Surfing | History of the Sport, Gidget, California Sound (TSB072)
Published June 26, 2017
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    It’s officially summer, if you’re listening to this episode around the time it comes out in June of 2017. Let’s get away from the deep subjects like we had last week with The Story Behind Hypnotism and The Story Behind Subliminal Messages and do a lighter topic. Maybe something you can listen to while laying in the sand on the beach somewhere soaking up the summer sun. Or, if you’ve just found the Story Behind and listening to past episodes in the cold winter months, transport yourself mentally to the beach as you listen.

    Even if you’re not one of the 23 million people worldwide who participate in the pastime I’m focusing on in this week’s episodes, you can feel like you’re riding the waves with two episodes focusing on the sport and some of the language surrounding it.

    I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Surfing.

    The role of Duke Kahanamoku was played by Dan Brenic from the Netflix N’ Swill podcast.

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    And Robots

    Music for Makers

    Jeff Spicoli - YouTube


    Book - Legends of Surfing: The Greatest Surfriders from Duke Kahanamoku to Kelly Slater by Duke Boyd

    History of the Surf Board - Club of the Waves

    The Origins of Surfing - The Sport of Kings

    Surfing Statistics -Statistic Brain

    A Beginner’s Guide To The Sweet, Stinging Nostalgia Of The Beach Boys - A.V. Club

    History Of Surfing: Gidget, The All-powerful -

    Video - David Davis: "Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku" | Talks at Google

    The Origin of the Word Surfing

    Glossary of Surfing Terms - Surfer Today

    What The Hell Does "Cowabunga" Mean, Anyhow? - BuzzFeed

    Video - Writer Eddie Kean on the origin of "Cowabunga" on The Howdy Doody Show

    The History of the Dude - Good

    The History of the Famous Surfing Shaka Sign - Surfer Today

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