Surf Studies

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Cheryl Edelson, Dr. Gail Grabowski, Dr. James Kraus. Dr. Peter Steiger

Chaminadeʻs Surf Studies minor/certificate celebrates the indigenous Hawaiian origins of surf culture by emphasizing the sense of place, so integral to a Chaminade education, as the thematic beginning point for the interpretation and analysis of surfing as a cultural phenomenon. This interdisciplinary program aims to embrace surfing from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including cultural studies, philosophy, business, science and technology. Hawai’i is the birthplace of surfing, and the program aims to build on this rich cultural heritage as well as the emerging global movement toward scholarship in the field.