Surfing is a sport that dates back to the Polynesian times. It is said that the man who could surf the best was crowned the chief of their tribe. Surfing was first noted by European sailors in 1767 near the island of Tahiti.
A state that has a rich history and culture tied to surfing is Hawaii. Hawaiians look at surfing as a way of life and an art form, not just a sport/past time. Building your own surfboard is a spiritual journey. Great care goes into anything to do with surfing in this land.
Surfing culture grew and became famous in the 1960s when movies and surf music made it famous the world over. It has now spread across the globe and there are more and more people learning this art form/sport. It is famous in island nations like Sri Lanka as well and specialist surf retreats like Solas Surf offers individuals a chance to surf in the Sri Lankan shores.
So why surfing? There are many benefits to surfing that range from physical to mental/emotional and spiritual.
Focusing on the physical benefits:
Mentally it is shown: