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Hawaii & Surfing as we know it
Surfing, as we know it however, stems from Polynesian origins and not
primarily from the Hawaiian development of the sport. As part of
the general marine adaptation pioneered by the first people to enter the
open Pacific, papa he`e nalu became a recreational activity that was most
highly developed by the Hawaiians. The first Polynesian settlers to land
in Hawai`i were probably already skilled in simple surfing, and perhaps
after a few hundred years of riding Hawai`i's waves the uniquely Hawaiian
form of the sport emerged. So, actually, that first ride or first stoke
could have been as early as 2000 B.C., at the outset of Polynesian migration
from the Malay archipelago.