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Hawaii to Bridlington - Surfing is born

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Piikoi and Prince David Kahalepouli Kawananakoa Piikoi Photo: Museum of British Surfing

Newquay may be better known for its surfing, but it turns out Bridlington is the place where the sport was first reported in the UK.

A letter shows how two Hawaiian princes went surfing there in 1890. In the note to the Hawaiian consul from Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Piikoi, he writes that he went with his brother, Prince David Kahalepouli Kawanakoa Piikoi, to the coast as a reward for their good school work. The pair were studying at various schools and colleges around Britain. It is thought they made their surfboards from timber bought locally and wore full length swimsuits made of cotton or wool.

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