The earliest recording of surfing taking place in the UK was in Bridlington of all places! It was brought to these shores by two Hawaiian princes.
· Members of Captain James Cook’s crew tried the locals’ surfboards in Hawaii in 1779
· Many wealthy Britons travelled to Hawaii in the early 1900s and learned to surf including Agatha Christie and Edward, Prince of Wales
· Surfing first became a popular beach activity in Britain immediately after World War 1, but only a few tried stand-up surfing – most rode wooden bellyboards
· Servicemen surfed in Britain during and after World War 2
· Modern surfing culture in Britain started in Jersey in 1958 when the first professional lifeguards from South Africa were employed.
Courtesy Museum of British Surfing