History of the longboards on Australian shores

FLYING through the air, feeling the salty breeze hit your face as the ocean carries you to shore on your trusty longboard, these are the memories of the silver surfers.

Australia was first introduced to the longboard in 1912 by Hawaiin Olympic swimmer Duke Kakanamoku, who is considered the "Father of Modern Surfing".

In Malibu (in Los Angeles county), the beach was so popular amongst the early surfers that it lent its name to the type of longboard, the Malibu Surfboard.

In the 1920s boards made of plywood or planking called Hollowboards came into use.

These were typically 4.6 to 6.1 m in length and very light. During the 1950s, the surf trend took off dramatically as it obtained a substantial amount of popularity as a sport.

The design and material of longboards in the 1950s changed from using solid wood, to balsa wood.

The modern longboard has undergone many changes since its earlier models in the past. Today's longboard is much lighter than its predecessors.

Its polyurethane foam and fiberglass design allows less drag on waves.

Today's longboards are typically 2.4 to 3.0 m long, although some ride boards up to 3.7 m in length.

The classic single-fin longboard retains much of its classic design including a single fin, weight, and considerable buoyancy.

A longboard with a single fin allows the board to pivot turn in order to remain in the curl of the wave.

Due to recent advances in technology, the longboard has expanded its family into different variations of the classic longboard.

The Australian Longboard Titles begin today as part of the Australian Surf Festival in Coffs Harbour, NSW.

Make sure you head along to check out all of the action and maybe you'll get some inspiration for entering next year.

Australian Longboard Titles

Thursday 4th - Thursday 11th August, 2016

· Wed 3rd August: Longboard Opening Ceremony and meetings

- 84 Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

- Thurs 4th - Thurs 11th August: Australian Longboard Titles Competition Period

 - Thurs 4th - Mon 8th August: Australian Longboard Titles Competition Period

 - Open Men & Open Women

- Mon 8th - Thurs 11th August: Australian Logger Titles Competition Period

 - Sat 6th - Sun 7th August: Australian Longboard Titles Under 18 Boys and Girls Competition Period (Australian Longboard Titles & Australian Logger Titles)

 - Sun 7th - Thurs 11th August: Australian Longboard Titles Competition Period

- All age divisions

· Thurs 11th August

- Presentation for all age divisions

- 5:30pm: Presentation

 - Venue: Hoey Moey

- 84 Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

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