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Surfing Places, Surfboard MakersCraft, Creativity, and Cultural Heritage in Hawaii, California, and Australia$
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Andrew Warren and Chris Gibson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838287

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838287.001.0001

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Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers

Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers

A Historical Geography

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Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers

Andrew Warren

Chris Gibson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on surfing places and the surfboard-making scenes that evolved there. More specifically, it provides a historical backdrop of surfing in Hawaiʻi, Southern California, and east coast Australia. In these places, surfing is accompanied by wider historical narratives of colonialism, postwar population growth, popular culture, coastal suburban and regional development. All three places boast vibrant surfing cultures, legacies, and unique board-making skills. They are linked by networks of surfboard production and distribution: a shared passion for surfing is matched by flows of people, ideas, and products. This chapter examines how cultural traditions, personal passions, sporting competitiveness, and local geography influence surfboard making in Hawaiʻi, Southern California, and east coast Australia. It shows that the three places together constitute the source of the major innovations in surfing and in surfboard design, epitomizing crafting, creativity, and cultural heritage in the Pacific.

Keywords:   surfing, Hawaiʻi, Southern California, Australia, cultural traditions, local geography, surfboard making, surfboard design, creativity, cultural heritage

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