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Surfboard industry thesis completed

Having completed my PhD last month I thought I should post a final PDF copy on the CAMRA website so that anyone interested can access and read it. The thesis, supervised by Chris Gibson, used ethnographic methods to examine the cultural economy of surfboard production in independent surfboard factories along southern California, O'ahu, Hawai'i and east coast Australia.


Crafting surfboards conference paper

Late last month I travelled to New York to attend the annual Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference - along with 6,000 other geographers!


Hawai'i and surfing

Having handed my thesis in last month, I have spent the past few weeks back in Hawai'i catching up with the surfboard workshops and makers that form a large part of our forthcoming book on the surfboard industry.

Since arriving on O'ahu the waves on the North Shore have been pretty good and my trip has coincided with the 2011 Vans Triple crown of surfing; which includes the final World Championship Tour (WCT) event, the Pipeline Masters.


Contestation in the cultural history of Australian surfing...

There are now 2.2 million recreational surfers in Australia; meaning one in ten of us ride waves for fun! This is not surprising given we have a wave dominated coastline, which makes Oz an ideal surfing environment. Duke Paoa Kahanamoku's surboard


Surfing culture

The history of stand up surfing in Australia is a great story.

Duke at Freshwater Beach 1915


New cultural research article to check out...

A new article has just been published in the journal, Cultural Trends examining the use of geographic information technologies in 'doing'  cultural mapping, planning and industries research. Check the article out below.


Conference paper- Surfboard making

My PhD research with Wollongong's surfboard makers, along with other field work conducted in Hawaii and southern California, will be used to give a presentation at this year's Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference in Seattle, USA. The session is in 'Media, Culture and Development'. Here is the abstract to the paper.

Local makers, global markets: The decline of artisan production in the surfboard industry.


Forthcoming article to check out...

An article co-authored by Dr George Morgan (UWS) and I examining Aboriginal youth, hip hop participation and identity politics will be coming out shortly in the Journal of Ethnic & Racial Studies. The accepted manuscript is attached for anyone interested.


New cultural environmental research centre opened at UOW...

On Monday 12th July, Federal Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts Minister Peter Garrett opened the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research - AUSCCER (pronounced OSCAR!) - at the University of Wollongong.


From Wollongong to California: Investigating surf culture and the surfboard industry

As part of a recent trip to the US attending and presenting at the world's largest geographers conference (AAG), I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a week in southern California researching local surf culture and surfboard industry. As part of an examination into changes enveloping the surfboard market I was able to link up with three well known American shapers: Tim from Bessell Surfboards, Terry from Senate Surfboards and Greg from Sauritch Surfboards.



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