maintaining an active blog. Dina Gilio-­Whitaker, a research associate at the Center for
World Indigenous Studies, has also dedicated much ink to scholarly topics relating surf-
ing to indigeneity in popu­lar print, also publishing on her blog RumiNative (https://­
dinagwhitaker​ . ­ wordpress​ . ­com​ / ­ ). In 2014, Australian ­ w omen’s media collective The Mer-
Society (http://­themermaidsociety​.­com​.­au​/­) was founded to in­de­pen­dently cover ­maid
women’s surfing.
32. See Comer and Schumacher, this volume.
33. ​Academic presses have also published noteworthy trade histories of surfing and re-
lated reference texts, most notably the University of Hawai‘i Press, which released John
Clark’s history, Hawaiian Surfing: Traditions from the Past (2011), and Tony Butt’s Surf
Science: An Introduction to Waves for Surfing (2004). Columbia University Press recently
released Pete Maguire and Mike Ritter’s Thai Stick: Surfers Scammers, and the Untold Story
of the Marijuana Trade (2015), a trade history of the cannabis industry that details surfing’s
relationship to pot at ­ g reat length. The University of Nebraska Press is responsible for
Jeremy Evans’s The ­ Battle for Paradise: Surfing, Tuna, and One Town’s Quest to Save a Wave,
a narrative of the conflicts surrounding Costa Rican surf destination Pavones. mit Press
published Richard Kenvin and Christine Knoke’s Surf Craft: Design and the Culture of
Board Riding, an accompaniment to the 2014 exhibition of the same name at San Diego’s
Mingei International Museum, marking a consideration of surfcraft in an art historical
mode. That same year, the University Press of Florida issued Paul Aho’s Surfing Florida: A
Photographic History, which accompanied several exhibitions statewide.
34. ​As writings of journalists and popu­lar historians have garnered scholarly attention, ­
career academics have also contributed to popu­lar lit­er­a­ture on surfing. Ben Finney,
of Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i since 1973, a longtime research ­Professor
associate at Honolulu’s Bishop Museum, and an authority on the Pacific world, co-­
authored (with James Houston) the seminal Surfing, the Sport of Hawaiian Kings, one of
the earliest trade press surfing histories. The tome was republished as Surfing: A History
of the Ancient Hawaiian Sport. Patrick Moser’s anthology of surf writings, Pacific Passages,
compiles sources spanning from indigenous and colonial Polynesia to the twenty-­first ­
century. Since publication, Moser’s volume has anchored teaching of surf-­related curricula
and provided valuable primary source ­ m atter for researchers, including rare and unpub-
lished archival materials. Moser has also coauthored two books with South African world
champion surfer Shaun Tomson: see Tomson, Surfer’s Code and The Code. Douglas Booth
has also contributed to surfing nonfiction, elaborating a comprehensive reference text that
complements more than two de­cades of scholarly writing on surfing. For his trade text, see
Booth, Surfing: The Ultimate Guide. His Australian Beach Cultures discusses surfing at ­ g reat
length in exploring the role of the coast in Australian culture. Clifton Evers aimed to open
the minds of young surfers to promote social justice and critical thought with his popu­lar
text Notes for a Young Surfer.
35. See Finney, “Surf boarding in Oceania,” “Surfing in Ancient Hawaii,” “The Develop-
ment and Diffusion of Modern Hawaiian Surfing,” and “Surf boarding in West Africa.”
36. Published in 1973 and 1978, respectively, Irwin’s and Pearson’s works are among
the earliest scholarship of surfing. See Irwin, “Surfing: The Natu­ral History of an Urban
Scene”; Pearson, Surfing Subcultures; and Pearson, “Conflict, Ste­reo­types, and Masculinity
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