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The undercurrent of sex and sexuality that runs through surfing has at times overshadowed the act of wave-riding itself. Prior to the early 1800s, men and women surfers in Hawaii often used the wave zone as a venue for flirting and display, and a shared wave often amounted to foreplay. Westerners got their first look at surfing through sketches of nude Polynesian women riding gracefully for shore;...
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Kelly Slater, Pam Anderson; Interview magazine, 1996Subscribe to view
Surfside Sex, 1966Subscribe to view
Duke Kahanamoku, 1915Subscribe to view
Mike Purpus in Playgirl, 1974Subscribe to view
Alana Blanchard. Photo: Jimmy WilsonSubscribe to view
19th century engraving
Kelly Slater, Pam Anderson; Interview magazine, 1996
Surfside Sex, 1966
Duke Kahanamoku, 1915
Mike Purpus in Playgirl, 1974
Alana Blanchard. Photo: Jimmy Wilson