A letter discovered in Honolulu reveals that the first recorded instance of surfing in Britain took place in Bridlington in September 1890.
The letter describes how two Hawaiian princes – and their English guardian – went surfing in September 1890.
The founder of the Museum of British Surfing, Peter Robinson says;
One of the Hawaiian princes wrote that he and his brother were allowed by their tutor to have a holiday in Bridlington as reward for good work in their studies.
On September 22nd 1890 the prince wrote: