Surfing is one of the world’s oldest sports. Although the act of riding a wave started as a religious/cultural tradition, the truth is that surfing rapidly transformed into a global water sport.
The popularity of surfing is the result of a sum of events, innovations, influential people, and technological developments. The early surfers had to challenge the power of the oceans with heavy, finless surfboards.
Today, surfing has evolved into an high-tech extreme sport, in which hydrodynamics and materials play a vital role. Surfboard craftsmen have improved their techniques; wave riders have bettered their skills.