Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Surfing is a fun form of exercise and recreation. It requires a lot of time and practice to learn the basics. A lot of energy is also essential and a great deal of stamina.It is a water sport in which a person moves along the face of a breaking wave.

Surfboards are long and slender platforms made up from Polystyrene foam. Relatively light but strong enough to support the full weight of a person standing on them while riding a breaking
The 2 major subdivisions within stand-up surfing are long boarding and short boarding. Long boards are the size of 8 feet in height, thicker and wider, with a rounded nose.
And short boards are made up to the size of 5-7 feet, thinner and more of a pointed nose. It’s not as wide as long boards but a lot more manoeuvrable.

They were first invented in Hawaii made from wood from local trees. Often made over 5 metres in length and extremely heavy.

Over the years, surfboards were improved by adding fins on the bottom rear of the board to improve directional stability.

Today the final product of a surfboard is very light and strong, that is buoyant and manoeuvrable. Some boards are made up of Stringers, which are one or more pieces of wood going down the middle making them stronger.



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