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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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Crafting Surfboards

Crafting Surfboards

Gender, Bodies, and Emotions

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Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers

Andrew Warren

Chris Gibson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the gender, emotional, and embodied dimensions of surfboard making. As an extension of U.S. and Australian surfing subculture, the surfboard industry is highly gendered, employing more men than women for manual work. Yet surfboard workshops are settings that require highly tuned embodied skills: a fine sense of feel, keen eye for detail, ability to relate with customers and materialize designs that match their expectations. Surfboard makers work in informal, subcultural settings. They become emotionally attached to the work, lifestyles, and social life from employment in the industry. Drawing on interviews with individual board makers as well as their personal stories, this chapter discusses the ways in which emotion, bodies, and gender converge in the process of surfboard making. It considers the emotional rewards of making surfboards as well as the health effects of hand making surfboards. It shows that the surfboard industry is not only about commerce but also about social relations, networks, and friendships.

Keywords:   gender, emotion, surfboard making, surfing subculture, surfboard industry, social life, bodies, health, social relations, friendships

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