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Pacific passages : an anthology of surf writing

Author: Patrick Moser
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Pacific Passages brings together four centuries of writing about surfing, the most comprehensive collection of perspectives on the history and culture of a sport that has recently been transformed into a global industry. Included are Hawaiian legends and chants, journals of the first Western explorers to the South Pacific, and travel narratives of missionaries and luminaries such as Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Moser
ISBN: 9780824831554 0824831551
OCLC Number: 199451329
Description: xii, 338 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Surfriding in Polynesian culture --
pt. 2. Explorers, missionaries, and travelers (1769-1896) --
pt. 3. Surfriding revival (1907-1954) --
pt. 4. Youth culture (1957-1979) --
pt. 5. Surfing today --
pt. 6. What is surfing?
Responsibility: edited by Patrick Moser.
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Presents a collection of perspectives on the history and culture of surfing. This book includes Hawaiian legends and chants, journals of the first Western explorers to the South Pacific, and travel  Read more...

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