The History of Surfing in France

Surfing has been going on around the world since at least 900BC, when Polynesian tribesman in the South Pacific would ride ‘Olo’ boards for both inter-island transport and ceremonial reasons. The first recorded surfers in Europe were documented off the coast of Portugal in the 1920s. Before that new footage, discovered and released to the public in 2012, many researchers would have said the first surfers in Europe were British. English holidaymakers, especially in the brilliant conditions off the coast of Cornwall, enthusiastically took up wave riding after newspapers published…

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