The Hawaiians organized the Hui Nalu (surf club) in the early 1900s. The club competed in neighborly surf competitions with the Outrigger Canoe Club. The event drew a lot of attention to the Waikiki surf shore. The competition helped in revitalizing interest in the sport, which was forgotten in the late 1800s.
One of the popular Olympic stars in Swmming, Duke Kahanamoku, promoted the sport by traveling internationally and displaying his surfing style to thrilled audiences around the world. The event created a storm among Australians, who have always been fascinated by outdoor life; and the style of surf boarding became quite popular in the region. He was also bestowed with the title of surfing the longest wave of all time in 1917. His record breaking 1000 meters plus wave record hasn't been broken yet.
The year 1930s, was considered to be a renaissance for the sport of surfing. Over the years, surf board has undergone lot of changes and modification; right from original solid redwood plank to the present polyurethane foam and fiberglass. Though, the overall make-up of the board has not been modified much.
The huge popularity of surfing has made it no more limited to men and has a large female following as well.