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
Time passes quickly and, in 2017, the iconic Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Surfing on the East Coast of the United States has always had a special. Not only because there are great American surfers on the Atlantic shores, but also because the region created the best competitive surfer of all time. The Eastern Surfing Association was founded in 1967 by Rudy Huber and Cecil Lear. Back in the day, their goal was to unite several small groups of competitive surfers and create a powerful East Coast team that could shine in the United States Surfing Championships.
Eastern Surfing Association hits 50
There are more surf magazines in the planet than you would probably expect. Discover the complete list of surf-inspired publications with newsstand distribution. According to Al Hunt from allsurfmagazines.com, a website dedicated to identifying and tracking surf magazines, at least 40 countries launched periodicals with surfers and surf-related topics on the front cover. Today, the early editions and extinct surf publications are in the hands of a few magazine collectors, who are still buying old and rare issues. As with anything in life, surf nostalgia is a smart investment.
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The surf magazines of the world
Historians believe they have found the oldest surf photo ever. It was taken in the early 1890s, in Hawaii. Herbert Smith, an amateur photographer born in Manchester, shot two Polynesian natives carrying surfboards on a sandy beach at Hilo Bay, on the Big Island of Hawaii. According to the specialists, the snap is more than 120 years old and was captured three decades before surfing became a proper tourist attraction in Waikiki Beach, Oahu.
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The oldest surf photo ever may have been found
It was the largest swell of the 2016/2017 winter season so far. Nazaré’s Praia do Norte delivered the goods under sunny skies. It was one for the record books. On February 10, 2017, the mammoth waves returned to Portugal’s infamous big wave surf break. And, as always, a large crew made sure they had their share of rides. Eric Rebiere, Mick Corbett, Ross Clarke-Jones, Justine Dupont and many others tried their luck in the thunderous slope that chases humans. The day started with rainy and windy skies, but the afternoon brought redemption.
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Big, bold and blue: Nazaré breaks the scale