While surfing is a significant part of modern life, it’s important to recognize that our modern idea of the surfboard, and the entire lifestyle that surfing created, took time to develop. Intellectual property (IP) law played a part in this process.
The surfboard was invented in ancient Hawaii and began to spread to the rest of the world in the eighteenth century.
These early Hawaiian prototypes were designed out of wood from local trees. They were often over 15 feet in length and could weigh upwards of 77 pounds.