[Note: this page is work in progress] This page contains a selected annotated bibliography of books and other sources focused on South African surf culture as well as surf literature and academic surfing studies that address surfing outside of South Africa.

Surf studies (academic)

Crawford, Carin. “Waves of Transformation: Californian Surf Culture since World War II,” Unpublished paper for the First International and Eleventh National MELUS Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii, 1997.

Booth, Douglas. Australian Beach Cultures: The History of Sun, Sand and Surf. London and Portland: Frank Cass, 2001.

Booth, Douglas. Surfing: The Extreme Guide. Santa Barbara, Denver and Oxford: Greenwood, 2011.

Clark, John. Hawaiian Surfing: Traditions from the Past. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2011.

Comer, Krista. Surfer Girls in the New World Order. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010.

Evers, Clifton. “How to Surf,” Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 30 (3) 2006.

Evers, Clifton. Notes for a Young Surfer. Carton: Melbourne University Press, 2010.

Ford, Nick  and David Brown. Surfing and Social Theory:Experience, Embodiment and Narrative of the Dream Glide. (London: Routledge, 2006).

Heywood, Leslie. “Third-Wave Feminism, the Global Economy, and Women’s Surfing: Sport as Stealth Feminism in Girls’ Surf Culture” in Anita Harris (ed). Next Wave Cultures: Feminism, Subcultures, Activism. New York and London: Routledge, 2008.

Lawler, Kristin. The American Surfer: Radical Culture and Capitalism. New York and London: Routledge, 2011.

Pearson, Kent. “Conflict, Stereotypes and Masculinity in Australian and New Zealand Surfing,” Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology, 18 (2) 1982.

Preston-Whyte, Robert. “Constructions of surfing spaces at Durban, South Africa, Tourism Geographies, 4, 2002.

Taylor, Bron. “Surfing Spirituality” in Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future. Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, 2010.

Waitt, Gordon. “’Killing waves’: surfing, space and gender,” Social and Cultural Geography, 9 (1) 2008.

Walker, Isaiah Helekunihi. Waves of Resistance: Surfing and History in Twentieth-Century Hawai’i. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2011.

Surf literature

a) On South African surfing

Barnett, Cornel. Hitting the Lip: Surfing in South Africa. Johannesburg: Macmillan, 1974.

Jarvis, Craig and Daniel Betty. South Africa Surf. Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2007.

Jury, Mark.  Surfing in Southern Africa, including Mauritius and Reunion. Cape Town: Struik, 1989.

Masterson, Miles. How to Surf. Johannesburg: Penguin, 2009.

Pike, Steve. Surfing South Africa. Cape Town: Double Storey, 2007.

b) General

Warshaw, Matt. The Encyclopedia of Surfing. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, 2003.

c) Autobiographies/Biographies of Surfers

Bartholomew, Wayne with Tim Bakker, Bustin’ Down The Door. Sydney: HarperSports, 1996.

Doherty, Sean. MP: The Life of Michael Peterson. Sydney: HarperSports, [2004] 2007.

Jarratt, Phil. Mr Sunset: The Jeff Hakman Story. London: Gen X, 1997.

Paarman, Donald. Lunatic Surfer or Destiny? Autobiography of a Springbok…whaaat! Wilderness: Donald Paarman, 2008.

Slater, Kelly with Jason Borte, Pipe Dreams: A Surfer’s Journey. London: HarperCollins, 2003.

d) Novels (where surfing drives the narrative)

Martin, Andy. Walking on Water. London: Minerva, 1992.

Nunn, Kem. The Dogs of Winter. New York: Washington Square Press, 1997.

Winton, Tim. Breath. London: Picador, 2008.

Surfing Films

a) Surf movies produced for a surfing audience

See list of surf films in Warshaw’s The Encyclopedia of Surfing.

b) Surf movies produced by Hollywood

See list of surf films in Warshaw’s The Encyclopedia of Surfing.

c) TV series

John from Cincinnati, created by David Milch and Kem Nunn, HBO Productions, 2007.


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