Los Angeles impresses visitors by its size - this sprawling city boasts an interminable succession of districts and suburbs, an extensive motorway network and nearly 18 million inhabitants. The last stop on the frontiers' push west, the city still represents dreams of prosperity for many, of which Hollywood plays only a part. Just a century old, Los Angeles has a creative energy which makes it the second economic hub in the country, and boasts a vibrant cultural life symbolised by its superb museums.
With its origins in Hawaï, surfing developed in California nearly a century ago due to the efforts of a man named Duke. Ever since this sport has been an integral part of West Coast American culture associated with sun, girls in bikinis and nice cars. In 2011 this legendary beach culture is still truly alive and kicking.