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date: 18 September 2019

Big Wave Contests 

Source:
Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Author(s):
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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