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Is North America unjustly placed at the center of surfing?



Surf Culture

New book reclaims role of women and indigenous peoples in surfing

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 May, 2017 - Two professors have recently launched a new book featuring a collection of essays that take a look at surfing and the roles women, indigenous people and people of color play the North American perception of who surfs.

The book, edited by two avid surfers who also happen to be professors, covers a huge variety of topics: from surf tourism and sustainability to race and ethnicity, feminism, and the "counterculture" image of surfers.

“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,” says the publisher, Duke University Press.

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.

“Surfing is beautiful, thrilling, fun,” says Matt Warshaw. “Everyone knows this. But surfing is also complicated and deeply paradoxical—and therefore a hell of a lot more interesting than it looks on the surface. The gathered writers in The Critical Surf Studies Reader understand this, and the sport is vastly more interesting for their contribution.”




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