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Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers: Craft, Creativity, and Cultural Heritage in Hawaii, California, and Australia

Andrew Warren and Chris Gibson


Over the last forty years, surfing has emerged from its Pacific islands origins to become a global industry. Since its beginnings, surfing's icon has been the surfboard. To a surfer, a board is more than a piece of equipment; it is a symbol, a physical emblem of cultural, social, and emotional meanings. Based on research in Hawaiʻi, southern California, and southeastern Australia this book traces the surfboard from regional craft tradition to its key role in the billion-dollar surfing business. The surfboard workshops of Hawaiʻi, California, and Australia are much more than sites of surfboard ... More

Keywords: surfing, Pacific islands, surfboard workshops, hand-crafting, kahuna, surfboard making, olo boards, globalization, corporatization, Hawaiʻi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838287
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Warren, author
University of New England

Chris Gibson, author
Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, University of Wollongong