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The Critical Surf Studies Reader

Edited by Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee and Alexander Sotelo Eastman

The evolution of surfing—from the first forms of wave-riding in Oceania, Africa, and the Americas to the inauguration of surfing as a competitive sport at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics—traverses the age of empire, the rise of globalization, and the onset of the digital age, taking on new meanings at each juncture. As corporations have sought to promote surfing as a lifestyle and leisure enterprise, the sport has also narrated its own epic myths that place North America at the center of surf culture and relegate Hawai‘i and other indigenous surfing cultures to the margins. The Critical Surf Studies Reader brings together eighteen interdisciplinary essays that explore surfing's history and development as a practice embedded in complex and sometimes oppositional social, political, economic, and cultural relations. Refocusing the history and culture of surfing, this volume pays particular attention to reclaiming the roles that women, indigenous peoples, and people of color have played in surfing.

Contributors. Douglas Booth, Peter Brosius, Robin Canniford, Krista Comer, Kevin Dawson, Clifton Evers, Chris Gibson, Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee, Scott Laderman, Kristin Lawler, lisahunter, Colleen McGloin, Patrick Moser, Tara Ruttenberg, Cori Schumacher, Alexander Sotelo Eastman, Glen Thompson, Isaiah Helekunihi Walker, Andrew Warren, Belinda Wheaton

Bibliographic Information

Title: 
The Critical Surf Studies Reader
Edited by: 
  • Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee
  • Alexander Sotelo Eastman
Published: 
2017-08-11
Copyright year: 
  • 2017
ISBN electronic: 
978-0-8223-7282-0
ISBN cloth: 
978-0-8223-6957-8
ISBN paper: 
978-0-8223-6972-1

Author Bio

  • Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee is a Ph.D. candidate and instructor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. Alexander Sotelo Eastman is a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College.

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