42 episodes

The Surfing Historian podcast, hosted by Dr. Jason Old, features scholars from around the world discussing some of their most recent research. Jason is a historian, surfer, world traveler, and university professor, with connections to academics and researchers doing interesting and noteworthy work in their respective fields—many of whom are surfers themselves. In this podcast, Jason and his colleagues discuss the nuanced world of surfing, examining the historical, cultural, philosophical, and even scientific elements of the sport we’re all stoked on. This includes the origins of surfing itself, from its roots, rituals, and the existential allure of the waves, to the stigmas of being a surf studies scholar. This podcast is for anyone and everyone who enjoys stimulating and thought-provoking conversations about history, culture, society, and surfing.

The Surfing Historian Jason Old

    • History

The Surfing Historian podcast, hosted by Dr. Jason Old, features scholars from around the world discussing some of their most recent research. Jason is a historian, surfer, world traveler, and university professor, with connections to academics and researchers doing interesting and noteworthy work in their respective fields—many of whom are surfers themselves. In this podcast, Jason and his colleagues discuss the nuanced world of surfing, examining the historical, cultural, philosophical, and even scientific elements of the sport we’re all stoked on. This includes the origins of surfing itself, from its roots, rituals, and the existential allure of the waves, to the stigmas of being a surf studies scholar. This podcast is for anyone and everyone who enjoys stimulating and thought-provoking conversations about history, culture, society, and surfing.

    From the Vault: The Confederacy and Historical Memory with Aaron Lewis

    From the Vault: The Confederacy and Historical Memory with Aaron Lewis

    Dr. Aaron Lewis, a historian of the U.S. South, talks about his dissertation on the historical memories of Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis of the Confederate States of America and the importance of studying the Confederacy and its role in perpetuating white supremacy throughout U.S. history. He also discusses how/why Confederate symbols are still present in the United States today and the way their meanings have changed throughout the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    • 47 min
    Surfonomics and Ocean Conservation with Chad Nelsen

    Surfonomics and Ocean Conservation with Chad Nelsen

    For the final episode of Season Two, Dr. Chad Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation, and I discuss "surfonomics", the threats our oceans and coasts face, and how surfing can play a large role in conserving our planet.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    The History of the Surf Shop with Katie Hunt

    The History of the Surf Shop with Katie Hunt

    For this episode, I am joined by surf historian Katie Hunt. Katie is in the home stretch of her History Ph.D. at the University of Kent. She’s an avid surfer at her home break in North Devon. That is…when the waves are good.

    In this episode, Katie offers us a brief history of the “surf shop,” as well as an overview of its founding years in California from 1935 to 1959—an era in California surfing history considered the golden years of isolated nomadic surf communities.  

    • 53 min
    Bonus: Q and A with Host, Jason Old, about Nicaragua's Surf History

    Bonus: Q and A with Host, Jason Old, about Nicaragua's Surf History

    The is a special episode with "The Surfing Historian" Podcast host, Jason Old, where he addresses a few questions from one of our loyal listeners. The questions are about his specific research on the proliferation of surf tourism in Nicaragua. Do you have questions for our host? Feel free to visit us at surfinghistorian.com and send your questions on our contact page.

    • 16 min
    Surf Pilgrims, Tourism, and Heritage with Stefan Krause

    Surf Pilgrims, Tourism, and Heritage with Stefan Krause

    For today’s episode, I chat with Dr. Stefan Krause about his research on surf tourism in Costa Rica and his work on cultural heritage in the Federated States of Micronesia. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Coastal Law and Surf Break Protection with Jesse Reiblich

    Coastal Law and Surf Break Protection with Jesse Reiblich

    For this episode, I chat with Jesse Reiblich, professor of marine law and policy at the University of Rhode Island, about surf break protection and his most recently published article, "A Global Review of Legal Protection Mechanisms for the Management of Surf Breaks," which he co-published in Marine Policy with Dr. Shane Orchard and Mauricio dos Santos.

    Jesse Reiblich is an attorney and expert in coastal and marine law and policy. He teaches and researches at the University of Rhode Island in the Marine Affairs Department. Jesse has published on many topics, including coastal access and equity, climate change policy, the public trust doctrine, water law, coastal adaptation, the California Coastal Act, and surf break protection. His upcoming research will focus on environmental justice concerns in the U.S. Territories, coastal access and recreation, and the efficacy of statutory coastal laws.

    • 46 min

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