1st Edition

Surfing Spaces

By Jon Anderson Copyright 2022
    250 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    250 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The act of surfing involves highly-skilled humans gliding, sliding, or otherwise riding waves of energy as they pass through water. As this book argues, however, this act of surfing does not exist in isolation. It is defined by the cultures and geographies that synergize with it – by the places, ideas, images, and other representations which at once reflect, create, and commodify this spatial practice.

    This book innovatively explores the spaces of surf and surf-riding, informed specifically by the perspective of human geography. Based on a range of critical turns within the social sciences, the book explores the locations, relational sensibilities, and transformative nature of surfing spaces, and examines how the spatial practice has been scripted by dominant surfing cultures. The book details how prescriptive (b)orders of access, entitlement, and marginalization have been created, and how, with the advent of new craft, media, and ideals, they are being actively challenged to redefine surfing spaces in the twenty-first century.

    Chapter 1 Welcome to Surfing Spaces

    Chapter 2 Turning towards Surfing Spaces

    Part I

    Chapter 3 Locating Surfing Spaces

    Chapter 4 Relating to Surfing Spaces

    Chapter 5 The Surf-Riding Cyborg

    Chapter 6 The Relational Sensibilities of Surfing Spaces

    Chapter 7 The Stoke of Surf-Riders

    Chapter 8 The Event of Surfing Spaces

    Part II

    Chapter 9 The heterogeneous histories of surfing spaces and their cultural colonisation Chapter 10 The Imagineering of Surfing Spaces

    Chapter 11 The International Influence of the Surfing Spaces Script

    Chapter 12 Coding Surfing Spaces: Surf-Rider Positioning

    Chapter 13 Codes of Surf-Rider Provenance

    Chapter 14 Codes of Craft

    Chapter 15 Codes of Gender

    Chapter 16 Codes of Travel: the Trans-local Surf-Rider

    Chapter 17 New Surfing Spaces


    Jon Anderson is a Professor of Human Geography in the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK.