Patrick Moser is Professor of French at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where he first started teaching a class on the history and culture of surfing for the University Honors Program in 2000. He is the editor of Pacific Passages: An Anthology of Surf Writing (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008), a collection that presents several centuries of writings—from Hawaiian legends and journals by explorers, missionaries, and travelers to contemporary accounts of the sport. Pacific Passages was the basis for a course Moser taught in the summer of 2009 for the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His research interests include early surf history in Polynesia and California (pre-World War II). Additional academic activities related to surfing include serving as a peer-reviewer for articles on surfing for the Pacific Historical Review and American Anthropologist. He has also provided new etymological and dating evidence to the Oxford English Dictionary for a number of surfing-related terms. His chapter on the history of surfing appeared in The Pacific Region: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures (Greenwood Press, 2004).
Moser has collaborated with 1977 world surfing champion Shaun Tomson on two books: The Code: The Power of ‘I Will’ (Gibbs Smith, 2013;) [click here for Surfer magazine’s review of The Code] and Surfer’s Code: 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life (Gibbs Smith, 2006). He has published articles in Surfer magazine and The Surfer’s Journal that cover surf travel to Mexico, France, and Lake Michigan. His essays on surf history have appeared in Bamboo Ridge, Gingko Tree Review, Sport Literate, and Kurungabaa: a journal of literature, history and ideas from the sea. He received the Carol Houck Smith Fellowship to attend the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2012. The same year his essay, “The Reports of Surfing’s Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated,” was awarded a “Notable” entry in Best American Sports Writing 2012 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Although he now lives far from the coast, Moser is a native Californian and enjoys surfing whenever he gets back home. He is currently researching the history of surfing in Hawai‘i in the 18th and 19th centuries.