Queering surfing from its heteronormative malaise: public visual pedagogy of circa 2014

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Surfing’s inter-relationship with sex, sexuality and gender has been established as strong, in earlier seminal research and contemporary social research, both mentioned in Chapter 1. As noted in the ancient chants and oral histories (see Clark, 2011, Masterton, Chapter 2 this volume) sexuality practices, or more accurately heterosexuality practices, are well documented in relation to surfing. In a study of Surfer Magazine in 1963-1976, Tocki (2016) notes: Surfers often wrote in the magazine to describe the act of riding the wave as a type of sex act. This association reinforced heteronormativity and contributed to the normalization of the masculine. In some accounts, the surfboard acted as a larger, surrogate phallus for male surfers who described the ocean and waves using sexual language. Male surfers highlighted the fact that the ride within waves and barrels on their surfboards was like '‘a sexual orgasm’'.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSurfing, Sex, Genders and Sexualities
Editors lisahunter
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781315201238
ISBN (Print)9781138708129
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

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