The Surfing Historian, hosted by Jason Old, brings together international scholars from an eclectic range of academic fields, among them, humanities, social sciences, and surf studies (yes, that's a real field) to share their most recent research. Jason is a historian, surfer, world traveler, and college professor, with connections to academics doing interesting and noteworthy work in their respective fields—many of whom are surfers themselves! In this podcast, Jason explores a wide range of thought-provoking topics with his friends and colleagues, diving deeper into their latest research, and providing them with a platform to share their insights and findings. We’ll steer clear of the pretentious jargon that turns many non-academics away. These episodes are for surfers, historians, surf-historians, and everyone in between. So paddle out with Jason and his colleagues as they glide through the world of academia!
S1: E17: Canada: A Very Short Introduction with Donald Wright
In this last episode of the season, I chat with Dr. Donald Wright. Don is a Canadian historian at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, a small city in Atlantic Canada. His research interests include Canadian political, intellectual, and cultural history. For this episode, Don and I will be talking about his book Canada: A Very Short Introduction , which is a book he published as part of Oxford University Press's Very Short Introduction series.
S1: E16: Decolonizing Surf Tourism with Tara Ruttenberg and Pete Brosius
In this episode we discuss critical surf studies as a field of academic research, speak to the merit of surf-related experiential learning programs, and share highlights from our research into decolonizing sustainable surf tourism.
S1: E15: Surf Localism in Occupied Surfscapes with Tara Ruttenberg and Pete Brosius
In this episode we discuss different types of surf localism in the context of surfscape colonialism in the Global North and Global South, based on our recent work related to critical localisms of resistance in occupied surfscapes. We explore localisms of entitlement and resistance, as well as girl localisms in a range of well-known surfscapes to highlight the ways surfers are using localism as a means of both perpetuating and contesting the colonial, patriarchal and racialized neoliberal state of modern surfing and its surf tourism industrial complex.
S1: E14: Guerrilla Movements and Counterinsurgencies with Rob Koch
In this episode, Cold War and Latin American historian, Dr. Rob Koch, talks about guerrilla movements and counterinsurgencies in Latin America, starting with the 1959 Cuban Revolution.
S1: E13: Juan Perón and the Global Cold War with Rob Koch
In this episode, historian of Latin America and combat veteran, Dr. Rob Koch, talks about his research on Juan Perón, Fascism, and the Global Cold War.
S1: E12: Surflore and Ireland's Surf Culture with Frederique Carey
In this episode, I chat with my friend and colleague Frederique Carey about her research on Ireland’s surf culture and its links to identity formation through storytelling, something that draws from the country’s ancient bardic traditions, popular culture, and poetry.
Great Podcast To Learn
I’ve really enjoyed listening to unique perspectives on history and learning something new every podcast. Can’t wait to see what’s next!
I’ve enjoyed the first 2 episodes immensely, the guest perspectives in their field of study have taught me much, especially in E2 about East and West Germany reunification. I look forward to hearing more!
Unique Point Of View
Jason has brought in the latest and up and coming research. He has combined his passion for History and surfing (more in some episodes than others) and offers a unique perspective and a relaxing vibe to take in all the information. A must if you love history.