Discover surfing

    This sport is about surfing on waves of the seafront, standing on a board.

    It is practised on beaches on high or smaller waves depending on the different categories of this sport.

    Surfing requires balance, strength and ability. The surfer's equipment is just a board and a wetsuit.


    Where is surf coming from? Nobody really knows for sure. But several historians are tracing back surf back to Polynesia.

    The first reports on the subject seem to be from Samuel Wallis. A british navigator who arrived in Tahiti in 1767, with the first europeans.

    Longboards are from the first boards used for surfing coming from a long Hawaiian tradition.

    Shortboards came later, during the 60's and the 70's.

    Now, surf is practised by everyone, everywhere, in more than 86 countries.


    Taj Burrow is a professional Australian surfer, born in 1978. He is known to be the youngest surfer to win the WQS in 1996, he was 18.

    Kelly Slater, born in 1972 in USA, is the greatest world champion of the history of surf.

    Michel Bourez is a professional French surfer born in 1985 in Polynesia. Winner of the great Hawaiian title of Heleiwa.


    Beach break:
    Place where the waves break on the beach. In opposition to Point Break where the waves break on rocks.

    Surfing on the back of the wave.

    Bottom turn:
    Shift at the end of the wave.

    Core of the wave.

    Surfing in front of the wave.

    Goofy foot:
    Left handed.

    Strap between the surfer and his board.

    Wave unfolding on the left.

    Line up:
    Zone where the surfer waits for the wave.

    Zone where the wave begins to unfold.

    Regular foot:
    Right handed.

    Wave unfolding on the right.

    Surfing Spot:
    Place where surfers practice.