Like men, women surfed in ancient Polynesia. This was especially documented in the waters around Hawaii. Until the 1830s women were actively engaged in surfing. This changed when American missionaries came to the islands and told them that it was not proper for women to be surfing. Women did not begin surfing around the Hawaiian islands again until the late 1800s. By the end of World War II surfing would have a major revival that increased its popularity and participating membership. Women were encouraged to take up surfing by two of the early board designers, in part because these men believed that surfing would help women to keep their feminine figure. Here is a great video showing the beautiful girls of surfing ripping it up and showing that they still got it! Enjoy.