Have you ever heard the skateboarding term “goofy foot?” When riding a surf board, snowboard or skateboard people refer to the two stances as regular foot (left foot leads on the board) or goofy foot (right foot leads).
But why Goofy foot?
According to legend, it goes back to one of the earliest media for surfing, a 1937 Disney cartoon called Hawaiian Holiday. All the stars of the show, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy enjoy the sand and surf of the American tropical territory.
During the cartoon Goofy tries his hand at surfing and after a few attempts, actually gets on the board and would you look at that, Goofy leads with his right foot.
Surfer Today says that Hawaiian Holiday is the first ever animated surf movie.
Well…now I’m curious, what was the first ever surf movie?
The first pictures of people riding surf boards comes from a Thomas Edison film from 1906. He sent camerman Robert Bonine to Hawaii to capture scenes of life from the Polynesian-American territory and in process captured the first ever film of people surfing.
There ya go, next time you’re riding and you hear someone say “goofy foot,” you’ll know something.