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 went on to work for the Gender and Cultural Studies Department at University of Sydney, then onto a position as postdoctoral fellow at the University of New South Wales. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China.
Clifton is particularly interested in the intersection of gender, surfing, bodies, space/place, and emotions. His research on such matters has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Social & Cultural Geography, South Atlantic Quarterly, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, and Cultural Studies Review. Clifton is currently researching surfing in China. He is also enthusiastic about researching digital media technologies and their presence in surfing. Clifton recently published a chapter on masculinity, surfing, and mobile phones in the Routledge Companion to Mobile Media (Routledge, 2015) and has a forthcoming chapter in Researching Embodied Sport: Exploring Movement Cultures (Routledge, 2015) about the GoPro camera as a research tool in the sea.
A central aim of Clifton’s is to have research brought to and serve the wider public. Clifton’s book Notes For a Young Surfer (Melbourne University Press, 2010) gets involved in debates about masculinity as it pertains to violence, sexism, sexual assault, consumerism, homophobia, and more. The book takes cutting-edge theory and research and makes this accessible to a young adult audience. Clifton was a chief editor of Kurungabaa–a journal of literature, history and ideas from the sea from 2007-2014; joined in on the surf documentary Out in the Lineup; and has written for surfing publications such as Swellnet.