Surfing and romance, it turns out, go hand in hand.
In ancient Hawaii, catching the same wave on separate boards was considered a highly romantic gesture.
According to Ben Finney’s and James D. Houston’s Surfing: A History of the Ancient Hawaiian Sport, “Hawaiian legends abound in tales of thwarted and successful love affairs, and surfing played a part in many of them. Great romances could blossom or fade with the rising and falling of the ocean swells.”
As the photos below show, tandem surfing — when two people catch a wave on the same board — can be even more intimate. Being simultaneously in tune with both your sweetheart and the ocean is as exhilarating as it is picture perfect.
So next time a dinner and movie just isn’t cutting it, grab a (very big) board and float out into the waves with your love.