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date: 14 October 2019

Surfing 

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Author(s):
Douglas BoothDouglas BOOTH, Mark FragaleMark FRAGALE, Geoff OckwellGeoff OCKWELL, Joseph TablerJoseph TABLER

Surfing originated in Polynesia roughly a thousand years ago. It declined under the influence of Western Christian missionaries and was revived in the early 1900s; formal competition soon followed. The sport saw an explosion of popularity during the 1960s. Surfing has branched into several subdisciplines, including bodysurfing, big wave riding (with its rival subcategories, tow-in and traditional paddle-in), and standup paddling (SUP). Famous surfing hotspots include California, Hawaii, and Australia, although people surf wherever conditions allow. ...

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