Newquay, 1929: first waves of the first British surfers

Lewis Rosenberg was the first surfer to hit the water and waves of the United Kingdom, back in 1929. Rosenberg had been inspired by Australian surfers and decided he should experience surfing, too.

The 1929 video captures the stoke of a man who probably didn't know he was making history. The Museum of British Surfing unveiled incredible footage.

At the time, Rosenberg entered the water with a homemade 8ft balsa wood finless surfboard. The outstanding video shows how Lewis and his mates learned to stand up in small surfable waves, at Holywell Bay.

The film was kept by Sue Clamp, his daughter, in the attic for decades, but it was possible to transfer it to DVD. In this unique piece of history, Harry Rochlin remembers those "good old days" when he and his friends Lewis Rosenberg and brothers Fred and Ben Elvey enjoyed life in the beach.

What is also incredible is that the first British surfers were capable of filming from the surfer's angle, while riding waves, just like a modern GoPro camera. Since then Newquay and Cornwall kept developing surfing and the region is now the capital of British wave riding.