According to records and all the information gathered, surf and also body board have been practiced since 500 years ago in all the Polynesian Islands, there is a story that natives went on surfing from one island to another. But the first one to write about surf was the England explorer James Cook, actually, there are two Polynesian Islands with his name, he and his crew discovered this part of the globe.
On the other hand, in the north of Peru, the local cultures left traces that show men surpassing waves. The Huacos are prehistoric pottery and in one of them, it is shown clearly to a man on a wood or something similar in the attitude of sliding on a wave. This would indicate that everything began in South America, but it was the Polynesians in their constant crossings between islands that, some centuries later, would take the custom of sliding waves to places like Hawaii.
Native cultures were repressed and surfing lost ground. James Cook was then killed by the same natives. In the twentieth century surfing recovered, and with the interest of tourists and US military in Hawaii, and the fame of the Hawaiian Olympic Duke Kahanamoku, surfing began to become popular on the coasts of California and Australia, creating the germ of a subculture in the environments in which it was practiced, and then expanded to other countries. This happened in the 50s and 60s.
Back then, the boards were large solid wood objects and surfing was a simple practice. Later, it became more difficult thanks to the audacity of pioneers like Óscar Rodríguez, patriarch of the modern surf of big waves and also the use of new plastic and smaller surf tables.
There was also an evolution in acrobatics and movements.
By [Jose Manuel Aguilera Rioboo].