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
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.
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
- Surfing Information
Article about surfing as a recreational and competitive sporting activity.
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