The Big Surf

Surfing is becoming one of the most popular sports in the UK. It has its own culture with clothing, language and music. Did you know that ‘wave riding’ was first recorded by Captain James Cook in 1778 when he saw a number of the local people of Hawaii ‘wavesliding’ on solid wooden boards?

The sport reached Engand in the 1920s in the Channel Islands and Cornwall and the town of Newquay in Cornwall remains at the heart of surfing in the UK. It grew throughout the 1960s influenced by the boom in the USA, and today there are around 300,000 people who surf in the UK.

a surfer

Will the future of surfing be affected by climate change?


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