ANTH 175L: Surf Culture Field Lab

Credits 1 Lab Hours 3

Complements the lecture materials presented in the ANTH 175. Provides students with an understanding of surf culture in the Pacific Basin using O‘ahu as a model for understanding ancient and modern surfing culture in Hawai‘i. Field activities include surfing demonstrations and instruction, opportunities to speak with local cultural informants, and fieldtrips to various museums to learn about Hawai‘i’s surfing heritage. A coastal tour of O‘ahu will be made to study the history of several major surf breaks.


Credit for or registration in ANTH 175.

Course Outcomes
  • Discuss environmental and cultural factors affecting the development of surfing in Polynesia.
  • Discuss principles of anthropology as they apply to the creation and shaping of surfing culture.
  • Discuss modern social and legal issues relating to surfing.