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surfing equipment Surfing was once considered an underground sport that was not particularly competitive in nature, but the last two decades have seen that all change.  Names like Kelly Slater and Laird Hamilton have become mainstream, and people around the world have become familiar with the best beaches for finding the biggest and best waves.  Surfboards and accessories are widely available at local surf shops near popular surfing destinations.

Surfboards were once very long and very heavy, with many boards longer than 12 feet.  This made maneuvering on the waves incredibly difficult, if not impossible.  Board tricks in those days were more apt to be related to fancy footwork or gymnastic poses, rather than actual face or air tricks.

Today's boards have evolved a great deal from the heavy wooden boards of the Fifties and Sixties.  They are made of composites that are much more lightweight.  This makes them much easier to handle on the wave face.  New shapes and designs have also increased their maneuverability, permitting extraordinarily tight turns and impressive aerial tricks.

In addition to a surfboard, surfers need board wax.  Board wax is used on the top of the board to increase traction while surfing, making it easier to keep your footing when maneuvering.  A board rack is another investment a surfer might consider if he can't fit his board inside his vehicle.

Surfing Equipment Stores

  • USA Surfboard and Surfing Apparel Retailer Directory
    Directory of surfing equipment and surfwear retailers in the United States of America. Each directory listing includes contact information, category tags, and a website link.
    Retail.RegionalDirectory.us/surfboards-and-surfwear/

Surfing Resources

  • SIMA
    The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the trade association of competing surf industry product suppliers working together to support, unify and ensure the sustainability of the surf industry
    SIMA.com
  • Surfing Information
    Article about surfing as a recreational and competitive sporting activity.
    www.Sports-Information.org/surfing.htm


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