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Surfing in the United States
Surfing in the United States
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Surfing in the United States is one of the most popular pastimes in the country.[1][2][3][4]California, Florida, and Hawaii are the most popular locations for surfing.[5]

There are professional surfing leagues such as the World Surf League in the United States. These leagues make it possible for surfers all over the world to become recognized in America for their talent. One of the most famous surfers is Kelly Slater.[6][7] Kelly Slater has eleven different ASP surfing competitions, making him one of the best in the world.[8]


The earliest recorded instances of surfing took place in Hawaii in 17th Century. These instances are correlated to the Hawaiian tradition of "he'e nalu", which means "wave-sliding".[9]Nick Gabaldon is first known African American surfer.[10][11][12]

Surfing culture in the United States

Surfing is very much a part of Californian, Floridian, and Hawaiian culture.

Surfing on the East Coast of the United States began in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1909 when Burke Haywood Bridgers and a colony of surfers introduced surfing to the East Coast. The State of North Carolina honored Burke Haywood Bridgers and the colony of surfers by placing a North Carolina Highway Marker for PIONEER EAST COAST SURFING on Wrightsville Beach and designated Wrightsville Beach as the birthplace of surfing in North Carolina in 2015. North Carolina has the greater weight of published verifiable accurate evidence and impacts a broader geographical area when compared to other east coast states. Burke Haywood Bridgers and the colony of surfers activities are among the earliest appearances of surfboards in the Atlantic Ocean. The early twentieth century surfers proved that surfing migrated from Hawaii to California and North and South Carolina about the same time, then Florida.

Surfing is growing amongst the African American community, despite being seen as a "white sport".[13][14][15][16]

Major competitions in the United States

Big wave surfing

Big wave surfing originated in the 1990s, when surfers began to make use of water vehicles such as jet skis and speed boats, in order to tow them into waves that they were too large and fast to catch.[1]


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  6. ^ "Surfing: An Illustrated History of the Coolest Sport of All Time - Ben Marcus, Steve Pezman". 1946-07-01. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Surfing USA! - Jeff Divine, Ben Marcus". 1946-07-01. p. 14. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Pro Surfer: Kelly Slater". World Surf League. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "History of Surfing | Club Of The Waves". Retrieved .
  10. ^ Pierson, Dashel. "Celebrating the First African-American Surfer". Surfline.Com. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Rachel Saltz (2011-09-22). "'White Wash,' a Documentary About Black Surfers -- Review". The New York Times. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Tambay A. Obenson (2016-05-13). "Black Surfer Documentary "Whitewash" Narrated By Ben Harper, Black Thought Gets Release Date". IndieWire. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Surf Racism - Error in the Code". Huck. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ "Black Surfers Collective aims to promote diversity in surf lineup -". 5 August 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ Company, Johnson Publishing (6 December 2016). "Ebony". Johnson Publishing Company. Retrieved 2016 – via Google Books.
  16. ^ Stephen Nessen (2013-09-07). "African-American Surfers Challenge Stereotypes | Only A Game". Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Top 10 Surfing Events in the USA". Retrieved .

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