If I could have been any person in history I would have been the person who
invented surfing or one of the people in the group of people who invented surfing.
The person or people who invented surfing definitely made a major impact on
surfing. They invented the best sport in history and surfing has developed more
into a lifestyle now than a sport. Along with surfing comes many branches of the
sport including: longboarding, shortboading, bodyboarding, body surfing, and
Longboards were originally developed in the early 1900’s and at that time
were made of redwood planks weighing upwards of fifty pounds. Over the years
the boards became lighter and lighter and eventually started being constructed of
ultralight fiberglass or epoxy. Longboards are preferred for their easy
maneuverability and control. In the late seventies the longboard trend started to
fade, but it is now making a rapid comeback among the older generation of surfers.
In 1970 the shortboard took over. It is considered the Ferrari of the
surfing-world. As you can imagine it is not a good idea to put a person who has
never driven before behind the wheel of a high powered sports car. Shortboards
are favored for their high performance aspects and stylish maneuvers.
Tom Morey invented the bodyboard and it has been a hit with young
children ever since. A bodyboard is basically a 3-4 foot slab of foam or other very
buoyant material on which the rider lies on his stomach. The bodyboard is favored
by people who have never surfed before because of its easy control.
Bodysurfing is done without a board, once a wave comes you swim into it
stick out one arm and you are taken along with the wave. Some people have made
bodysurfing into an art form performing rolls, twists, and other incredible
Aerial surfing is usually done on a small shortboard on which the surfer
uses the peaking part of the wave as a launch ramp. They can perform anything
from 180’s to flips, all of which aredone without any use of attachments to keep
the feet connected to the board.
In conclusion, the inventor of surfing has invented a sport which has
developed into many original sports. These sports all come with a lifestyle the
rider is usually associated with. The inventor of surfing is responsible for many
diverse sports and lifestyles.