Women on Waves: A Cultural History of Surfing: From Ancient Goddesses and Hawaiian Queens to Malibu Movie Stars and Millennial Champions

Women on Waves: A Cultural History of Surfing: From Ancient Goddesses and Hawaiian Queens to Malibu Movie Stars and Millennial Champions

by Jim Kempton
Women on Waves: A Cultural History of Surfing: From Ancient Goddesses and Hawaiian Queens to Malibu Movie Stars and Millennial Champions

Women on Waves: A Cultural History of Surfing: From Ancient Goddesses and Hawaiian Queens to Malibu Movie Stars and Millennial Champions

by Jim Kempton

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Overview

A captivating look at two centuries of surfing—"the Sport of Queens"—from Native Hawaiian royalty to the breakout style and jaw-dropping feats on the waves today.

Few subjects in the world of sports and or the outdoors is more timely or compelling than women’s surfing. From smart, strong, fearless women shattering records on 80-foot waves to professional athletes fighting for equal pay and a more fair and just playing field, these amazing, wave-riding warriors provide an inspirational and aspirational cast of powerful role models for women (and men) across all backgrounds and generations.

Over the past two-hundred years, and especially the past five decades, the surfing lifestyle have become the envy of people around the world. The perception of sun, sand, surf, strong young women and their inimitable style, has created a booming lifestyle and sports industry—and the sport that is set to make its Olympic exhibition debut in Tokyo 2021. A massive shift from when colonizers tried to extinguish all traces of Native Hawaiian surfing and its sacred culture.

What is it about the surfing that intrigues people of all ages, from all corners of the world? The beaches and idyllic locations? The unique style and mystique that surfers project? These women, on the beach and riding giant waves, or in the media, have made their mark on not just their sport, but our wider culture.

Women on Waves is filled with phenomenal athletic performance, breakthrough female achievements, and plenty of inspiration and fun to see us through until the time when we can all hit the surf once more!

Spanning a millennia from Hawaii to Malibu, New York to Australia, South Africa to the South Pacific and beyond, Jim Kempton presents a fascinating new narrative that will captivate anyone who loves sports and the outdoors.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643137247
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/06/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 705,062
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Jim Kempton is the award-winning former editor in chief of SURFER magazine. He is the author of three books, the including First We Surf, Then We Eat and Surfing: The Manual. Currently, he is the President of the California Surf Museum and served as project director for a 70-foot surf exploration vessel, the Indies Trader, which traversed the globe in search of new wave discoveries while mapping the location and health of the world’s reefs.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 The Sport of Queens, the Realm of Goddesses 1099-1899 1

2 Death, Resurrection and the Road to Emancipation 1900-1925 12

3 Rediscovering the Supreme Pleasure 1926-1941 22

4 A New Rising Swell 1941-1950 30

5 Wahine Wanderlust Adventurers of the 50s 1949-1959 38

6 Hollywood Malibu Magic 1945-1958 45

7 Gidget Goes Global 1959-1969 55

8 The Surfing Life 1959-1969 62

9 First Editions The 60s 70

10 Big Girls Don't Cry 1962-1967 79

11 The Golden Age The 60s 86

12 Surrealistic Pillow 1967-1972 94

13 Short boards, Short-sighted, and Short-changed 1969-1975 103

14 Visionaries Breach the Barricades 1975-1982 113

15 The First World Surfing Tour Around the World in 80 Dismays 123

16 Heart Full of Soul 1982 131

17 Some Girls The 70s 142

18 Professionalism Goes Feminine 1982-1993 158

19 Love is a Battlefield The 80s 169

20 Somebody Bring Me Some Water 1981-1992 180

21 Just A Girl 1993-1999 191

22 A League of Their Own The 90s 199

23 The Resurgence of Glide 1982-1999 209

24 Turbulent Indigo The 90s 218

25 Millennium Stars 2000-2007 228

26 Seven Wonders 2000-2007 243

27 The Edge of Glory 2007-2011 250

28 Big Wave Matadoras 1950-2000 261

29 Making the Big Time 2007-2020 269

30 Insult To Injury 282

31 The Long Way Around 2000-2021 291

32 Shining Lights 304

33 The Father-Daughter Dance The 20-Teens 314

34 Dancing On My Own 2011-2021 325

35 Brave New World 2000-2020 341

36 Pure Heroines 349

37 Ocean Eyes 365

38 The Medea of Media 377

39 New Rules 2010-2020 389

40 Rolling in the Deep 2015-2020 402

41 Making Points 413

42 Head Above Water 425

43 Big Energy 443

44 The Future is Female 2000-2022 453

Acknowledgments 459

Bibliography 461

Name Index 483

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