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A history of surfing

· 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