lifeguarding and surfing

This unfinished page contains text from either the 2003 or 2005 print version of Encyclopedia of Surfing. An updated version, with more photos, is coming soon.

Lifeguarding and surfing are now only casually linked, but in the first half of the 20th century the two grew and developed almost as one. As beachside recreation soared in popularity in America during the first two decades of the 1900s, aquatic lifesaving techniques and methods were developed by the Red Cross, the YMCA, and the Boy Scouts, then adopted by beachfront municipalities and beach-based...

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