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Sky Surfing is a form of surfing where competitors use a small surfboard to perform tricks and stunts while free-falling from a plane. Sky surfing is a form of skydiving in which the skydiver wears a board attached to their feet and perform surfing-style aerobatics during freefall. The boards used are generally smaller than actual surfboards and are more alike to snowboards. Sky surfing reached its peak in popularity in the late 1990s. Sky surfers were featured in prime time television commercials for major brands like Pepsi, AT&T and others. Competitive team sky surfing was featured as part of the ESPN X Games from 1995 to 2000.
There are records of skydivers experimenting with sky surfing dating back to the 1980s. However, the sport did not take off and become recognized until the 1990s due mainly to the efforts of the early skydivers, such as the late Patrick de Gayardon, to master the more complex aerobatics.