The sport of surfing, known for its long waves and the high-water mark of its popularity, is not as popular as you’d think.
A study by surfing website SurfStats shows that surfing is still one of the fastest growing sport in the world.
However, with more than 8 million active surfers worldwide, and the popularity of many surfing sites, many surfers do not realise they are surfing.
We spoke to the men and women who use the sport for recreation.
What is surfing?
Surf is a sport in which two people swim, or wave, in the water together, with the waves bouncing off the water surface.
This is similar to how water sports are played on the ice, with two teams playing against each other.
For the surfing community, surfing is a very popular sport that is usually played on beach areas in Australia, the United States, New Zealand and around the world, with a number of locations offering competitive events and other special events.
The waves are generally small, with waves ranging in length from 1 to 3 metres (5 to 9 feet) and the wave heights ranging from 20 metres (65 feet) to more than 50 metres (164 feet).
Surfers usually play for a fee, but the prize can be huge: for example, a surfer could win a trip to the moon.
In the US, surfers compete in the National Surf League, where they compete against other surfers for a chance to win big prizes, including surfing trophies.
In Europe, the International Surfing Association (ISA) of Surfing, a body of surfers and surfers’ leaders, is responsible for the international surfing calendar.
Surfing has been popular in Australia for over 100 years.
What are the rules?
The rules for surfing are different in each region.
In North America, surfing requires a surfist to wear a helmet.
In Canada, a surfist must wear a face mask, a reflective vest or goggles.
In Australia, there is no helmet requirement.
In South America, a wave must be bigger than 5 metres (16 feet) long and the swell must be at least 10 metres (33 feet) high.
In other countries, surfing standards vary depending on the local surf culture and the weather.
In many countries, surf is considered a sport of leisure and not a sport to be played for money.
Some surfing locations allow the use of equipment such as helmets, head-bangers and lifejackets.
However some places, such as Brazil, are very strict about surfers using equipment such that the surfing experience is a physical and psychological challenge.
In some places in Australia there is a surfing charter or surfing club, which allows the surfers to experience the sport on a personal level.
What types of surfing sites do you visit?
The most popular surf sites are in the United Kingdom, where surfers use their own waves for their own personal gain, but there are many other surfing locations around the country.
There are also surfers from countries such as France, Spain and the United Arab Emirates, as well as from overseas.
Some surfers come to surf in cities where the waves are often very large, such a Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore or Dubai.
In France, the largest waves are at the Alpes-Maritimes and the La Brea Tar Pits, and many surf the Great Barrier Reef.
In New Zealand, the biggest waves are in Auckland and the South Island, and there are also some waves at the popular Surf City and other sites in the country’s North Island.
In America, there are a number more surfing sites such as California, Hawaii, Florida and South Dakota, as opposed to smaller surf spots in the South.
Where do you get your surfing?
Some surfing surfers find it hard to get their numbers to surf sites, or even the local sites, because surfing is considered such a risky activity.
However in some countries, such in Australia and New Zealand where surfing is not allowed, there may be more surfing spots available.
Surfers can get their number to surf on the website Surfstats, which gives surfers access to the surfing history of the sport, and other surfing statistics.
It’s important to note that surfing statistics are compiled by the surfing site itself and are not directly linked to the surf sites.
Some websites such as surfstats also use surfers information for marketing purposes.
How do you find a surf spot?
Most surfers will ask for a surfeit of surf, but this is not always the case.
Many surfers may simply be looking for a surf break, which is usually where they go to take a break from the waves, to make room for a bigger wave.
Some other surfing sites allow surfers just to sit down on the beach and have a bit of a break.
How are surfing sites managed?
There are different surfing sites in different regions, which may also be governed by different laws.
Some of the biggest surf spots are in Australia.
In Japan, surf was legal for surfing until 1990