Meet bellyboarding, the art of riding waves on a small wooden board, and an ancient recreational practice that conquered the globe and never disappeared.
Bellyboarding is a prone wave riding activity that it is thought to date as far as 2,000 B.C. Many historians consider it to be the original form of board surfing.
The oldest bellyboard known to man is a 4′-to-4’5” rare model from the early 18th century. The board is part of Hawaii’s Bishop Museum collection and is made of either koa wood or breadfruit.