The timeline of surfboards shows the development of the surfboard throughout surfing history.
It all began in Australia with the Duke’s ( Duke Kahanamoku ) display of surfing at Freshwater beach on Sydney’s northern beaches. There were others that surfed Sydney’s beaches prior to this display, however they rode a different style of board and little was known of them. The Duke however was in Australia for the Olympics as he was an olympic swimming champion. The Duke had a board made from sugar pine which was slightly heavier than he was used to, but it showed a new style of surfing not seen prior to his display. The Duke was a complete waterman and is honoured in so many ways throughout surfing’s history, it would be fair to say he is the father of surfing.
The development of the surfboard from the solid plank, hollow plywood toothpick’s, balsa logs, foam boards and then the experimental stages of size shape and design has led to the lightweight machine shaped boards of today.