In 1906, Thomas A. Edison released “Hawaiian Islands.” The silent, black-and-white film features what is considered by many historians the oldest surf footage ever found. It is also the first flick featuring surfers riding surfboards. With over 30 chapters or scenes, the movie includes three segments that clearly reveal the importance of surf-related activities in Hawaiian and Polynesian culture: “Panoramic View | Waikiki Beach Honolulu,” “Surf Board Riders | Waikiki Honolulu,” and “Surf Scenes | Waikiki Honolulu.” Yes, the inventor of the light bulb was also a filmmaker. In fact, Edison’s film studio produced nearly 1,200 movies since it started in 1894.
Everything you need to know about Thomas Edison’s 1906 surf film