Story: Lifesaving and surfing

Solid wood surfboards

Solid wood surfboards

Before the Second World War, some people attempted to surf using rudimentary boards made of solid wood. These men were photographed at Tahunanui, Nelson.

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Nelson Provincial Museum, Kingsford Collection
Reference: 160970/6

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Lifesaving and surfing - The rise of surfing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006