Surfing GOAT Kelly Slater – 50 years old and still winning heats on Tour – tried to convince GQ In June, we learned that there are more surfers than golfers in the world. Believe it or not, some celebrities who have bubbled up on the waves include Chris and Liam Hemsworth, Lewis Hamilton, Andrew Garfield, Jonah Hill, and more. So: are they on anything?
The first records of human surfing can be traced back to Polynesia in the 12th century. But it’s probably old. Cave paintings are said to show an early version of the sport. So surfing is not just about enjoying the big moment today, it’s about enjoying those moments for thousands of years.
“I want to try it.”
We are talking about surfing in 2022 as the sport is enjoying a new wave of popularity in the UK. Interest has surged, in part because lockdown Britons have gone to the beach and fallen in love with nature in the past few years. Plus, there’s the consequential desire to live, breathe, and dress like a cool surfer dude. Ara Chris Pine, inspired from a fashion perspective by collaborations with the likes of Dior and Stussy, and designer Daniel Arsham, who creates surfboards for Haydenshapes.
speak to Guardian, Surfing England’s Hannah Brand said: Add to that, with her Olympic debut in 2020 and her participation in Paris 2024, it’s clear that surfing has become mainstream in all cultures and lifestyles.
Surfers are great athletes
“As a surfer, it’s great to watch sports. [getting this level of recognition]says Nick Hounsfield, Founder of The Wave in Bristol and Chairman of Surfing England. “Pro surfers have an unparalleled level of commitment and are the most incredible athletes in any sport I know. They live and breathe it. There was a glass ceiling to its development because there was: Anything that puts the spotlight on sports and surfers is good.”