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The number of sites available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all available resources.  The following does provide some idea of what is available online and will hopefully be a good starting point for a more extensive search.

Australian Surfing History website __ An excellent resource for Australian surfing history and well known Australian surfers. - illustrated - From surfresearch.com.au - http://www.surfresearch.com.au/   

British Surfing Museum -- The history of surfing in Britain __ Here you will find history, online exhibits, surfing news and other information. "Our British Surfing Museum has the most extensive and historically significant collection of vintage surfboards, literature and memorabilia on public display and for academic research in Britain." - illustrated - From thesurfingmuseum.co.uk - http://www.thesurfingmuseum.co.uk/ 

Ethnology Database Photo Gallery __ A large gallery of historic boards.  "Papa he‘e nalu, or surfboards, were invented in Hawai‘i hundreds of years ago and were once the province of royalty. Traditional boards were hewn from a number of different types of woods and ranged in size from a few feet to more than 16 feet."  Christian missionaries nearly killed the sport till it was revived in the 20th century. - illustrated - From Bishop Museum - http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/ethnologydb/type.asp?type=surfboard 

Hall of Fame __ "The Surfers’ Hall of Fame celebrated its first inductees in May 2002 at the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway in downtown Huntington Beach, right at the foot of the Duke Kahanamoku statue."  Learn about its history and exhibits. - illustrated - From surfingmuseum.org - http://www.surfingmuseum.org/hall_of_fame.html 

 

History of Surfing __ You will find a great online exhibit covering surfing history, art, music, women in the sport and a timeline. - illustrated - From San Diego State University - http://infodome.sdsu.edu/about/depts/spcollections/exhibits/1202/index.shtml 

History of Surfing | Surfing Legends | Silver Surfer |Origin of Surfing __ "In our eyes the history of anything is pretty intriguing. So if you love surfing as much as we do, then the history of surfing is where it all began. In this section we’ll take you through the origin of surfing. Why did the first surfing legends attempt surfing waves? Was it for pride, glory, or just for fun? In this section we’ll let you know. We’ll also take you through the world of the Silver Surfer, the history of the first surf movies, and the conception of contests."  A lot of information so you may want to spend some time here. - illustrated - From follysurfcam.com - http://www.follysurfcam.com/surfing/history/ 

Legendary Surfers __ Learn about the heroes and history of surfing beginning in 2500 BCE through the present.  You will also find information about surfing culture, music and much more.  While this is a website dedicated to the selling of publications, there is enough material available for free to make a visit worthwhile. - illustrated - From legendarysurfers.com - http://www.legendarysurfers.com/blog/blogger.html  

SurfArt.com History of Surfing Index page __ You will find a wealth of resources for surfing history including webcasts, ancient and modern surfboard making, women in surfing and much more. - illustrated - From surfart.com - http://www.surfart.com/surf_history/ 

SURFING FOR LIFE -- History of Surfing __ A great history of this fascinating sport beginning with Captain James Cook's third expedition to the Pacific and continuing from there. - illustrated - From surfingforlife.com - http://www.surfingforlife.com/history.html 

 

 

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