WATER SURFING

The intimate relationship between man and the sea has been one full of innovations all through the years. Nature has a way of showing its utmost potential when it comes to the sea and the oceans, and this has been a big allure to man from the moment he laid his eyes on the sea, but out of all the innovations, nothing comes close to the exhilarating experience one gets from surfing.

Surfing is a water surface sport where a person rides a wave; either forward or deep face, carrying them towards the shore. Surfing originated from the ancient Polynesian culture but the earliest form of what we consider surfing was first sighted by the British explorers in Tahiti, which is famous for its impressive waves. Tales of the native people surfing giant waves using nothing but crude wooden planks became widespread at that time, and they must have played a huge role in the creation of the modern day surfing as a sport.

For surfing to be successful there are a lot of things that have to be considered; these things range from the size of the wave, the availability of wind that drives up the waves, and the rider’s ability to handle the whole affair since it could turn tragic at any time.

There are several forms of surfing, they include

  • Stand-Up Surfing

In this form the surfer rides the waves while standing with both feet on top of the board and using their hands for balance

  • Body Boarding

In this form the surfer rides the wave while lying flat, face down, on the board and using their hands as pedals for acceleration when meeting the wave.

  • Body Surfing

Considered the purest form of surfing it involves riding the wave without the use of a board, just using the surfer’s own body to catch a wave. A bit too dangerous for novices and non-swimmers.

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