Type of surfing done from a kneeling position, usually on a small, wide, blunt-nosed board; a popular and progressive alternative to stand-up surfing in the 1960s and '70s, but a fading practice by the '80s.

Kneeboarders often say they chose their version of the sport over stand-up surfing because of the increased sensation of speed that comes from riding closer to the water surface. In decades past, kneeboards were more maneuverable by far than regular boards, were easier to fit into tight ...