The Critical Surf Studies Reader

Edited by Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee & Alexander Sotelo Eastman

Cleber Dias, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil)

Cleber Dias is Professor of Leisure Studies at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Dias was born and raised in the Zona Oeste area of Rio de Janeiro, a low-income area of the city relatively distant from the beach. After graduating from college in 2004 he worked as a research assistant on a project that analyzed outdoor sports in Rio de Janeiro, where he first came into contact with the academic universe and its coupling with lifestyle sports. At the time, Dias frequented climbing clubs and gyms and other areas used for the practice of adventure […]

Rafael Fortes, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro/UNIRIO (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Rafael Fortes is Professor of Communications in the Departamento de Ciências Sociais at UNIRIO. He is also affiliated with the Programa de Pós-Graduação Interdisciplinar em Estudos do Lazer da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) where he coordinates doctoral and master’s level research. Fortes was born in Niterói (RJ), where as a child he spent many weekends catching waves and bodyboarding at the beaches of ‘the strong,’ São João e Imbuí. As a teen, he began to frequent Itacoatiara and listening to rock and surf music on Fluminense FM, although he ultimately ended up trading bodyboarding for other sports. He’s lived in the […]

Clifton Evers, University of Nottingham, Ningbo (Zhejiang, China)

Above: Clifton Evers. Photo: Devocean Clifton Evers grew up surfing the Gold Coast, Australia. He has traveled widely for academic work and to surf e.g. Australia, Indonesia, Fiji, Taiwan, New Caledonia, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Spain, New Zealand, Philippines, Vietnam, China, Japan, and more. He particularly likes cold water surfing with just the birds for company. After some years working in restaurants, banks, grocery stores, surf shops, and bakeries he undertook his undergraduate studies at Griffith University. Clifton then undertook PhD research at the University of Sydney, where he focused his studies on the relationships between surfing and masculinity. Clifton then […]

Cori Schumacher, Independent Scholar & Activist (San Diego, CA, USA)

Cori Schumacher began surfing at the age of 5 and competing at the age of 8. During her competitive career, she won acclaim in both shortboarding and longboarding categories. Schumacher garnered multiple national and international titles in shortboarding, moving steadily forward onto the professional surfing tour (then the Association of Surfing Professionals, now the World Surf League). She decided to drop off the professional shortboard circuit after experiencing the inequality and prejudicial nature of the professional surfing paradigm. Later, she returned to longboard competition where she became a 3-time World Longboard Champion (2000, 2001, 2010). As the defending world champion, Schumacher […]

Cori Schumacher calls attention to Women in Board & Action Sports’ latest initiative

Cori Schumacher –independent scholar, world champion surfer, activist, and contributor to The Critical Surf Studies Reader– has been highlighting some of the powerful work being done by the coalition over at the Women in Board and Action Sports (WIB) organization. In the wake of the January action sports industry’s winter trade show season, WIB has drummed up some pretty phenomenal imagery–seen below–to highlight the larger board sports industry’s questionable marketing practices and the disparity in expectations for male and female practitioners of surf, skate, and snow sports.   You can check out Cori’s ruminations on the WIB campaign on her site: corischumacher.com And […]

Robin Canniford, University of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia)

Above: Meditation on the separation of nature and culture. Photo: Canniford. Robin graduated from the University of Exeter in 2007 with a PhD in Social Sciences. Having learned to surf in the subzero temperatures of the North Atlantic winter, he was drawn to the Southern Hemisphere by pictures of people surfing without gloves. Since 2010, he has lived on Victoria’s Surf Coast, and works at the University of Melbourne where he is a co-director of the Cluster for Organisation, Society, Markets (COSM) in the faculty of Business and Economics.     Robin’s research investigates how ‘nature’ is figured in markets […]

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