Surfing is a water sport for some and a pastime for others. Surfers generally ride alongside a wave towards the shore, using a surfboard, either lying down or standing up. You can find surfers on long beaches or oceans where the strength of the waves is high.
Surfing does not necessarily require a surfboard. Earlier people used to surf on waves using an Alaia, a paipo, on their belly, knees and other equipment. Recently, surfing has become more sophisticated.
Here the surfer awaits the wave seated and then rises upon the sight of a strong wave. Stand-up surfing is of three types, namely stand-up paddling, short boarding, and longboarding.
Here a surfer rides the wave using a body board, by either lying on the surfer's belly, drop knee or standing position on the body board.
In this type, a board that is convex, buoyant and hydrodynamic in shape pulls the surfer usually by a speedboat or motorboat.
Surfers ride the wave using inflatable mats or use foils.
This the most natural form of surfing where the surfer rides the wave using the surfer's body and without the help of any physical board.
Surfer is towed right in front of the wavefront to match the wave's speed with the help of a motorboat.
Surfing without waves
Other surfing activities that do not require waves are paddle boarding, sea kayaking, kite surfing and windsurfing.