Surfing Then and Now
August 31, 2017
by Travis Puckett
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So much has changed over the years in the surfing world. From board shaping to how we capture it today (with drones and go pros) all the way down to surf reports. Not to mention how accurate it is today. We’ve come a long way with the pioneers that have put surfing on the map to the technology that’s rocketed us forward in ways we could only dream of.
It’s hard to believe some of the first surfboards where made of solid wood and could way up to 200 lbs. thankfully Tom Blake came along and decided to try and drill a few holes in the board to make them lighter. Little did he know that he was innovating surfing for the rest of the world. After World War II fiberglass made its way into surfing, making boards lighter and faster. It wasn’t until the late 60s/early 70s that the short board was invented for that we can thank Dick Brewer.
We can’t talk about surfing without mentioning the greats. If it wasn’t for Sean Collins creating the surf report (Surfline) we have today we would still be chasing waves instead of being there when they come ashore or how about Kelly Slater, he went from rookie of the year in the early 90s to starring on Baywatch and bringing surfing to the world in a way never seen before.
Today we capture surfing with drones go pros and whatever fancy (high definition) camera you can think of, but it wasn’t always this way. The pros used actual film cameras to capture surfing. I couldn’t image being in the water with a 7-10 pound camera trying to get the perfect shot. Before drones all aerial footage was shot with a helicopter. could you imagine how expensive that must of been?
All that aside theres one thing that hasn’t changed and that’s the surfing community. I put together this short video (in 4k high definition and edited to look like super 8) from tropical storm Emily to show that no matter if its 2017 with our high definition videos or 1970 and its super 8 film. Its still surfing If you like what you saw here feel free to share the article and subscribe to my youtube page