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1st Edition

Surfing Spaces

ISBN 9781138849341
Published August 4, 2022 by Routledge
250 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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