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date: 10 August 2020

Big Wave Contests 

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Kevin FisherKevin FISHER

In the era of modern professional surfing, big wave contests build upon the social prestige and ritual function associated with surfing big waves in pre-colonial Hawaiian culture. The growth of big wave contests in the post-WWII period was also driven by the technological advancement of surfboards and the development of professional surfing. In recent decades big wave contests have expanded through the invention of tow-in surfing and the identification of new big wave spots around the world. ...

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