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This book offers a critical examination of the construction of surfing spaces, examining the ‘where’ of surfing to explore how surfers order and border the places of the beach, as well as the ‘place’ of the surfed wave itself. It explores how the surfed wave can be understood as an ‘event’ that transforms the identity of the participant, evokes relational sensibilities and promotes both spirituality and feelings of home. Theories of non-representation and more-than-representation are adopted to analyse how surfers communicate these embodied experiences to others. The book also investigates how mobility changes surfing places, through local conflicts, global cultures, and consequences of colonisation. Social movements within surfing are also explored, as well as the commodification of surfing and the economic valuation of the wave.
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction 1. Introducing Surfing Geographies: cartographies of the surfing world Part II. The where of surfing 2. The where of surfing: understanding the littoral zone 3. The where of surfing: how the littoral zone is (b)ordered Part III. The event of surfing 4. The event of surfing: surfing as identity forming 5. The event of surfing: surfing flow, assemblage and convergence 6. The event of surfing: stoke, emotion, and tropophilia Part IV. Surfing and communication 7. Surfing and communication: how we do represent the sea and surfing? 8. Surfing and rhythm: the drift, psychogeography at sea Part V. Surfing and mobility 9. Surfing and mobility: local and travelling surfers 10. Surfing and mobility: surf colonisation Part VI. Surfing as a social movement 11. Surfing and conservation: protecting oceans (SAS) 12. Surfing and conservation: World Surf Reserves Part VII. Surfing and Commodification 13. Surfing and commodification: the surf industry stole my culture 14. Surfing and commodification: Surfonomics and what is a wave worth? 15. Surfing and commodification: can you build a sublime place?
Dr Jon Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography in Cardiff University, UK.