Surfing is a water sport that requires the surfer to use a flat “surf” board to balance themselves upon a moving wave (called “riding the waves”). When riding the waves, surfers generally heads towards the shore and if they fall off the board and crash into the water they have “wiped out.”
Surfing is a sport that can be dangerous but it is beloved by many people. In fact, surfing is so popular in some parts of the world that a subculture of surfers have formed that have their own fashion style, vocabulary, and physical appearance (like suntans and sun bleached hair). Surfers even inspired a string of songs and a distinctive musical sound dedicated to them in the 1960s. Although it has been a staple of youth culture for decades, until this day surfing is a beloved activity that has inspired many contests and newfound surfboard tricks and moves.
Surfing and surfers can be found all over the world but they are directly associated with America since the sport and culture was popularized in the United States. Hence, surfing is often considered a part of Americana that will always have a place in the history of trends, youth culture and sports.
Below is a list of five things that are associated with the sport of surfing and the culture that it subsequently spawned.