Cori Schumacher: State of Flux

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Wednesday

19

March 2014

9

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And what of the current state of women’s pro surfing?

Written by , Posted in Deconstructing Surfing, Feminism, History, Surfing

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“It’s time to take women’s competitive surfing to the next level.” These words have been echoing through the halls of women’s surfing since pro surfing began in earnest in 1976. Then, only 20% of the total prize purse for competitions was allocated to female competitive surfers. With the exponential growth in participation and interest in […]

Wednesday

2

October 2013

2

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Emboldening the Renaissance of Surfing

Written by , Posted in Deconstructing Surfing, Surfing

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Decentralizing the male competitive/professional surfer as the measure by which good surfing is gauged may be the most important shift in surfing’s renaissance. I make no apologies if using the word “renaissance” comes off sounding grandiose. Rather than focus on the “hipster” conversation and its idea of authenticity, that evokes little more than opinions surrounding […]

Saturday

7

September 2013

10

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Road to Roxy

Written by , Posted in Deconstructing Surfing, Feminism, Media Literacy, Surfing

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  Interspersed in this post are some amazing voices from those who are supporting a petition to ask Roxy to stop using “sexy” to sell their products, a request that I argue pertains to the entire surf industry. You can read about the video that started it all here. You can add your voice to […]

Tuesday

30

July 2013

11

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I Predict a Riot, US Open 2013

Written by , Posted in Deconstructing Surfing, Environmental Justice, Surfing

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Much reporting and discussion about the recent riots at the US Open has been floating about that highlights the disconnect between how the surfing lifestyle has been marketed by Big Surfing and how it is lived, that is, the epic gulf that exists between surfing-as-a-business and surfing-the-activity. A list of supposed riot provocateurs can be […]

Saturday

1

June 2013

2

COMMENTS

Reconstructing Surfing

Written by , Posted in Deconstructing Surfing, environment, Surfing

Environmental justice, as opposed to simple environmentalism that can be co-opted by corporate consumerism to drive sales in the mode of greenwashing, understands that all forms of oppression are interconnected. That is, oppressions of race, sexuality, gender, class; oppressions that privilege heterosexuality and certain body types over others; oppressions that encourage (often in complicity via […]

Monday

20

May 2013

2

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Tuesday

7

May 2013

4

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Endless Cannibalization of Authenticity, Cease

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When Oceans Find Voices

Bruce Brown’s 1966 The Endless Summer(TES) presented an alternative narrative to the shenanigans of the many beach/surfy lifestyle movies that erupted from Hollywood after Gidget emerged to much fanfare in 1958. In TES, there are no post-surf bonfire orgies, no frustrating hetero-love triangles that finally resolve in dramatic Hollywood fashion, and certainly no surfing ladies […]

Friday

10

August 2012

7

COMMENTS

Surfing’s Culture of Silence

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“Platforms are judged by the value generated by their ecosystem, not by the value the platforms directly capture.” -Dalton Caldwell (Please be advised, this post contains explicit language from Twitter feeds.) The language of surfing has long been dominated by the motion and gestures of the body. The narratives we construct, the legends, the mythologies, […]