RIDING the ocean breakers on surfboards made of cloth is a
novel sport that is becoming popular at a California beach
resort. Looking like a giant's pillowcase, the "boards" are
made from four yards of good-quality muslin, which becomes
air-tight when wet.
The cloth is doubled lengthwise and sewed along both sides
with a triple row of fine stitches.
Around the open end a strong hem is stitched. In use, the
bag is first thoroughly soaked, and then filled with air by
holding it open to the breeze or running a few paces with
With a quick downward motion, the open end is pushed under
water to trap the air and twisted shut like a paper bag.
The rider then grasps the twisted end and takes off into the
|Above, ready for the
Running with the
cloth surfboard to "balloon" it full of air
Below, a group of
enthusiasts ride toward the shore on their odd