The native peoples of the Pacific, for instance, surfed waves on alaia, paipo, and other such craft, and did so on their belly and knees.
The modern-day definition of surfing, however, most often refers to a surfer riding a wave standing up on a surfboard; this is also referred to as stand-up surfing.
Looking for a way to entice visitors to the area of Redondo Beach, where he had heavily invested in real estate, he hired a young Hawaiian to ride surfboards.
George Freeth decided to revive the art of surfing, but had little success with the huge 16-foot hardwood boards that were popular at that time.
In July 1885, three teenage Hawaiian princes took a break from their boarding school, St.