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Today is International Surfing Day. Why surf?
Today is International Surfing Day. Why surf?

Today is International Surfing Day.  But, really, what's so special about surfing? Surfrider Foundation started the celebration 10 years ago -- a day for groms, newbs and pro-surfers alike to salute their sport and the ocean itself. "Get out and enjoy it," Surfrider's Katie Ferguson encouraged via email Friday with the Los Angeles Times. The activist group uses the day to promote the protection of oceans and beaches and "to ensure ... there's clean water to paddle in and waves to surf." The popularity of surfing is growing around the world. A 2012 report shows the number of surfers (or at least, those who claim to be surfers) worldwide grew from 26 million in 2001 to 35 million in...

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