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The Evolution of Surfing as an olympic event Surfer one might picture a brainless bleach blond male approximately in his mid to late teens shabby appearance casual and laid back with no clue of what the real world is like Could it be this same image that prevents the sport of surfing from becoming an Olympic event Perhaps Surfing is a popular sport with professional surfers earning around 120000 or more in competitions It has been around longer than basketball and has made profitable amounts of money yet it isnt even a part of the ESPN Extreme Games a mini version of the Olympic Games for alternative sports According to leading surf activist and founder of organized high school surfing Dr Bruce Gabrielson Although surfing as a sport has made great strides it will never gain the kind of recognition influence or support other sports have until it becomes an Olympic sport Even though there are some problems with adding surfing to the Olympic venue there exists solutions in addition to long-term benefits The sport of surfing has developed from an ancient Hawaiian pastime to a multi-million dollar international sport fully capable of becoming an Olympic event Surfing has evolved from a cultural pastime to a popular trend and finally to become a booming tourism and clothing industry Today anyone can stroll down to the beach and pay to learn how to surf but in ancient times it was a sacred sport reserved for kings According toGreg Noll the first man to surf at Waimea Bay Hawaii Surfing was literally the sport of kings and they in turn were often the best surfers for besides its religious implications proficiency in the sport was a definite status symbol at all levels of Hawaiian life One of the first missionaries to arrive in Hawaii to witness
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