The critical surﬁng studies ﬁeld is currently undergoing a scholarly re naissance
of sorts and, at the time of publication, contributions to the ﬁeld continue to
emerge from diverse academic disciplines and wave- riding communities across
the globe. In this moment of tremendous growth and expansion of core aca-
demic research related to surﬁng, we owe a debt of gratitude to the many surfers
with whom we have discussed this volume and the social, po litical, and cultural
state of surﬁng around the world. We have encountered countless fellow surfers
concerned with how surﬁng culture, sport, and industry can be more socially
meaningful and po litically influential, as well as less environmentally damaging.
We are grateful to every one who has shared an insight or a laugh that con-
tributes to critical conversations within the surﬁng world, and to those who
demand that surﬁng retain social, po litical, and environmental value.
We have the contributors to thank for the proj ect’s success, and we wish to
thank the authors for their patience, cooperation, and enthusiasm throughout
the pro cess of coordinating this collection. As we have stated from the proj ect’s
outset, we hope that this collaborative eﬀort has been a joyous experience! It
has certainly been rewarding for us, and every exchange—in person, via email,
and over the phone— has been a plea sure and a privilege.
Several contributors merit an expression of our gratitude. Krista Comer met
with us on several occasions from proj ect genesis through completion, provid-
ing us with valuable insights along the way. Glen Thompson, Robin Canniford,
and Doug Booth contributed ideas and support for the proj ect from its very
inception, and Clifton Evers provided excellent advice at the planning stages of
the volume. Pat Moser was kind enough to show us around his Northern Cali-
fornia stomping grounds and connect us with several veteran authors. Conver-
sations with Cori Schumacher and Dina Gilio- Whitaker contributed to our
sense of the ﬁeld’s reach beyond academia and its intersections with their work.