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The Evolution of Surfing to what it is TodayPrimitive man used surfing in the fifth century AD to facilitate his fishing capabilities and to enhance his religious experiences now with more time at their disposal he uses it for different purposes challenge and recreation consequently as society changed surfing evolved Early societies that centered on survival used surfing as a means of spiritual and physical survival Societies that no longer as a whole concerned themselves with survival but have more time for recreation modified surfing to encourage it as a pleasure sport As the society became more affluent surrounded by more conveniences and technologies people needed more challenges as a result surfing evolved once again and this time from recreation to a profession or occupationEarly societies that centered on survival used surfing as a means of spiritual and physical survival In Hawaii local fisherman first used surfing but these fisherman rode waves in outrigger canoes It was necessary for fisherman to ride the waves to shore because some times regions of the island shore in Hawaii were unreachable due to coral reef and the only way through these reefs was through the break water where waves broke The first surfers were probably unconscious surfers island fisherman who used waves as the fastest means of getting their canoes over the coral reefs with their catch Quotd in Young ed 19 In Hawaii surfing also became a significant part in the Kapu religion Unlike fisherman who rode the waves in outrigger canoes those who surfed for religious purposes rode waves on surfboards In Hawaii surfboard riding became an intricate part of the local Kapu religion Quotd in Young ed 19 Surfing in Hawaii was also a part of a social class system Some beaches were reserved for the ruling class the commoners surfed different beaches and on a shorter board The History of Surfing Quotd in Young ed 19Societies that no longer as a whole concern themselves
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