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Surfboard making and environmental sustainability: New materials and regulations, subcultural norms and economic constraints

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Abstract


  • Surfers are well aware of oceanic sustainability issues such as water quality and

    pollution, impacts of tourism, and local conflicts over coastal development. But

    there are also sustainability problems associated with the very equipment needed

    to participate in a surfing life. Surfboards are manufactured items that entail a

    host of upstream labour and environmental issues. This chapter accordingly discusses

    environmental sustainability issues in the surfboard-making industry, and

    dilemmas that arise as a consequence of uneven regulation, and the industry's

    combination of structural economic features and subcultural origins. We draw

    on qualitative, longitudinal research where we have visited and interviewed

    people in 36 surfboard-making workshops in Australia, Ha wai'i and Califomia

    over half a decade (see Warren and Gibson 2014). In this chapter we document

    sustainability issues such as dependence on petroleum products and harmful

    chemicals, differences in environmental regulation and poor waste management

    practices - issues related to making surfboards with which many surfers may not

    be so familiar.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Gibson, C. & Warren, A. (2017). Surfboard making and environmental sustainability: New materials and regulations, subcultural norms and economic constraints. In G. Borne & J. Ponting (Eds.), Sustainable Surfing (pp. 87-103). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138930759

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85020953425

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4187&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3181

Book Title


  • Sustainable Surfing

Start Page


  • 87

End Page


  • 103

Place Of Publication


  • Abingdon, United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Surfers are well aware of oceanic sustainability issues such as water quality and

    pollution, impacts of tourism, and local conflicts over coastal development. But

    there are also sustainability problems associated with the very equipment needed

    to participate in a surfing life. Surfboards are manufactured items that entail a

    host of upstream labour and environmental issues. This chapter accordingly discusses

    environmental sustainability issues in the surfboard-making industry, and

    dilemmas that arise as a consequence of uneven regulation, and the industry's

    combination of structural economic features and subcultural origins. We draw

    on qualitative, longitudinal research where we have visited and interviewed

    people in 36 surfboard-making workshops in Australia, Ha wai'i and Califomia

    over half a decade (see Warren and Gibson 2014). In this chapter we document

    sustainability issues such as dependence on petroleum products and harmful

    chemicals, differences in environmental regulation and poor waste management

    practices - issues related to making surfboards with which many surfers may not

    be so familiar.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Gibson, C. & Warren, A. (2017). Surfboard making and environmental sustainability: New materials and regulations, subcultural norms and economic constraints. In G. Borne & J. Ponting (Eds.), Sustainable Surfing (pp. 87-103). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781138930759

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85020953425

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4187&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3181

Book Title


  • Sustainable Surfing

Start Page


  • 87

End Page


  • 103

Place Of Publication


  • Abingdon, United Kingdom