My home page on your computer, like many others, is the Google search engine. This gives us almost every day different animations that inform us about the events of the day, and today has struck me, since I did not know who was meant. As well, turns out that today, August 24, 2015, is the 125th anniversary of the birth of Duke Kahanamoku, considered the father of modern surfing.
Could not squander the opportunity to speak a little of the history of surfing, of his birth and its development up to the different disciplines that make up this sport today. Do you know why it became so famous and why today tops Google Duke Kahanamoku page?
The origin of surfing: Hawaii Islands
To find the origin of surfing must look for it in the glide over the waves with a Board as a means of transport, not as a sport: you know, we first use it as something practical to meet a need (in this case the of moving from one place to another) and then become a leisure activity and sports. Thus, we can find the first examples of what we consider “surfing” in Peru and Bolivia to 16th century with the “caballitos de totora”, a craft made with the leaves of this plant allowing to transport to a fisherman with his gear.
In the 18th century the famous Captain James Cook it reaches to the islands of Hawaii, in the archipelago of Polynesia, previously discovered by the Spanish, and his crew stops by writing the memory of these recreational practices glide over the waves on the back of a wooden board. With the passage of time and the arrival of European missionaries, the surfing was seen as immoral and it ceased to take place. However, the tradition survived thanks to a small group of Hawaiians who remained active.
The twentieth century and the heroic Duke Kahanamoku
Duke Kahanamoku It was known as the “Big Kahuna” or big boss, and is considered the father of modern surfing. Born in the Islands Hawaii when they were part of the United States, was medalist in swimming at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm 1920 Antwerp and 1924 in Paris. In the free time which had between competitions, Duke was dedicated to performing exhibitions of swimming and surfing, learned in his native Honolulu, on the beaches of the United States and Australia, popularizing this sport.
His great feat, and due to which remind you today in the network, it is the of having rescued uploaded to your table to eight sailors from a fishing boat had overturned off the coast of California. Duke did not hesitate to jump on your Board and assist in the rescue, and can save the lives of the sailors. This is the reason why the lifeguards have surfboards for bailouts.
Throughout the 20th century surfing became popular, both coasts of the United States from Australia and Europe. The sport came to the continent from the shores of Biarritz, where went to the Cantabrian coast and the French beaches.
The 21st century and what is to come