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Polynesian Roots and Surf Culture
Surfing first developed in the roots of Polynesia, as part of a culture
that calls the ocean its home. Earliest surfing was practiced by a people
who were humankind's ultimate ocean traversing seafarers. Surfing, itself,
came about at a time when the Polynesian race was just getting under way
and epic migrations were taking place.
The ancestors of the Polynesian people are believed to be a Caucasian offshoot
that reached the islands of the Malay archipelago from the west. While in
what is now known collectively as Indonesia, they came in contact with the
Mongoloid ancestors of the Malays who had pushed south into the same region.
A certain amount of intermixture took place, followed by substantive conflict
of an unknown nature. This conflict resulted in a subsequent push further
east into the Pacific by the mixed Caucasian-Mongoloid people. This mixed
people formed the Polynesian, race, which "grew from a small population
of mixed origins, developing distinctive racial and cultural characteristics"
between 2000 B.C. and 1500 B.C.
Elsewhere around the planet, this was the time when Hammurabi ruled Babylon
and established his famous "Code of Hammurabi." Stonehenge was a center
of religious worship in England. The "Book of the Dead" was written and
copied, collecting religious documents of the 18th Egyptian dynasty, and
the first tomb was built in the Valley of Kings. Advanced ship building
was yet to take place in the Mediterranean and Scandinavia.
The Polynesian ancestors developed a knowledge of seacraft by developing
outrigger and double-hulled canoes, which enabled them to expand the area
of their seafaring. By making voyages between the large islands of Indonesia,
these people acquired the knowledge necessary to lead them and their later
generations to the farthest islands in the vast Pacific Ocean.