SPOR07044 2022 Surfing

General Details

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Transcript Title
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Subject Area
SPOR - 1014 Sport
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2022 - Full Academic Year 2022-23
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Aileen Brennan, Kerry Larkin
Programme Membership
SG_BSPOR_H08 202200 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business SG_BAPPL_B07 202200 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business SG_BSPOR_H08 202400 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business

Particular reference is paid to the Northwest of Ireland and its world class natural surfing resource. The culture of surfing and related lifestyle sports are examined. The module will provide an exploration into the physiological and psychological benefits that result from human interaction with the ocean and the natural environment. Students will develop an increased understanding of the ocean and complex dynamics that underlie the sport of surfing. The module has a practical water based component through which the fundamental skills involved in surfing are developed. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explain the historical, technical and cultural concepts related to the sport of surfing.


Analyse oceanographic and meteorological forces which impact upon the sport of surfing


Demonstrate the motor and technical skills related to the sport of surfing.


Describe trends and best practice within the surfing industry. 


Identify and describe the role surfing can play in an individuals holistic development

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Fundamental concepts are introduced and illustrated through lectures. The understanding of students is tested and further enhanced through student centred learning exercises and interactive tutorial sessions. The application of theory to practice is facilitated through both teaching and practical based field experience. Within the module's theory and practical components, a blended method of delivery is an option when suitable

Module Assessment Strategies

  • Logbook: The logbook allows for the student to capture their lesson plans and learning in one centralised location. This material can be used as a resource for teaching. This material also provides a bank of evidence of work completed and can therefore be used when applying to complete future studies. This logbook will also capture the students own research which is relevant to the topic of surfing.
  • Micro Teaching: This form of assessment will allow for the student to demonstrate their teaching and coaching ability. The student will design, manage and run a safe and effective skills based practical session in an indoors environment.  
  • Project Work: The student will research a topic relevant to surfing in Ireland and then present the findings via a written piece of work and presentation

Repeat Assessments

  • Repeat Assignments may take the form of:

  • Essay
  • Project Work
  • Practical Work

Module Dependencies

SPOR06011 200900 Swimming 3

Indicative Syllabus

Definitions, Concepts and Equipment (1/2/3)

  • Examine the history of surfing nationally and internationally
  • Relate the evolution of surfboards and equipment to surfing today
  • Describe surfing rules and etiquette
  • Examine the processes involved in the formation of swell
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of surf clubs and the Irish Surf Association
  • Surf industry and trends

Surfing Culture (1/5)

  • Illustrate how the surfing industry uses surf culture as a commercial device
  • Inspect the use of surfing images, icons and legends
  • Describe the effect surf music surf films have on modern surf culture
  • Identify the great and influential surfers of the world
  • Identify what makes a great spot from a poor surf spot
  • Debate Irelands location as a great surf spot
  • Examine the difference between soul surfing vs. competitive surfing
  • Use meditation techniques and breathing exercises 

Practical Training (2/3/4)

Water Based Training

  • Explain and apply both surfing and general ocean safety 
  • Employ physical training and coordination exercises
  • Demonstrate basic surfing technique 
  • Demonstrate paddling, duck diving and wave survival
  • Recognise advanced methods and styles
  • Describe the physical benefits of surfing
  • Describe the mental benefits of surfing

Land Based Surf Instruction

  • Fitness components of surfing
  • Surfer Health
  • Fitness Training for surfing
  • Circuit training for surfing
  • Video analysis

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Reflective Logbook Coursework Assessment Individual Project 60 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Project and Presentation Project Project 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Supervision Offsite Facility Water Based Instruction 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2020-07-02 Surfing Life Routledge
ISBN 0367602210 ISBN-13 9780367602215

Surfing Life is a study of surfing and social change that also provides insights into other experience-based contemporary subcultures and the nature of the self and social formations in contemporary society. Making use of extensive empirical material to support innovative theoretical approaches to social change, this book offers an analysis of the relationship between embodied experience, culture and the economy. With its ground breaking theoretical contributions, and its foundation in an ethnographic study of surfing culture in locations across Australia, this volume will appeal not only to those interested in the social and cultural phenomenon of surfing, but also to anyone interested in the sociology of sport and leisure, the sociology of culture and consumption, risk-taking, subcultures and theories of contemporary social change.

Required Reading
2019-11-28 Surfing and Sustainability
ISBN 0367896222 ISBN-13 9780367896225

Surfing and Sustainability presents a new way of understanding the impact of surfing on the environment, society and the economy, providing important insights into the field of sustainability and arguing that the activity of surfing offers a unique opportunity to explore the ambiguity of sustainability. The book contextualises surfing within current debates on sustainability and applies these debates to an innovative theoretical framework drawn from elements of a risk society and sociotechnical transitions. The book discusses the capacity of surfing to influence behaviour, both at an individual and organisational level, exploring sustainability from a range of perspectives including industry, the charity sector, media and celebrity culture. Featuring a range of international case studies, it analyses the greening of the surf industry through topics such as ECOBOARD surfboard manufacturing, business innovation and branding, environmental activism, information technology and surf forecasting, as well as the expansion of artificial wave technology. The book also considers the future directions of surfing and how the inclusion of surfing in the 2020 Olympic Games will impact sustainability debates. This is important reading for academics and scholars, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students working and studying in sports studies, sociology, geography, economics, psychology, marine science, coastal management and economics. It is also a valuable resource for practitioners across the globe.

Required Reading
2010-09 The History of Surfing Chronicle Books
ISBN 9780811856003 ISBN-13 0811856003

Presents a history of surfing and and the culture it has spawned.

Required Reading
2016-04-08 Surfing Spaces Routledge
ISBN 1138849340 ISBN-13 9781138849341

This book offers a critical examination of the construction of surfing spaces, examining the where of surfing to explore how surfers order and border the places of the beach, as well as the place of the surfed wave itself. It explores how the surfed wave can be understood as an event that transforms the identity of the participant, evokes relational sensibilities and promotes both spirituality and feelings of home. Theories of non-representation and more-than-representation are adopted to analyse how surfers communicate these embodied experiences to others. The book also investigates how mobility changes surfing places, through local conflicts, global cultures, and consequences of colonisation. Social movements within surfing are also explored, as well as the commodification of surfing and the economic valuation of the wave."

Required Reading
2021-09-14 Saltwater in the Blood Watkins Media Limited
ISBN 9781786785558 ISBN-13 1786785552

Powerful feminist nature writing by the pioneer of women's big-wave surfing in Ireland. Easkey Britton provides a rare female perspective on surfing, exploring the mental skills it fosters, and the need to recognize the value of the ocean and of nature's cycles in our lives. This is an incredibly inspiring exploration of the sea's role in the wellness of people and the planet, beautifully written by Easkey Britton surfer, scientist and social activist. She offers a powerful female perspective on the sea and surfing, explaining what its like to be a woman in a man's world and how she promoted the sport to women in Iran, surfing while wearing a hijab. She speaks of the undiscussed taboo around entering the water while menstruating and of how she has come to celebrate her own bodily cycles. She has developed her own approach to surfing, which instead of seeking to dominate the waves, works in tune with the natural cycles of her body, the moon and the seasons. In a society that rewards busyness, she believes that understanding the influence of cycles becomes even more important and we all have them, men and women. For Easkey, the sea is a source of mental and physical wellbeing. She explores the mental toughness needed in big-wave surfing, and presents surfing as an embodied mindfulness practice in which we can find flow and connect with the movement of the waves. She stresses the need to recognize the ocean as our most powerful ally when addressing our greatest global challenge: the climate crisis. Above all, Easkeys relationship to the sea has taught her about the need to meet life and evolve with it, rather than seeking to control it. By such wisdom our planet might just survive and thrive.

Recommended Reading
2013 The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports
ISBN 0415478588 ISBN-13 9780415478588

This important new study examines the changing place and meaning of lifestyle sports e" parkour, surfing, skateboarding, kite-surfing and others e" and asks whether they continue to pose a challenge to the dominant meanings and experience of e~sporte(tm) and physical culture. Drawing on a series of in-depth, empirical case-studies, the book offers a re-evaluation of theoretical frameworks with which lifestyle sports have been understood, and focuses on aspects of their cultural politics that have received little attention, particularly the racialization of lifestyle sporting spaces. Centrally, it re-assess the political potential of lifestyle sports, considering if lifestyle sports cultures present alternative identities and spaces that challenge the dominant ideologies of sport, and the broader politics of identity, in the 21st century. It explores a range of key contemporary themes in lifestyle sport, including: identity and the politics of difference commercialization and globalization sportscapes, media discourse and lived reality risk and responsibility governance and regulation the racialization of lifestyle sports spaces lifestyle sports outside of the Global North the use of lifestyle sport to engage non-privileged youth Casting new light on the significance of sport and sporting subcultures within contemporary society, this book is essential reading for students or researcher working in the sociology of sport, leisure studies or cultural studies.

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