynesians developed the practice of standing up on what is now called a surfboard. The influences for modern surfing can be directly traced to the surfers of Hawaii.


Lewis Rosenberg rode the first waves in the UK.


Tom Blake built the first waterproof surf camera housing.


San Onofre was surfed for the first time.


The first surf shop opened in California.


The first surfboard with a foam core was created.


The first surf contest was held in Malibu, California.


The first professional surfing contest was held in Australia.


The first surf leash was invented.


Surfing was added to the list of Olympic sports.

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