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internet and surfing


The internet—a noncentralized computer network invented by the U.S. Defense Department in the 1960s; now available to PCs, tablets, and smart phones—became part of the surfing world in the mid-'90s, when wired American surfers began accessing websites like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as an aid to wave forecasting. Carlsbad bodysurfer and computer programmer Ron Brivitch set up a video camera in a friend's beachfront home in 1994 to relay 10-second clips of surf conditi...