Surfboards Overtime

In the early Hawaiian times, Hawaiians used to ride solid wooden plank surfboards made out of pine, redwood, or balsa.  These surfboards were heavy, finless, had flared rails, and were virtually uncontrollable in larger surf.  Hawaiians would straight line these boards into the beach.  Then in the 1930’s, Tom Blake helped improve the name too “cigar box”.  This was a board constructed using rib-supported balsa, dowels, waterproof glue, and varnish.  These boards were lighter and more buoyant with similar characteristics to the plank boards.  All boards had the same tendency to “slide ass” in waves that were over six feet meaning for them to slip off the wave.  As surfers naturally tried to progress in style and ride bigger waves, the boards progressed with them.  In 1937 Haole teenagers redesigned a board by cutting a “v” into the tail to help it hold in the wave more effectively, which it did.  It helped riders merge into bigger surf and perform more critical maneuvers.  Now, surfboards are made out of a hard plastic material.  There are long boards over six feet and short boards that are less than five feet.  Some boards are made with a foam cover which is easier for beginners and you don’t need to wax it.

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