Surfing is an ancient sport that dates back thousands of years and has a history that intersects with colonialism, World War II and 1960′s counterculture. Writers Jack London and Mark Twain both tried surfing; Twain believed that only Hawaiian natives ever mastered the sport, but London wrote about surfing as a way to reconnect with nature. In early May 2012, the Guinness World Records recognized pro surfer Garrett McNamara for surfing the biggest wave ever ridden, a 78-footer he caught off the coast of Portugal last November.
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