This means that the earliest surfing in the world, with actual physical evidence, took place in Peru. There is no anthropological or archaeological evidence for a Polynesian origin of surfing before the mid 1700s AD.
Scotty Sherin is one of the fastest rising stars in the Canadian surf scene, but he hasn’t gotten there with his surfing. Although talented on a board, it’s his aptitude behind the lens that has garnered him worldwide attention.
After almost a month in Europe with not much surf, I was more than ready for a surf trip in tropical weather and warm water; plus surfing in a swim suit rather than a wetsuit! I made my way to Indonesia for a 12 day boat trip in the Mentawai. The Mentawai Islands are a chain of about seventy islands and islets off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. Siberut is the largest of the islands.
When I first heard about San Franpsycho, a self-given name for a group Ocean Beach surfers, I imagined prototypical surfing locals: Rowdy, in-your face and really good in the waves. They had a few surf movies, all subtitled “Wet and Wreckless,” that emphatically drove home this impression.