A Sport, A Challenge, And A Way Of Life
Surfing is classified as a water sport where a surfer skims the waves with a surfboard. The sport is mostly done in the ocean where waves can reach to towering heights, but it can also be done on rivers or small bodies of water with a strong-enough current for the surfer to ride through. Despite being classified as a world-renowned sport, surfing pose to be a challenge to some while others consider it a way of life — traveling from one location to another in search of huge swells to satisfy their adrenaline rush.
Origin of Surfing
This water sport was said to begin in Hawaii where European adventurers in the 17th century observed the locals treading the huge swells of the Hawaiian coast with boards made of wood. In the early days, surfing is part of the local Hawaiian customs though there have been evidence that this sport is also a custom in many islands in the South Pacific. Custom dictates that surfing is more than just a leisure activity, especially in the case of Hawaiian culture. It is considered as a form of art where surfers invoke the blessing of the gods for protection before skimming the waves.
Today, surfing is a major sight in many beaches in the United States of America, Australia, and the South Pacific. Huge swells were considered as a challenge — both men and women bring their boards, paddle to the waves, and show their moves for the world to see. Competitions are being held during peak seasons when waves reach suitable heights for surfers to show off their skills, winners earning the trophy, prestige, and of course, the money that comes with it.
As the sport continues to gain popularity in the Western world, it evolves to conform to current trends — crafting unique and better surfboards are now being practiced as a hobby or livelihood, surfing gears are being continuously improved for better performance. Even cultures are being affected in the height of the “surfing fever” the gripped the US that gave way to beach music, groups, and even the creation of new surfing styles and norms. You might notice that all beaches are never without surfers skimming the waves or lounging around in the sand while their boards are propped up waiting for the next wave to appear.
Aside from competitions, there are surfers who indulge in the sport as a means to satisfy their craving for adventure, mostly thrill-seekers who travel to different locations just to challenge the waves. The most popular location is Hawaii where waves are abundant — tourists who love to surf are known to visit the island each year to partake of its towering waves that promise the best surfing experience they can hope to have.
Many today consider surfing as a sport; but to most, it is a lifestyle and a challenge to thrill-seekers looking to hone their skills and creating amazing new moves to defy the norm, as well as to show off their skills for the world to see.