Happy Surfers

Some of the happiest people in the world are those who surf. While surfing has been enjoyed by royalty and commoners alike, there is one alluring draw besides the feeling you get while surfing. This is mainly the money that can be won by competing, which goes along with trophies and titles for good measure.

The most likely place that saw surfers first was the ocean in Hawaii. Talk about a sight to see for the first foreigners. They'd be almost perplexed looking at the surfers riding their long boards atop gigantic waves.
Still today in Hawaii, surfing remains the sport of kings and an art form all in itself. So many of these people did, and still do, view the ocean as sacred and therefore there is a lot of ceremony that goes into making surf boards. The royals were allowed to ride the lighter, but larger, surf boards and the commoners were stuck with smaller and heavier boards.

As a variety of outsiders began to land on the islander's happy piece of paradise, more and more began to view surfing as an act that was not desirable. Many tried, without success, to ban surfing even from the natives who invented it. This opposition was strong, but surfing remained thanks to the kings who helped ensure surfing continued to thrive.

A statue of Duke Kakanamoku can be found on Waikiki Beach, which is located on the main island of Oahu. This popular swimmer and surfer from the early 1900s helped spread what surfing would become with his worldwide travels. Because of his efforts, surfing continues to gain acceptance.

Some of the most spectacular waves come with Hawaiian winter weather. Places like Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay, and the Oahu Pipeline produce fantastic world-class waves. This means that many famous competitors find their way to the islands. Numerous competitions, like the Pipeline Mater's Competition, sometimes result in surfers sacrificing their very lives just for a chance to take on these waves. The threat never seems to deter the scores of participants though.

After putting in a reasonable number of hours, some honest effort and taking lots of lumps, you too can learn to stay on your board and almost defy gravity. Once you get the hang of what you are doing, your surfing career will likely only blossom and you will find it hard to resist the call of the surf.

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