Surfing has become a way of life for thousands of years among the Pacific Islands. In ancient times, surfing skills you gain real political power. In the early 1900s, the surf began to be recognized by international sports organizations as a legitimate sport. Surfing mainstream popularity in the United States peaked in the early 1960's, with music, movies, and television programs dedicated to the surfing lifestyle.Surfing is still a popular sport at any beach where there are many waves, and surfers are now pushing the boundaries, which is drawn into a big wave. Boards get smaller and lighter and surf culture is more conservative than in the early days, but modern surfers still appreciate the ebb and flow to wait for the perfect wave and riding it down to the sand.