The Critical Surf Studies Reader

Edited by Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee & Alexander Sotelo Eastman

Kristin Lawler, The American Surfer, Routledge, 2011

Kristin Lawler – College of Mount Saint Vincent, (NY, USA)

Kristin Lawler is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York City. Her first book, The American Surfer: Radical Culture and Capitalism, was published by Routledge in 2011, and her latest essay, “Fix the Tired: Cultural Politics and the Struggle for Shorter Hours,” is included in the edited collection Living with Class: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture, published by Palgrave in 2014. Her essay, “The Politics of Austerity and the Ikarian Dream” appeared in Z Magazine in the summer of 2013, and she is currently at work […]

Patrick Moser, Drury University

Patrick Moser, Drury University (MO, USA)

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 […]

Douglas Booth, Otago University (Dunedin, New Zealand)

Biography: Professor Douglas Booth began his academic career in the mid-1980s in the Development Studies Unit at the University of Natal (Durban, South Africa) as a postgraduate student and researcher. During the course of his research into politics of economic underdevelopment under apartheid, Douglas became interested in the sports boycott of South Africa which led him to research the social meaning of sports. In 1993, Professor Booth completed his PhD in the Politics Department at Macquarie University (Sydney) under the supervision of Colin Tatz, which traced the history of the sports boycott in South Africa. Douglas began lecturing the social […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scott Laderman, University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN, USA)

Above: Duluth, 2008. Photo: T.C. Worley/New York Times Scott Laderman is an associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and the author, most recently, of Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing (University of California Press, 2014). Laderman in Duluth, Minnesota, 2009. Photo: Laderman Born and raised in Los Angeles, Scott spent many of his most formative years surfing along the Southern California coast. After graduating from high school, he moved to Santa Cruz, where he attended Cabrillo College for two years (surfing everywhere between Año Nuevo and Moss Landing) before transferring to the University of […]

Glen Thompson, Stellenbosch University (Western Cape, South Africa)

Editor’s note: As the volume continues to take shape, we will be posting biographies and bibliographies of the many contributors to the volume. Links to full-text publications, journal websites, and contact information are provided where possible. We begin with Glen Thompson, Research Associate in the Department of History at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Glen Thompson is a research associate in the Department of History at Stellenbosch University. In December 2014 he completed his PhD dissertation, which focused on surfing, gender and politics in South Africa (1960 – 2000s). He first started working on critical surfing and beach histories in 1996 after […]

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