Surf Craft - Kenvin, Richard
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Surfboards were once made of wood and shaped by hand, objects of both cultural and recreational significance. Today most surfboards are mass-produced with fiberglass and a stew of petrochemicals, moving (or floating) billboards for athletes and their brands, emphasizing the commercial rather than the cultural. Surf Craft maps this evolution, examining surfboard design and craft with 150 color images and an insightful text. From the ancient Hawaiian alaia, the traditional board of the common people, to the unadorned boards designed with mathematical precision (but built by hand) by Bob Simmons,…mehr

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Surfboards were once made of wood and shaped by hand, objects of both cultural and recreational significance. Today most surfboards are mass-produced with fiberglass and a stew of petrochemicals, moving (or floating) billboards for athletes and their brands, emphasizing the commercial rather than the cultural. Surf Craft maps this evolution, examining surfboard design and craft with 150 color images and an insightful text. From the ancient Hawaiian alaia, the traditional board of the common people, to the unadorned boards designed with mathematical precision (but built by hand) by Bob Simmons, to the store-bought longboards popularized by the 1959 surf-exploitation movie Gidget, board design reflects both aesthetics and history. The decline of traditional alaia board riding is not only an example of a lost art but also a metaphor for the disintegration of traditional culture after the Republic of Hawaii was overthrown and annexed in the 1890s.
  • Produktdetails
  • The MIT Press
  • Verlag: MIT Press Ltd
  • New
  • Seitenzahl: 176
  • Erscheinungstermin: 29. August 2014
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 287mm x 261mm x 25mm
  • Gewicht: 1459g
  • ISBN-13: 9780262027601
  • ISBN-10: 0262027607
  • Artikelnr.: 40842346
Autorenporträt
Richard Kenvin is Director of the Hydrodynamica Project. He writes for The Surfers Journal and is the guest curator of the Surf Craft exhibition.