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Jun 26, 2017

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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Music for Makers

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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