The Washington State coastline is the third longest in the U.S. If you are a surfer, then you’re probably well aware of this fact and know exactly where and when to catch a break.
Homeowners of Seabrook and residents of Grays Harbor County surf the waves right at Seabrook, where the beach is, on-average, a 5-minute walk from anywhere in town.
“As you sit on your board beyond the waves waiting for the break, the peaceful quietness is all you hear.” – Grays Harbor County resident who surfs at Seabrook
If you’re interested in trying the waves, then visit Buck’s Northwest (previously Buck’s Bikes). Located on Front Street next to Seabrook Cottage Rentals and Front Street Market, you can practically see your waves and plot your course. Buck rents surfboards and wetsuits, plus he gives great tips and locales, depending on your level.
10 FACTS TO SHARE FROM FACT RETRIEVER
- Surfing is among the oldest sports on Earth. While the precise origin of surfing is uncertain, prehistoric stone carvings in Chan Chan in Peru that date back 5,000 years show people surfing.
- In 1778, Captain James Cook sailed to the Hawaiian Islands and was the first European to witness the locals surfing. He saw a surfer whom he described as someone “who had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and smoothly by the seas.”
- The Hawaiians referred to surfing as he’enalu, which means “wave sliding.” For Hawaiians, surfing was a central part of their religion. Surfing not only encompassed deep spiritual links with the ocean, but it was also a way for ceremonial chiefs to assert their dominance.
- The “Father of Modern Surfing” is considered to be Duke Kahanamoku (1890–1968), an Olympic swimmer who started a surf club in Waikiki Beach.
- Kelly Slater (1972– ) holds the record for most money made by a surfer in one year when he made $3 million in 2009. He is the most successful surfing champion in the world.
- The invention of the wetsuit helped surfers surf year-round and practice longer in cold water. This led to the progression of surfboard design and allowed surfers to develop more radical surfing moves.
- A “Neptune Cocktail” is an unintended gulp of seawater that a surfer takes during a wipeout.
- Surfing is a $10 billion global industry that has more than 20 million participants worldwide.
- The longest ride ever on a single wave was 37 minutes on a pororoca, which is a tidal bore wave on the Amazon River.
- According to dailystoke.com, surfing will make its début in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. (2020 Summer Olympics were postponed one year due to COVID-19 worldwide crisis.)
Source: FACT RETRIEVER.