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International Surfing Day Origins

Sponge wrote an email to surf...@primedia.com in response to the
International Surfing Day article in Surfing mag's October 2005 issue:


It's pretty neat to see that the idea of a worldwide surfing day has
finally taken hold. Your instantiation of a global surf session may be
a tad bit overcommercialized, but at least it is a step in the right

However, your magazine would be remiss not to acknowledge the
originators of the idea--the alt.surfing newsgroup. Back in 1993,
during the pioneer days of what would become the Internet, some
computer-geek/surfer types communicating on Usenet (a distributed
Internet discussion system) decided to have a "World Surf Day."

Since then it's been a not-quite yearly event, with varying levels of
participation and stoke. I compiled the first decade at:

We've even had heated discussions over which day would be the
appropriate day: equinoxes or solstices, Earth Day, other holidays (see
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.surfing/msg/668228ca5e28ce89). Such
arcane discussions are the hallmark of "alt.surfers."

One guy (non-alt.surfer) actually tried to legitimize it back in 2002
via his website,
That didn't last long.

But the true alt.surfers have endured, continuing the longstanding

So the next time International Surfing Day rolls around, just remember
to give a tip of your hat to the originators of the event.


Neal "sponge" Miyake

Google Groups : alt.surfing