History of Surfing: a cartoon perspective by Scott Laderman and Silvia Prietov

The history of surfing is a complicated of facts and assumptions. TED released a five-minute cartoon video featuring a simplified description of the sport of kings.

Scott Laderman, author of "Empire in Waves," and director Silvia Prietov teamed up to create a short animated cartoon that reveals some of the things we know about surfing.

The sport of riding waves originated in the Polynesian islands of the Pacific Ocean, but it also has roots in West Africa and Peru, with the so-called "caballitos de totora."

Yet, it was in Hawaii that the act of "wave sliding" gained notoriety before expanding around the world. Surfing has always been an activity for men and women of all ages and social classes.

The cartoon by Scott Laderman touches the main ingredients of surfing - its cultural and spiritual roots, the first alaia, paipo, and olo boards, the US annexation of Hawaii, the revival of surfing, the pioneers of the sport, and the creation of a multi-billion dollar industry.

This is probably the best short video depicting the evolution of surfing through time. It's a must-watch movie for beginners and people who have never got in touch with the sport.

For more information, explore the most important dates in the history of surfing.

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