While several of us stuck around the Webfetti offices over the Fourth of July and celebrated America with red, white and blue everything, other colleagues took some vacation time and headed off to various locales. The beach, of course, was very popular and we let our friends regale us with stories earlier this week. It got us to thinking — there is so much more to do at the beach than eat and work on your tan. A lot of our employees spent time at the beach being active, especially with water sports like kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, water skiing, skim boarding, body boarding, kite surfing and parasailing.
Did you know that several of these activities, including surfing, used to be Olympic Sports? Meaning that you could get a gold medal in hanging ten. How cool is that? These days, there is a US Open of Surfing and many other large and well-recognized surfing competitions around the world. Surfing dates back to the 1760s where European explorers witnessed the sport that was a central part of Polynesian culture. Surfing as it is known today can be attributed to on individual known as “The Pioneer of Modern Surfing,” Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, who is also a gold-medal winning Olympic swimmer.
Share memories of your recent beach travels with your friends and family with this fun wind surfing graphic!