A Tiburon planky. Photo by Jesús Belmonte "Sancheski."
The conventional account is that surfing was introduced to Europe, first in France by the actor Peter Viertel in 1957. Contrary to this account, there is evidence of people riding waves on a variety of surf craft a number of years before this in France, Portugal, Italy and Spain. This prone surfing, may not have captured the public imagination to the same extent as standup surfing, but some of these early surfers became influential in the development of standup surfing in their respective countries. These early surfers also displayed a stoke that is worth recognising.
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