Call for Papers

Scholars from all backgrounds and disciplines – humanities, social and natural sciences, cultural studies, ethnic studies, sports studies, etc. - are invited to join us in a comprehensive examination of the phenomenon we call surfing. We also welcome graduate and undergraduate students, writers, journalists, community activists, professional and casual surfers to join us in a celebration of, and critical reflection upon, the culture and history of surfing.

Panel/Poster presentation topics for consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • Surfing Subcultures
  • Surfing and Sexualities
  • Nature, the Sublime and Surfing
  • Embodiment and Flow: The Phenomenology of Surfing
  • Race, Class and Gender in the Surfing Community
  • Artificial Wave Pools and the Future of Surfing
  • Surfing and the Counterculture
  • Surfing: Sport or Art?
  • Surfing on Film
  • Localism in Surf Culture
  • Perceptions of the Sea and the Beach as Liminal Zone in Surf Culture
  • The Physics of Waves and the Physiology of Surfing
  • Surfers and Environmentalism
  • The Professionalization of Surfing
  • Technological Change and Its Impact on Surf Culture
  • The Political Economy of the Surfing Industry
  • Sustainable Surf Tourism
  • Global Capitalism and Surf Travel
  • The Repression and Revival of Surfing
  • Surf Music
  • Surfing and Popular Culture
  • The Relationship of Surfing to Colonialism
  • The Hawaiian Roots of Surfing

Each panelist will have approximately 25 minutes to present their paper and each session will have 15-20 minutes for discussion based upon audience questions.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, a poster, or organizing a panel, please submit a 500-word abstract by the new extended deadline January 16th. For panels, please also include a title for the panel and list of panelists.

Please submit abstracts below. Decisions regarding the program format will be made by late January 2019.

For questions, please contact Dr. David Kamper at, Dr. Mike Roberts at, or Dr. Jess Ponting at