20 June – International Surfing Day

 

International Surfing Day - Elizabeth Place

International Surfing Day is held annually on June 20th.  This day celebrates surfing and its lifestyle. 

Surfing refers to the ability to ride a wave, no matter if the surfer is using a board or not. It also does not matter what the stance is, as long as the person is “riding a wave”.

Surfing was a significant part of the Polynesian culture for centuries. Europeans observed people surfing in Tahiti in 1767 and again in 1769.  In the journals of Captain James Hook, 1779, by Lieutenant James King, the art of surfing in Hawaii is mentioned.  Mark Twain even made mention of it when writing about a trip to Hawaii in 1866.

(Source: nationaldaycalendar.com)